The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine

The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine

Book - 2017
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"Based on a set of unfinished Mark Twain notes for a children's story, this is the tale of Johnny, a young boy with a magical ability to speak to animals who sets off to rescue a stolen prince"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday Books for Young Readers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780553523225
Characteristics: 151 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm


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IndyPL_SteveB Feb 28, 2020

A children’s book based on a story that Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) told his daughter in 1879. Twain left only 16 pages of notes about the story, perhaps intending to work on it further; but he never came back to it and did not even write down the ending. Doubleday acquired the rights and worked with Philip Stead and his Caldecott Award-winning artist wife, Erin, to turn it into a book. Stead presents the story as being told in a conversation between himself and Twain, over tea, with Twain walking out of the room toward the ending and never returning. So Stead has to create an ending. It is structurally awkward as storytelling; but the oddness of it probably would have tickled Twain.

In spite of various clever Twain and Twain-like observations, the story is just okay. (But still a treat for Twain fans, I’m sure.) However, the illustrations by Erin Stead are quite beautiful and worth a look.

Jul 05, 2018

How wonderful it would have been if Mr. Twain had recorded the other tales he spun for his girls. This story is delightful and the illustrations superb.

JCLChrisK Nov 20, 2017

Marvelously done. Witty, wonderfully diverting, and worthy of its originator.

ArapahoeKati Oct 09, 2017

A delightful and silly (and smart) tale of Mark Twain's unfinished-but brought-to-life story, one that he told his daughters before bed. Fragments of the tale were discovered by a researcher in 2011. Pretty neat!


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Sep 25, 2017

sally_11 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over


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