The wonderful O
Part of the The New York Review children's collection series
Littlejack has a map that indicates the existence of a treasure on a far island.
Black has a ship to get there. So they team up and sail off on Black's vessel, the Aeiu-a name based on all the vowels except for O.
O he hates since his mother got wedged in a porthole.
Black and Littlejack arrive at the port of the island and demand the treasure.
No one knows anything about it, so they have their henchmen ransack the place-to no avail.
But Black has a better idea: he will take over the island and he will purge it of O.
The vicissitudes visited on the islanders by Black and Littlejack, the harsh limits of a life sans O, and how finally with a little luck the islanders shake off their tyrannical interlopers and discover the true treasure for themselves all create a timelessly zany fairy tale about two louts who try to lock up the language-and lose.