Published August 18th 2015 by Philomel Books
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
I'm not sure what it is about this kid Duncan, but his crayons sure are a colorful bunch of characters! Having soothed the hurt feelings of one group who threatened to quit, Duncan now faces a whole new group of crayons asking to be rescued. From Maroon Crayon, who was lost beneath the sofa cushions and then broken in two after Dad sat on him; to poor Turquoise, whose head is now stuck to one of Duncan's stinky socks after they both ended up in the dryer together; to Pea Green, who knows darn well that no kid likes peas and who ran away—each and every crayon has a woeful tale to tell and a plea to be brought home to the crayon box.
After working through the strike held by his crayons last year, Duncan is now surprised to learn that he's forgotten some of his friends in various places across the house, and on vacation - and they're writing to voice their concerns, as they begin to make their way home.
Daywalt's writing is just as funny and entertaining as the first book, using letters once again to illustrate the concerns of the crayons. But instead of just hand-written notes this time, Daywalt makes the clever decision of utilizing vintage postcards as the communication method by choice, which is both appropriate for the crayon's laments, while also adding another layer of humor to their tales.
Where as the first book focused more on the idea of Duncan showing a better appreciation of his crayons and the importance of speaking one's mind, The Day the Crayons Came Home makes it a subtle point of focusing on respecting and keeping track of one's personal possessions. It's a lesson well-learned by Duncan, as he not only works to bring each of his crayons home, but makes a place for all of them in the end.
Bottom line: Daywalt and Jeffers proves that there's plenty of life and sparkle in Duncan's story and the crayons. Sure to delight first-time readers, while bringing previously appreciative fans back into the fold.
About the author/illustrator:
Drew Daywalt grew up in a haunted house, but now lives in a Southern California home haunted by only his wife, two kids, and a German Shepherd. A Hollywood screenwriter when he is not writing for young readers, Drew’s favorite crayon is Black. Follow Drew at @DrewDaywalt.
Oliver Jeffers is a creator of art for both adults and children. An illustrator of fine art, his picture books have received numerous awards and much critical acclaim.The Day the Crayons Quit, written by Drew Daywalt, is the #1 New York Times Bestseller, exploding a wave of success that first began swelling with the bestsellers Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me.
Born in Belfast, Ireland, he now lives and creates art in Brooklyn, New York.