The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
(Philomel Books, 2013, 40 pages)
Crayons have feelings, too, in this funny back-to-school story illustrated by the creator of Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me — now a #1 New York Times bestseller!
Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.
What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best? Kids will be imagining their own humorous conversations with crayons and coloring a blue streak after sharing laughs with Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers.
One of our reference librarians, Julia, ordered this book for our collection here in the library. Wow! Did she make a good choice for our juvenile book collection. A co-worker of mine told me she had ordered it for her grandsons because she liked it so much. So I was curious to see what she liked so much about it. It took me about thirty minutes to read it. And every one of those thirty minutes was worth it! This book is LAUGH OUT LOUD funny! Duncan’s crayons have complaints which they convey in a series of letters. What makes it so funny is that it’s so true. I can imagine each color crayon really having these complaints. Red and blue ARE overworked, pink probably IS ignored by a boy, and beige is right, when was the last time you saw a kid excited about coloring wheat? The author, Drew Daywalt, hits this one WAY out of the park with some of the most clever, touching and hilarious text I’ve ever seen in a children’s book. This is an awesome book!
It’s about a boy named Duncan who has an unexpected discovery one day at school. His crayons have all written him letters of complaint! Grey crayon is tired of coloring in all those large animals–elephants hippos, whales; Black crayon is tired of only being used to outline other colors; Blue crayon is just plain tired; Green crayon is happy enough but he’d like to intervene on behalf of his friends, Orange and Yellow, who are currently not speaking to each other as each claims to be the true color of the sun; and Pink and Beige feel frankly ignored.
A beautifully done book with a story everyone can relate to, even us adults! The concept of crayons quitting their day jobs is imaginative and a great way of storytelling to young and old. I loved the story and the illustrations. I would highly recommend this book for every family with or without children to add to their collection. It will truly put a smile on your face 🙂