The town's verdict -- ""those hell raisin' Smith kids"" -- is amply justified by the facts in a book which is amusing, without trying too hard. A story about real kids -- for grown-ups. (But the junior members will like it too!) New Canaan, Conn, is background for the misadventures. You won't believe what a ferret can accomplish when taken to market; what a tree house can lead to; what happens when a ow gets drunk instead of producing her offspring; how 13-year old Toby upset a swanky camp; etc, Read for yourself and enjoy the trio to the full, since they aren't your children!