one warm wednesday willie walked a way want to run want to say wild willy stay. . . ."" With the help of McCully's pleasant line and wash pictures, which clarify what's going on but don't do much more, Adoff's idiomatic vertical lines evoke a very small black child's adventure alone in her brownstone neighborhood, while her family protests (""we want willie home to stay home for dinner home to play"") and she clowns around: ""where wild willie walk in that way willie is a shadow on a sun shine day shadow willie shadow play."" It's dark when she comes home with a ""willie wild willie be free be free,"" but all she gets from her worried family (""where wild willie in the cold cold night. . ."") is happy hugs. Well, it eases along nicely as usual.