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Slightly Irregular Fire Engine

The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine

Donald Barthelme

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-828-0
Trim Size: 8.5x11
Cloth
Overlook
11/16/2006

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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.

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