The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine or The Hithering Thithering Djinn
By Donald Barthelme
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.
- 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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