Sign Off

Illustrated by Stephen Savage
LIST PRICE £8.49

About The Book

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.

About The Author

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Stephen Savage is the author and illustrator of nine books for children, including the New York Times bestselling picture book Polar Bear Night, written by Lauren Thompson. He is the creator of the Where’s Walrus books, Supertruck, and Little Tug. Steve is the recipient of a New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, a Sendak Fellowship, an ILA Primary Fiction Award, and a Geisel Honor Award. His editorial illustrations have appeared in dozens of major newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their daughter.

About The Illustrator

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Stephen Savage is the author and illustrator of nine books for children, including the New York Times bestselling picture book Polar Bear Night, written by Lauren Thompson. He is the creator of the Where’s Walrus books, Supertruck, and Little Tug. Steve is the recipient of a New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, a Sendak Fellowship, an ILA Primary Fiction Award, and a Geisel Honor Award. His editorial illustrations have appeared in dozens of major newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their daughter.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (May 2019)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534412118
  • Grades: P - 3

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Raves and Reviews

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

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