I think I've found my short story that has been missing since 1972!

Roald Dahl's birthday was earlier this month. His books have sold more than 100 million copies.

Thinking of that, it's pretty amazing that I got this postcard. It's dated 24th August '72, and says, "Dear April, I loved your story about Herman the frog. I read it aloud to my daughter, Ophelia, who also loved it. I read it to my secretary, Hazel, who giggled. Lots of love, Roald Dahl." What's even more amazing is that Dahl took the short story I sent him when I was 12 - carefully printed on wide-ruled paper- to lunch with the editor of a children's magazine. She contacted me later and asked if she could publish it. It was about a six-foot-tall frog who loved peanut butter.

If I ever got a copy of the magazine, I lost it years and years ago. I had a vague memory it was called Puffin, but I was never able to find it on Google. And I was sure I had it wrong. After all, Puffin is a book publisher.

But I've been asked to write about how Roald Dahl helped make me be a writer for the LA Review of Books. And somehow today I hit on the right combination of search terms and found out there was a magazine that featured children's writings called Puffin Post that was put out by Puffin in the 1970s. And they also published Roald Dahl. That has to be it. I just sent off an email to Puffin Post (which folded but has since been resurrected).

I am beyond excited to think I might see my old story again.

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The frog story
I so hope that it turns up, April. And when it does, share it with me!
What a great hunt this has been! I hope you find it! The story of the story is so much fun!
My 39 year old memory is pretty creaky. I actually had another postcard from Dahl, but it's been lost over time.
I love this story, April. Thank you for sharing it!
I sure hope I hear from them! I wish London wasn't eight hours ahead, which means evening. I want to imagine that someone is reading my question now!
Of course they are reading it right now! Someone is up early and reading it and thinking -- Of course! I've always loved that frog story! It's in this file right here . . . :)
I also emailed someone on the British ebay site that had an issue from 1973 for sale...
I've actually brought it on a few school visits, but i can find the Puffin magazine I will get them framed together.
Love that postcard! Fingers crossed that you get to see your story again, April!
The funny thing is that I remember, as a little English boy, having a subscription to the Puffin Post. But that's all I remember!!

That Roald Dahl sent you such a sweet postcard is the greatest story ever. As well as the fact that, at 12, you were destined to be a writer.