This amiable series of episodes involving two boys' urban outings (presumably contemporary) has an untroubled, old-fashoned (say 1950s) outlook--reinforced, incidentally, by Shortall, who puts a dress, beads, handbag, and flower-trimmed hat on a young mother airing her brat in the park. The city's identity is not specified--a bid for urban universality which tends instead to get in the way of a sense of solid reality--and the boys' ages are just as indeterminate, though Noah (who can't read ""no admittance"") acts younger than his independent peregrinations would suggest. Anyway, Adam and Noah have lots of unexpected fun and amusing dilemmas. They catch a diamond thief at a silly monster-movie matinee as a hairy octopus chases its victims on screen; they happen into a free round-trip flight to Washington when, sightseeing at the airport, they try to return a traveler's lost wallet and end up hustled on board; and, after a few other such happenings, they are drafted for a TV interview promoting a summer camp but disconcert all concerned with their enthusiasm for city summers. It's a point, of course, that Bond has been making, quite convincingly, all along.