The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine | Little Lit Book Series

You could call this an epic fairy tale, or the ultimate collaboration.  Either way, it’s both.  Philip and Erin Stead have brought to life Mark Twain’s story about a poor boy, some magical seeds and a stolen prince, based on Twain’s notes, partially written outline and unfinished story found archived at UC Berkeley.

“It is, quite literally, a book that reaches through time.  ... It is a story of goodness, honor, and courage in the face of tyranny, told with a humor and inventiveness we hope Mark Twain—and Clara and Susy—would have endorsed.” — From a note from the editor.

The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine rings in as one of our favorites books this year, and we hope you’ve had the opportunity to read it and some of the others that we’ve mentioned, which have all been beautiful and meaningful contributions to children’s publishing this year.

Written by Mark Twain and Philip Stead, illustrated by Erin Stead and published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers.