Strange amalgam. Take one large portion of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, lend in a half portion, diluted, of King Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table, a dash of Alice -- then close your eyes and take a long swallow. There's a little bit of everything here, starting with an orphan boy, appended to a large and rowdy family -- and a carnival merry-go-round, a little magic gnome, and a beguiling merry-go-round mare -- and thrust them into a never land where a pack of hounds and some hunters with no other idea in mind capture them. List of adventure on several levels introduces all the other factors of the blend, and the whole winds up with mission accomplished. Even the fantasy alerted child would find himself confused by allusions and assumptions of familiarity with vague sources of- dare we call it- inspiration?