As a child, I received this book from my parents no doubt because at the time there weren't many books with a character named Ethan. Now at almost 40, this book from my childhood has become my daughter's favorite. Elsie says the "book is funny and silly, because climbing up a building to get a ball is dangerous." I too think this book is great and not just because of Ethan's most creative problem solving skills. In particular, the assortment of archtypal New Yorkers who refuse to assist Ethan with the retrieval of the precious red rubber ball are amusing foils to our hero. Clearly, New York today is a kinder, gentler, and much cleaner city than it was in the early 1970s, but there was also a certain charm to that New York as well which is fun to revisit in the pages of "Good Ethan."