A mood piece for bedtime, describing the sights, sounds and activities of early evening (""Mothers and fathers who work come home to their families. . . Kitchens are warm. . . Pets are walked. . .""), bedtime (with warm baths, kisses and stories), night and dawn. There are enough sensory specifics to hold on to--""Fire sirens sound scarier. . . radiators make noises as they cool off. . . any light turns things into shadows""--although none of them is especially sharp. In fact the whole thing is one of those neuter, chameleon-like lists that derive their color from the illustrations--and oddly enough Tony Chen, who usually has a lighter touch, gives his town, his people and even his fire engine a bland, blatant Dick-and-Jane anonymity.