Hardcover, 36 pages
Published June 27th 2013 by Philomel
Format read: Finished copy (purchased)
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.
Well, look no further than Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffer's delightful The Day the Crayons Quit. Daywalt introduces us to Duncan's box of crayons; a box that has had enough. The crayons are going on strike, and tell Duncan - through a series of hilariously honest letters - all the reasons why they can't work for him anymore.
The idea of crayons going on strike is funny to begin with, but Daywalt manages to combine that humor with intelligence and charm, as the book looks into all the reasons why the crayons feel the way that they do.
As we learn that the red crayon feels overworked, or that the white crayon feels underused, the book helps reinforce the idea of respecting one another, and also respecting the idea of sharing and of being equal in our day-to-day lives.
Within all of those letters, there's also a positive lesson of the value of speaking your mind. Duncan manages to find a solution for the crayons that brings harmony and joy back into the crayon box, and back into Duncan's life.
With delightful artwork from Oliver Jeffers - seriously, the way the letters were written + accompanying drawings made me crack up - this is a book has become a instant winner in my book.
Bottom line: This is a book with not only a unique premise, but smart lessons, funny writing and charming drawings, which makes this a must-have for every shelf.
I predict that Daywalt and Jeffers will cause generations of kids to look at their crayon boxes a little differently after reading this, and will have them wondering just what it is their crayons are thinking.
About the author & Illustrator:
Oliver Jeffers (www.oliverjeffersworld.com) makes art and tells stories. His books include How to Catch a Star; Lost and Found, which was the recipient of the prestigious Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award in the U.K. and was later adapted into an award-winning animated film; The Way Back Home; Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.