Children's Books

The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt. Pictures by Oliver Jeffers.

My, Santa, what good taste you have in children’s books!

The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt from ameliesbookshelf.com
The Day the Crayons Quit is a new favorite around here- it is comprised of a series of letters to a little boy written by his crayons. Each crayon has some bone to pick with poor Duncan, whether they feel over or underused, are having a row with another color (orange and yellow are apparently not speaking to each other after disagreeing over the true color of the sun), or wish he would work harder at coloring inside the lines.

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I love gray crayon’s complaint- he’s tired of being used to color elephants, humpback whales, and rhinos. All the huge animals. He reminds Duncan that baby penguins and tiny pebbles are gray, too. And green crayon, who isn’t actually vexed, but rather wants to congratulate Duncan on his successful “coloring things green” career so far. Also, poor Peach Crayon, who simply asks

Why did you peel off my paper wrapping?? Now I’m NAKED and too embarrassed to leave the crayon box…
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The inimitable Oliver Jeffers illustrated this book, he of The Incredible Book Eating Boy and This Moose Belongs to Me fame.

What literary goodies did your children find under the tree?

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6 thoughts on “The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt. Pictures by Oliver Jeffers.

  1. We loved this book! We checked it out from the library and enjoyed it enough that I read it to my oldest’s second grade class. Alas, it was not one of our Christmas presents this year. Our only picture books were Dream Animals, The Snow Queen, and On a Beam of Light, in addition to chapter and middle grade books.

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