The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine : Or the Hithering Tithering Djinn (Hardcover)

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The National Book Award-winning children's classic relates Matilda's adventures in the Chinese house that grew in her back yard. Renowned author Barthelme presents Mathilda's escapade in a witty and whacky text with collage illustrations made entirely from 19th-century engravings. Full color.

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Publisher Overlook Pr
Mfg Part# 9781585678280
SKU 202533298
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1585678287
Release Date 11/16/2006
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Dimensions (in Inches) 11.75H x 9L x 0.5T
Author Info
Donald Barthelme
The oldest of five children, Donald Barthelme was born in Philadelphia, but grew up primarily in Houston. He was educated at the University of Houston and, as a young man, worked for the "Houston Post". In 1953 he was drafted into the military and served in Korea and Japan. He returned to Houston to work for the university writing public relations material--a job he did well, but didn't particularly enjoy. In the 1960s he took up residence in Greenwich Village in New York City in order to write for and edit various magazines. He became an established author of short stories, most of them first appearing in "The New Yorker", and began a pattern of residing half of the year in New York and the other half in Houston, where he had a position as a creative writing instructor at the University of Houston. In his career as the author of four novels and many short story collections, he accumulated numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the National Institute of Arts & Letters Award. Barthelme was married four times; he and his second wife, Birgit had a daughter, Anne Katherine. He died of throat cancer in Houston in 1989. In an essay written shortly afterward in the "New York Times Book Review", his friend, the critic Lisa Zeidner, wrote, "As dreckmeister, Barthelme occupies a singular position. He probably watched more network television and listened to more country music than any other artist who also quoted Kierkegaard and Beckett."
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Annotation Though primarily known for his odd and unusual short stories for adults, Donald Barthelme's children's book, originally published in 1971, has a similar tenor of surreal strangeness and humor. During a fine day in 1887, Mathilda discovers a Chinese house in her backyard instead of the fire engine she'd been craving. Inside, she encounters a knitting pirate, a cat-seller atop a camel covered in kittens, a tumbling elephant, and most importantly, a powerful djinn guide. Illustrated completely with B&W clip art set against boldly colored pages, this picture book is one of a kind.
Product Attributes
Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 05
Number of Pages 0030
Publisher Overlook Press

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