1972

The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine or The Hithering Thithering Djinn

By Donald Barthelme

Original Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Current Publisher: Overlook Juvenile
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Ages 9 & Up

Children’s Books Finalists That Year:

  • Jan Adkins for The Art and Industry of Sandcastles
  • John Donovan for Wild in the World
  • Virginia Hamilton for The Planet of Junior Brown
  • June Jordan for His Own Where
  • Ursula K. Le Guin for The Tombs of Atuan
  • Robert C. O’Brien for Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
  • Cheli Duran Ryan for Hildilid’s Night
  • Marilyn Sachs for The Bears’ House
  • William Steig for Amos & Boris
  • Clyde Watson for Father Fox’s Pennyrhymes

Children’s Books Winner That Year: Donald Barthelme for The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine or The Hithering Thithering Djinn

Judges That Year: Paul Heins, Lore Segal, Jean Stafford

The Year in Literature: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien won the Newbery Medal.

More Information: 

  • Barthelme was a Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction in 1975 for Guilty Pleasures.
  • In 1972, Barthelme co-founded the long-running experimental literary magazine Fiction. The magazine has featured work by Samuel Beckett, Clarice Lispector, and Joyce Carol Oates.

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