The Sign Painter: 08/31/11
The Sign Painter by Allen Say is a semi-autobiographical picture book. When he was sixteen the author worked as a sign painter.
Here the story is about a boy (presumably Say) and the man (presumably his teacher). They start in the city but get a contract to paint billboards along an American highway. From the picturesque mesa filled landscape, it's probably route 66 or similar.
The artwork sucked me. It's one of those books with a striking cover and equally striking artwork on the inside. The paintings are done in the style of Edward Hopper. On page 32 there's even a passing homage to Hopper's "Night Hawks."