The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine

An unlucky beginning leads to unlikely adventure for Johnny, the hapless hero of The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine, co-authored by Mark Twain and Philip Stead (A Sick Day for Amos McGee). Johnny's only friend is a chicken named Pestilence and Famine. When his cruel grandfather orders the bird be sold, Johnny and his chicken set off for market. Along the way, they meet an old woman with magical seeds and hear of Prince Oleomargarine's disappearance.

Imagined conversations between Twain and Stead, co-authors writing more than a century apart, add wonderful depth to Purloining, reminding readers that the story's recent discovery is as remarkable as the tale itself. Beautifully understated and nuanced illustrations by Erin Stead add the finishing flourishes to this remarkable work. --Kyla Paterno, former children's and YA book buyer

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