Characters from familiar road signs come to life at night and get up to a bit of mischief in this nearly wordless book.
The leaping deer reaches up to sample the leaves from a tree; the farmer and tractor get busy plowing in the cornfield; the person who uses a wheelchair wheels away; the road-crew worker creates a sand castle with their shovel; the school child in trousers woos the one in a skirt with a flower; the running “[child] at play” goes for a swing; the two children on the seesaw pull down the toy and join the others in a quaint procession as they march up a hill together. The group removes the yellow circle from a traffic-signal sign and use the seesaw to fling it into the sky, where it becomes…the rising sun. They celebrate and then disperse. As a school bus approaches at the end, the deer is back in its place on the sign, leaving readers to infer the others are on their signs as well. The stark, computer-drawn landscapes are clearly intended to coordinate with the black silhouettes of the road-sign figures; however once readers get the premise, there is not much else to engage their attention, since the vast majority of this unusually long book is occupied by buildup.
This book is heavy on concept and light on execution, and readers may be yawning before the end. (Picture book. 3-6)