Book Review: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Pictures by Oliver Jeffers


The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Pictures by Oliver Jeffers. 2013, Philomel Books. ISBN: 978-0-399-25537-3

Genre: Children’s Fiction, Early Learning

Reader’s Annotation: When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.

Summary: One day Duncan arrives at school to find letters addressed to him, one from each his crayons: Blue, Red, Yellow, Orange, White, Pink, Green, and Black. Each have their own story to tell from overuse or not being used at all, or in correct use of name like Beige, NOT TAN, Beige.

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Thoughts: I absolutely loved this book! It was cute and simple and really got my imagination growing. Often times I would place feelings on my crayons and I would feel bad if I left one out. This totally shows that. It personified the crayons to have feelings and it also showed a bit of insight into how Duncan was. Not a lot, but enough to gain an understanding. The illustrations were adorable. Jeffers created drawings that were showed the different styles of penmenships, as well as, the crayons work with Duncan on various coloring ventures. This book is great for children ages 5 years and up to read and as a storytime it will be a great insert for pre-schoolers to know more about the colors.

Curriculum Ties: Writing, Basic learning, vocabulary

Grade level/Age : K – 1st Grade, 4 years to 6 years old

5/5 Stars


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