Saturday, May 19, 2018

[Children's Book Review] The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Children's Book Review of The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers is a cute tale about crayons writing letters to their owner, Duncan. Some are tired and overworked, some feel underutilized and ignored, while others can't agree if they are the "real" color of the sun! 

Let's dive in!

The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers


Synopsis:
Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!

Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other. 

What is Duncan to do? Debut author Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers create a colorful solution in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way.


My thoughts: 
The crayons are a mix of emotions; tired, sad, fed up, annoyed. Some feel overused, while others feel sad and lonely because they aren't used enough. Two are fighting over the sun, and one is trying to be a peacekeeper. But what will Duncan do to make them all happy? 

This book was so cute! I loved that each page featured a specific crayon color. Also on each page, there was a letter from one specific crayon to Duncan telling him why it is upset along with an illustration of featuring things from that specific color. For example, on first page like this, we see Red Crayon writing to Duncan saying that it is overworked and tired, and on the next page we see a firetruck, hearts, santa, and apples. 

The Day The Crayons Quit red crayon

The artwork was so perfect for this story! I loved that Oliver Jeffers absolutely nailed the tone. Check out more of Oliver's work here.

This could definitely be a hit with children! Just perhaps not super sensitive ones. I know when I was a kid I felt bad when my crayons got all short and stubby, and thinking about them being alive and angry at me may have really bummed me out. 


Thanks for reading!
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18 comments:

  1. This is adorable! I know my nieces and nephews would love this when they get older.

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  2. This looks hilarious and cute. I really need to read more picture books.

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  3. This book is soooooo nice! I have read it in my classroom and I loved it :)

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  4. Aw, I love the concept of this one. I can't think of a children's book that made me uncomfortable though.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. That's good!! :) I was trying to think of another, and I have a vague memory of one where a kid got in trouble that made me really sad as a kid... I can't remember the title though.

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  5. This book looks so fun and I love the artwork.

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  6. This one looks adorable! And I love the concept of the crayons communicating with their owner. :)

    -Tanya
    Http://girlplusbooks.blogspot.com

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  7. This one was so cute! Have you tried the sequel? :)

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  8. My daughter read this at school and loved it. I need to get a copy of this one for at home!

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    1. Definitely! :) I'm so glad to hear that she loved it!

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  9. The illustrator did a beautiful job! I need to check this one out for my niece.

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