The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine

Book review by Jan Carr, Common Sense Media
The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 8+

Found Mark Twain fairy tale made vibrantly new and classic.

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

No reviews yet.

Add your rating

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Stands out for and .

Community Reviews

age 5+

Mark Twain surprisingly lives

More than a surprise, Phil Stead embodies the spirit of Twain so effortlessly that you are sure they are genetically “ entwained”. Erin Stead’s illustrations so perfectly capture and enhance this timeless and quirky fairy tale. I wanted to join in on the journey and talk to the characters and luxuriate in their beauty in words and art. A tale for all ages, Purloining will appeal as a fable for young children and as an exploration of complex human emotions for adults.Quite a feat. With almost a Kurt Vonnegut sensibility, “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargerine “ will likely become a classic in children’s literature.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Book Details

Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love fairy tales and read-aloud stories

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon magic wand on orange background
    Magic and Fantasy
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of luggage and a map
    See all
  • Cartoon hands high fiving
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of the side profile of a boy
    Great Boy Role Models
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of an elephant
    Wild Animals
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate