Lily Takes a Walk

Lily Takes a Walk

by Kitamura
     
 

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A charming book for children who want to be a little scared. Monsters large and small pop up at every turn as Lily takes a walk with her dog, Nicky. But Lily isn't afraid; she has Nicky to protect her. Full-color illustrations.

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A charming book for children who want to be a little scared. Monsters large and small pop up at every turn as Lily takes a walk with her dog, Nicky. But Lily isn't afraid; she has Nicky to protect her. Full-color illustrations.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Hiawyn Oram's Angry Arthur, Kitamura illustrated the violent, intense rages a child sometimes feels. Here, he addresses the subject of childhood fears. When Lily and her dog Nicky go out walking, Lily loves to look at the world around her. For Nicky, however, the walk is a hair-raising experience: a face grins evilly from a tree; monsters rise from a trash can; streetlights become staring eyes. Kitamura simultaneously and humorously depicts Lily's and Nicky's divergent perceptions of the same walk; he is adept at tinging reality with the surreal elements that give rise to Nicky's fears. A gatefold last page reveals a heart-stopping finale for Nicky (and a hilarious coda for readers). Children will enjoy identifying with the imperturbable Lily (``Aren't they clever?'' she says when faced with very real, swooping bats) and feeling superior to Nicky, who in fact experiences many of the fears they themselves are prone to. Nicky's nervous antics and his overactive imagination give this stroll a delicious scariness; inventive details on each page make this a walk well worth taking. Ages 4-6. (October)
Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Lily loves to walk with her dog, Nicky. They go lots of places. Even when it gets dark, Lily isn't afraid because she is with Nicky. Lily always has a happy smile, but Nicky is the one who sees the ominous faces in the street lights, or the mail box with the big scary teeth. Lily even misses the dinosaur in the river when she is crossing the bridge. But of course the readers don't miss the scary things. Lily and Nicky make it home safely and Lily tells mom and dad about her walk. Nicky can only bark about all of the scary things he saw. There is even a little twist at the end.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 The straightforward text tells of Lily and her dog Nicky's stroll through town, while the illustrations show Nicky fending off real and imagined monsters on every page (a snake, a mailbox with teeth, a dinosaur). At the end, Nicky is safe in his basket when, on a final foldout page, he is frightened by a family of mice. The simple childlike drawings of Lily and Nicky and the details of the city setting have a charm that should appeal to children, but the book does not work successfully as a whole. Some of the ``monsters'' that the dog sees are so subtly portrayed that they may be missed until Nicky reviews them in image balloons near the end of the story. The playful visual activity of looking for monsters in everyday items is abandoned for very obvious fantasy near the end. This book is a clever idea with an appropriately humorous ending, but for a more skillful look at the interplay between the real and the imaginary, go back to Raskin's Nothing Ever Happens on My Block (Atheneum, 1966) or to Seuss' first masterpiece, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (Vanguard, 1937). Kay E. Vandergrift, School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.
Publishers Weekly
"Addresses the subject of childhood fears. A gatefold last page reveals a heart-stopping finale for Nicky (and a hilarious coda for readers). Children will enjoy identifying with Lily and feeling superior to Nicky, who in fact experiences many of the fears they themselves are prone to. Nicky's overactive imagination gives this stroll a delicious scariness; inventive details on each page make this a walk well worth taking."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374444808
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/15/1998
Series:
Unicorn Paperback Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.99(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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