The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
One day Duncan opens his box of crayons and finds only letters saying his crayons have quit! The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers is a very humorous story sure to entertain both children and adults, even encouraging some to revisit the past joys of crayons and coloring books.
The crayons have had enough and want Duncan to know why they’re unhappy. Each disgruntled crayon airs their grievances in letters: overworked Red, Gray, and Blue are exhausted; unappreciated Pink hasn’t been used once in the past year; neat freak Purple wants Duncan to color inside the lines; Beige is tired of being called “light brown” or “dark tan;” Black wants to be used for more than outlining; Yellow and Orange are fighting over which one of them is the true color of the sun; and Peach isn’t pleased about his paper wrapping being peeled off because now he feels naked!
Duncan just wants to color, so he decides to create a picture taking all his crayons’ feelings into consideration. His teacher gives him an A for coloring, an A+ for creativity and all his crayons are happy again.
The comical letters on each page, written of course by each crayon in their own color, are the highlight of the story and had me laughing out loud. Some of my favorites include Purple warning Duncan “If you don’t start coloring inside the lines soon…I’m going to COMPLETELY LOSE IT” and Blue complaining that after being used too much, he is so short and stubby he can’t even see over the railing in the crayon box anymore! The imaginative illustrations feel authentic and add to the hilarity of the crayons’ sentiments.
The Day the Crayons Quit will be sure to amuse adults and have young ones giggling while learning their colors. Both will be looking at crayons in a new way.
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