This bedtime story is rewritten and finished by Philip Stead from Mark Twain's incomplete manuscript, and illustrated by Erin Stead. Philip and Erin Stead (husband and wife, how lovely!) are star author/illustrator of children books, and one(two?) of my favorite.
Like all the fairy tales, there is one kind and brave main character: Johnny, who can communicate with animals. And there must be an adventure waiting for the boy. The story is about how Johnny accomplished a task with the animals' help. Philip Stead even created the scene that Mark Twain came to tell him this story, and tried to use the lines in the original manuscript.
It may not be a suitable bedtime story for little kids. The story is kind of dark and reveals some unjust even ridiculous social reality. And the sense of humor the author Philip Stead tried to put in the plot by having several parts of conversations with Mark Twain might be hard to be understood by children. But still, it is a fun and time-worthy reading....Continua