When it comes to discovering lost children’s books by famous authors, it’s been an exciting couple of years. In February of 2016 we got The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter. Goodnight Songs, a collection of never-before-seen stories by Margaret Wise Brown was released in 2014. And of course, we all remember the July 2015 release of What Pet Should I Get? an unpublished book by everyone’s favorite, Dr. Seuss.
Now, 107 years after his death, we’re getting a new book from Mark Twain.
The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine was discovered in the Twain archives at the University of California by John Bird, a cookbook writer looking for recipes created by the famous author. In the story, originally told by Twain to his daughters at bedtime, a young boy eats a magic flower that gives him the ability to understand animals. Then, he and his new animal friends go off to rescue a kidnapped prince.
Unfortunately, Mark Twain never finished his story, so children’s book authors Philip and Erin Stead were brought in to finish and illustrate the book. It is due to be published in the fall of this year.