When Lily takes a walk, she sees only the evening star and the ducks on the canal; but her dog Nicky sees sea serpents and vampires lurking in the shadows. Kitamura, who won the 1983 Mother Goose Award for his illustrations to Hiawyn Oram's Angry Arthur, has a wonderfully quirky style that combines a Japanese sensibility with a Western-style sense of humor. As Lily walks through the streets of her town, insensible to the offbeat and threatening monsters, poor Nicky stares aghast. At dinner, Lily cheerfully tells her parents about her day, while cartoon balloons picture what Nicky would say if only he could talk. This understated, subtle, and delightful story offers no moral, but children will enjoy its double world of fantasy and reality.