Even though the other kids won't let little Andy play, he is assured of his importance when they all start playing around with his name, pictured in the form of four large letters which he drags around behind him on a wagon. ""Okay! Everybody make a word!"" shouts a big girl in cowboy disguise, and the children begin arranging the letters on the wagon: first FAN, MAN, PAN, etc., then HAND, BAND, SAND, STAND, and at last HANDY, DANDY, CANDY. . . all just adding initial letters to parts of Andy's name. . . until Andy, still left out, shouts ""Wait just a minute! You won't let me play, so I'm going to take my name and go home!"" whereupon the other variously costumed children tumble from the tower of letters they've been building. All the words in the book (except those that they make) are spoken by the children in comic-style bubbles, the pictures are as unpretentiously witty as the concept, and we so rarely see either a pre-pre-primer or an ego-building parable with any style at all that we'd like to give Andy a boost.