The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine


To say that Mark Twain has published a new book seems a bit odd since he has been dead for more than a century.  But last month, The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine hit books shelves everywhere. It is a children’s book that was written in collaboration with Philip and Erin Stead, the couple who brought us the Caldecott Award winning book A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Recently 16 pages of notes, hand written by Twain, were discovered in an archive in Berkley, California. According to the scholars at Berkley, the story was one that Twain made up and told to his daughters as a bedtime story in 1879 and has never been published until now.  The Steads were asked to take these notes and create a children’s book. They have written the book as if the notes were a story told to them by a friend.

To find out more about this, read a full article and interview with npr HERE.


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