(1944- ) US writer of various religious texts for young children, with titles like God, I've Gotta Talk to You (1974) and My First Bible Book About Jesus (1983), He came to prominence in fantasy with his widely praised Beast-Fable The Book of the Dun Cow (1978) and its downbeat sequel The Book of Sorrows (1985). These concern Chauntecleer the rooster and his barnyard friends (some of the characters' names are borrowed from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales) and a terrible threat to their world – the whole clearly designed as a religious Allegory. Also of fantasy interest is The Crying for a Vision (1995). [DP]
other works (for children): Elisabeth and the Water Troll (1991); Branta and the Golden Stone (1993).
Walter Wangerin Jr