Challenged to draw outer-space-themed pictures representing Effervescent, Perspective, and finally The Unknown, a boy manages to come up with a picture you can walk into and vanish. Another boy learns the hard way that you have to trust in something more than magic and not place your faith in wizards. Elsewhere, a newlywed couple’s relationship is delicately examined after the wife buys a giant teddy bear at auction, instead of sensible furniture. The longest section, almost a novella in three segments, is a faux fairy tale featuring a rat-catcher and a dead king. Ishiguro inhabits a good range of distinct voices and there is more emotional subtlety in these deceptively simple stories than first meets the eye.