Dictionary Of American Children's Fiction, 1859-1959

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 98%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (11) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $105.37   
  • Used (7) from $1.99   


Helbig and Perkins offer in one comprehensive volume information about fiction of recognized distinction written for children: entries give biographical data on authors, detailed plot summaries, information about outstanding characters, memorable settings, significant motifs. The authors, both respected critics and university teachers of literature, have certainly performed a service to students of children's literature in compiling all the data they present here. Their brief critical evaluations are a special strength of the book. Children's Literature Association Quarterly

A welcome addition for all libraries whose staff or patrons seek the best in children's literature.

American Libraries

Browsers will be ensnared by this book, which gives extremely detailed (if rather rigorously critical) plot summaries, character sketches, and brief author biograhies for 420 children's books. Choice

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Books of more than 5000 words which have won major awards or are found on a prominent list (e.g., ChLA's Touch stones or Horn Book's ``Fanfare'') form the basis of this dictionary. En tries for authors (brief biographical and publishing data, and usually a terse cri tique) and for major characters and set tings supplement title entries on 418 novels and some short stories. Main en tries give bibliographic, genre, period, setting, plot, and character data, con cluding with a succinct critical judg ment. The index (not seen by reviewer) will list books by setting, period, first- person narration, subjects, themes, il lustrators, genres, and authorial pseud onyms. A second volume, of equal size, will cover 1960 to the present. Nothing really first-rate escapes, but a lot of dross is captured too. While the volume cannot easily be used as a guide to great reading, it will be a valuable literary and sociological reference tool. Patri cia Dooley, formerly with English Dept., Drexel Univ., Philadelphia
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313225901
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/23/1985
  • Pages: 684
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)