It’ll be your new favorite fairytale.
If you’ve been longing for a follow-up read to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, you’re in luck because a never-before published fairytale by Mark Twain is being released this fall. On September 26th, The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine hits bookshelves, and it’s bound to become a reading staple for all ages.
Author Philip Stead and illustrator Erin Stead, the creators of the award-winning story A Sick Day for Amos McGee, completed Twain’s unfinished tale, which is based on 16 pages of notes that Twain wrote to his daughters in Paris in 1879. It’s believed that while Twain told his daughters countless stories, this was the only story he wrote down.
So who discovered this literary masterpiece? We can thank a visiting scholar at the Mark Twain Papers & Project at the University of California Berkeley, who was doing his own research back in 2011 when he stumbled across the handwritten notes in the archives.
The narrative is framed as a story “told to me by my friend, Mr. Mark Twain” and is about a young boy who gains the ability to talk to animals after eating a magical flower. Throughout the book, the boy adventures off into the wild with the animals to rescue a kidnapped prince. While the book was unfinished, the final story stays true to Twain’s style with touches of humor, playfulness, and of course, includes a central character in his books: a young boy sailing off into adulthood.
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Inspired by Twain’s original notes and crafted to perfection by two of the biggest names in children’s literature, this discovery is going to make waves in the publishing world. Head over to Amazon to pre-order your copy now.