The Sign Painter
In his Caldecott acceptance speech for GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, Allen Say told of his difficulty in separating his dreams from reality. For him this separation was not as important as finding a meaning behind the contradictions and choices we all must make in life and their consequences.
Early one morning a boy comes into town, hungry, and looking for work. He meets a sign painter who takes him on as a helper. The boy yearns to be a painter. The man offers him security.
The two are commissioned to paint a series of billboards in the desert. Each billboard has one word, Arrowstar. They do not know its meaning. As they are about to paint the last sign, the boy looks up and sees in the distance a magnificent structure. Is it real? They go to find out.
Through a simple text and extraordinary paintings, the reader learns of the temptation of safe choices and the uncertainties of following a personal dream. Here Allen Say tells a haunting and provocative story of dreams and choices for readers of all ages.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - satyridae - LibraryThing
The best thing about this book is the last page. It's a lovely homage to Edward Hopper, and shows the famous diner, empty . I did enjoy the illustrations very much, but the text was muddy, and not ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - raizel - LibraryThing
A young man stops in a small town and takes a job with a sign painter. His choice---between a steady job and doing what he loves---is paralleled by the hinted-at subplot of a the man who has commissioned a series of billboards. The last page is strongly reminiscent of Edward Hopper. Read full review