Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

This hilarious picture book sees the crayons from Duncan's box write him a batch of letters complaining about how they are used. Red, purple, beige, gray, white, black,green, yellow, orange, blue, pink, and peach crayone all set out a list of grievances about how Duncan either doesn't use them enough, uses them improperly or too much. This of course, sets the stage for Duncan to rethink how he uses his each of his crayon colours!

The Day The Crayons Quit contains the crayon drawings of award-winning illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, whose favourite color is striped. Each drawing is set opposite a letter written by a particular crayon colour, showing how Duncan normally uses the crayon. Jeffers who is from Belfast Northern Ireland is the author of numerous picture books including  The Incredible Book Eating Boy, The Great Paper Caper, and more recently, This Moose Belongs To Me. Author Drew Daywalt is also a writer- indie film director some of whose work fits in the horror genre. So The Day The Crayons Quit is just a little different from what he typically does.

This hilarious little picture book encourages children to think outside the box (no pun intended!) and to try different things - not only in their art but also throughout their lives. Step off the cliff, put out into the deep, be yourself, be innovative, creative and different. 

Book Details:
The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Philomel Books: An Imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group    2013

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