It comes as no surprise to learn that Mark Twain told stories to his young daughters when they were growing up in the 1870s and 80s. We can only imagine that these stories were fanciful and, above all, funny. But it’s thrilling to learn about the 16 pages of hand-written notes Twain scholar John Bird discovered among Twain’s papers several years ago, and even more exciting to find out that acclaimed author-illustrator team Philip and Erin Stead (A Sick Day for Amos McGee, Caldecott winner, 2011, and Bear Has a Story to Tell ) have been working for the last three years to turn Twain’s notes into a picture book. The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine will be released on September 26, and as children’s book releases go, this one promises to be a cultural event, offering opportunity for discussions about American history and literature, race, depictions of race in illustrated children’s books, and even kangaroos. Call us at the store if you’d like to pre-order your copy—(410)532-2000.

Interested in learning more? Check out this article published yesterday in The New Yorker.