From award-winning author-illustrator Stephen Savage comes a playful wordless picture book about what the figures on road signs do when no one is around!
What do the figures on signs do when no one is watching? Under cover of night, they leave their signs to play and collaborate in this imaginative story by celebrated author-illustrator Stephen Savage.
Readers are probably familiar with stories about toys coming to life when night falls. In this wordless picture book, Savage (The Babysitter from Another Planet) imagines that the same is true for symbol signs, those bright orange and yellow street signs that feature black silhouetted figures. As the moon rises in the sky—the settings, bathed in lovely muted nighttime shades, are as stylized as the protagonists—the symbol characters leap off their respective signs and indulge in a little free play (a deer nibbles at low-hanging leaves; a construction worker builds a sand castle). Then all the symbols gather at the top of a hill, take the yellow circle down from the traffic light sign, and with a little collaborative engineering, launch it into the sky to bring on another day. Savage’s aesthetic and mastery of color are tailor-made for this inventive story, imbuing everyday objects with a vivid sense of character and narrative. Readers won’t be able to see signage the same way again.
– Publishers Weekly, February 11, 2019
Stephen’s new book is not only great for the “word-less” crowd, with a full-blown story; It’s designed with genius! Bravo, Mr. Savage. Keep ‘em coming!
– Tomie DePaola
Signs at the side of the road are there simply to inform drivers and that’s all they do. Or is it? Savage’s clever, (mostly) wordless picture book divulges what goes on at night when the images on the road signs are free to come and go as they please....Savage’s signature illustrations, with their crisp, clean outlines, are spare and striking, and they clearly reveal the shenanigans that take place after dark. Subdued blue, green, brown, purple, and rose convey the nighttime hours, though the illustrations are still bright enough that the actions can be easily followed. This imaginative concept will fascinate youngsters while making them more aware of the signs around them.
– Booklist STARRED REVIEW, May 1, 2019
This is brilliantly illustrated throughout and includes endpapers that let the children know that the story begins at night, but as the sky lightens and the characters finish their work, the last endpaper features the sunrise. The geometric shapes and lack of words might suggest this title is for the littlest of children (and it is) but the story and all the clues it contains makes it a winner for the higher end of this range. VERDICT This is a must-buy for any elementary or juvenile collections.–Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
– School Library Journal, Starred Review, May 2019
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