The author of the popular B is for Betsy series with her second book for boys- and again about little Eddie. This time he gets himself involved with an old fire engine which the fire department is retiring, and an understanding father buys it in for his birthday at the auction. (We wonder how Mother felt about it!) Children adore the absurdity of ridiculous might-be-true situations, and will laugh themselves silly over Eddie's unusual Christmas card, Anna Patricia's two front teeth and how they got lost at school, and how Gardenia, Eddie's goat, robbed a pie wagon. Boys and girls too will love it. Eddie and his friends are so real and such fun that they should be here to stay. The writer has the unusual gift of recognizing sure-fire situations that will appeal to small readers, and telling the stories in the sort of language they accept as their own. Third graders can read it to themselves.