The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine, or The Hithering Thithering Djinn

The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine, or The Hithering Thithering Djinn

by Donald Barthelme


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One morning in 1887, Mathilda went out into the back yard and discovered that a mysterious Chinese house had planted itself there overnight. She had wanted a fire engine, but the mysterious Chinese house was intriguing too. From inside came strange sounds: growls, howls, whispering, trumpeting.

Plucky Mathilda walks right in. She finds all sorts of peculiar things: a sulky captured pirate, a giant popcorn-popping machine, an elephant that falls downhill once a day truly every kind of flawless flourishy footlooseness. Mathilda gets to see everything in every room, guided by the hithering thithering djinn, who even arranges to leave her a souvenir that is just about exactly what she wanted.

Renowned author Donald Barthelme presents Mathilda s escapade in a witty and whacky text with collage illustrations made entirely from nineteenth-century engravings. It's a unique, fun, and ultimately wonderful book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374370381
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 01/01/1971
Pages: 32
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Donald Barthelme (1931-1989) published twelve books, including two novels and a prize-winning children's book. He was a regular contributor to the New Yorker and taught creative writing at the University of Houston. In his career, he won

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