A salamander finds magic in an unexpected place when he sets out after a cure for his fear of darkness. Assured by a trio of frogs that Abra the magician can help, Pip follows his trail -- through dark woods, an even darker tunnel, and a long, long night. Finding the old turtle at last, Pip begs for magic to be brave in the dark. ""But you already have magic,"" the sage replies, ""you found it in the woods and in the tunnel and in the night...."" Walsh's dappled, cut-paper collages evoke Leo Lionni's for simplicity and immediacy. Pip's red-orange, blue-speckled body makes an instant visual focus as he clambers over large, egg shaped pebbles, ventures into the serpentine tunnel, is seen in a cutaway view, or climbs a rocky hill lit by a huge golden moon. Less rarified of theme than Walsh's Hop Jump (1993), this imaginative, boldly colored treatment of a common anxiety is her best work yet.