Watch out, Hawker library. There’s a new book in town. And it’s rushed to claim a spot in the family favourites list.
Meet The Day the Crayons Quit.
The Day the Crayons Quit / Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
(HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2014)
Duncan goes to take out his crayons in class one day, and finds a stack of letters instead. His crayons have quit!
The crayons all have different reasons for quitting. Red Crayon is sick of working on holidays (Santas at Christmas, hearts for Valentine’s Day), Grey Crayon is tired of colouring in soooo much space on its own (elephants, rhinos and hippos), and Black Crayon feels it was destined for bigger and brighter things than providing outlines for all the other colours to fill in.
Meanwhile, Yellow Crayon and Orange Crayon are fighting over who is the true colour of the sun, and Pink Crayon feels left out altogether.
We all love The Day the Crayons Quit. Even my so-close-now-but-not-quite-three-year-old little man, who I thought would be too young for this book, requests it most nights and can tell me exactly why each crayon is unhappy. (His favourite phrases are Grey Crayon’s “You’re KILLING ME!” and Peach Crayon’s “I need some clothes. HELP!”)
My son’s favourite page is the one featuring Green Crayon. Green is his favourite colour anyway, but I think he likes it because it’s my favourite page, and I always have a little chuckle to myself after reading the line, “I … wish to congratulate you on a very successful ‘colouring things Green’ career so far.” *snort*
My (almost-six-year-old) daughter’s favourite page is the Peach Crayon. Poor Peach Crayon is too embarrassed to leave the crayon box after Duncan removed its paper wrapping.
The Day the Crayons Quit is a delight to read, and I was surprised by my youngest’s keen interest in what is a non-rhyming, quite wordy book. Highly recommended for children of all ages, but older kids and those who enjoy reading will appreciate it all the more.
And if you’d like the chance to win a copy of The Day the Crayons Quit, along with four other children’s book titles, check out my current giveaway, courtesy of Dymocks. Hurry – entries close Friday 1 April.
Have you read The Day the Crayons Quit? What did you think?
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