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When Joan Aiken—who would have celebrated her 91st birthday on Friday—first appeared in the pages of TIME, the author didn’t even get the honor of having her full name in the review of her work. Rather, she was “Poet Conrad Aiken’s daughter Joan.”

But, as we revisit that review in honor of the birth of the author, who died in 2004, it’s clear that her daughter-of designation didn’t mean that her talent was less than stand-alone. In fact, the unbylined reviewer raved in a 1963 pre-Christmas round-up of new books for children, the book she had written was the year’s stand-out story:

Read the full story from 1963, here in the TIME Vault: From Pooh to Salinger

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