Title: The Day the Crayons Quit
Author: Drew Daywalt
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Duncan finds a stack of letters from his crayons informing him they have quit. From severely overworked Red crayon to left out White crayon, each coloured crayon has a different gripe with Duncan. And let’s not forget Yellow and Orange crayon who are having a debate over the true colour of the sun! Can Duncan find a way to keep all his crayons happy?
The main section of this book features one letter per spread along with a drawing depicting the crayon’s problem. Jeffers’ illustrations are simply perfect and every crayon’s issue rings true with how children use crayons. None more so for me than Peach crayon who is in hiding after Duncan pealed off its paper wrapping!
I love this book so much I own it as a picture book and a board book. The letters from the crayons are sheer genius and will have you laughing out loud – they are exactly the letters I would expect if crayons could speak. So much so, it makes me forget crayons can’t talk! This is a book I know I will be re-reading for years to come.
Picture Book Perfect Rating:
Five out of five stars.
But five stars doesn’t do this story justice so I have awarded it the Picture Book Perfect Gold Award!
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Publication date: 31 July 2014
ISBN (PB): 978 0007513765