The Day the Crayons Quit

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There comes a time when everybody reaches their limits and has just had enough. Apparently, that is true for some inanimate objects like crayons, too. The children’s book The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrations by Oliver Jeffers tells us about the day that happens to a bunch of crayons and what comes of their quitting. The wonderful thing about The Day the Crayons Quit is that Drew Daywalt uses items such as crayons that are identifiable to children to explore the abstract concepts of feelings and emotions. The Day the Crayons Quit provides a comfortable way to explore those difficult topics and to spark a discussion. The book also teaches important developmental skills such as language and literacy, and critical thinking. The Day the Crayons Quit tells the story of Duncan. Duncan would like to draw and color but when he opens his box of crayons, he discovers just letters written to him and no crayons. All the letters for Duncan say, “We Quit”. Beige is sick of being used less than brown. Orange and yellow are not talking to each other but green has no complaints. Pink just wants to be used. Blue is feeling overworked and wants to draw something else besides water. Duncan needs to come up with a solution to solve this problem and must be as clever in doing so as this book is in telling its story. The illustrations are cute and done in a childish style. I would recommend this book for children three to five years of age. Early education teachers in preschool and prekindergarten classes would find The Day the Crayons Quit a fantastic learning focus for their lesson plans.

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  • “These memorable personalities will leave readers glancing apprehensively at their own crayon boxes.”
  •  — Publishers Weekly
  • “Jeffers . . . elevates crayon drawing to remarkable heights.” — Booklist

“Fresh and funny.”— The Wall Street Journal


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