Review: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers

The Day the Crayons Quit The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (illustrations)

ISBN-13: 9-780399-255373
Publication: June 2013 from Philomel
Source: BEA 2013
Rating: 5 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I loved it!

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?

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I absolutely adore The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. Duncan opens up his box of crayons and sees letters saying that they have all quit! All the basic colours are represented, from red to blue to green and purple, including white, peach and beige with black and grey interspersed with pink, yellow and orange.

Yellow and Orange are feuding over who is the real colour of the sun, while Purple just wants Duncan to start colouring inside the lines. Peach can’t leave the crayon box, Blue is shrinking, Red feels overworked and Beige wants more work! Each crayon has a neat little letter telling Duncan exactly why they have quit and asking him to please fix the problem. Oliver Jeffers’ illustrations match the story perfectly, showcasing drawings close to what a child’s might look like, and providing handwritten letters rather than traditional typed text (in the colour of each crayon, too!).

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I’ve read The Day the Crayons Quit to grades primary to four and the students always love it. It promotes great discussion about creative choices in both drawings and colour choosing, how Duncan can help his crayons and Peach always gets the most uproarious laughter – especially from the primary grade! (Mind you, I then find peach crayon wrappings all over the floor and their desks. Read the book – you’ll see why!) This book will definitely be a staple in any of my classrooms, and I highly recommend it to any teacher, parent or anyone just looking for a cute and funny picture book.

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