The Day The Crayons Quit

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The Day The Crayons Quit

by Drew Daywalt
Illustrator Oliver Jeffers

Philomel | July 2, 2013 | Picture Books

The Day The Crayons Quit is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 12.
Crayons have feelings, too, in this funny back-to-school story illustrated by the creator of Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me--now a #1 New York Times bestseller!
Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.

What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?
 
Kids will be imagining their own humorous conversations with crayons and coloring a blue streak after sharing laughs with Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers. This story is perfect as a back-to-school gift, for all budding artists, for fans of humorous books such as Don''t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Sciezka and Lane Smith, and for fans of Oliver Jeffers'' Stuck, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Lost and Found, and This Moose Belongs to Me.

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 40 pages, 10.4 × 10.25 × 0.47 in

Published: July 2, 2013

Publisher: Philomel

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399255370

ISBN - 13: 9780399255373

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great book! I bought this book for my grandson and I'm saving it till he does more coloring - but he's going to love it! I love the personalities of the crayons and the way they interact with each other and with Duncan.
Date published: 2014-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read aloud Love this book! It's a great read aloud for kindergarten. It helps teach children to use all the crayons!
Date published: 2014-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Day the Crayons Quit What a charming book with an intriguing title and delightful illustrations! I think that each child who reads it will think it was written just for them.
Date published: 2014-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites! Bought this book for my niece, and it has become one of my favourites too.  Very creative and well illustrated.  
Date published: 2014-09-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great Idea, no follow through I judged this book by its cover (and inside flap and reviews here). I should not have done. What started out as a promising story ended with a fizzle rather than bang. I was expecting the crayons to unite together in their protest but was left with the message that cutting others down/being a rat (orange and yellow) and brown-nosing (green) are the way to get things done. Not the message. Was hoping for a more cooperative approach from the colours against the tyrannical Duncan, but alas did not get it.
Date published: 2014-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creatively Hilarious! I love this book! It's creative, engaging, and fun to read.  I don't know how many times I laughed out loud.  My partner and I enjoy coming up with different voices for each of the colours and our kid enjoys listening to us make fools of ourselves. Not only would I recommend this book to a friend...I plan on buying it for them. 
Date published: 2014-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laugh Out Loud Awesomeness! What a great concept! This book was so much fun to read, for both me and the children I read it to! What a hilarious way to have us thinking more about the colors in our world and the way that we use them. Super fun!
Date published: 2014-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So fun! My children read this at daycare and they were so excited to tell me about it that we brought it home that night to read at bedtime.  The kids just love it, and the parents too.  So cute & fun.  The crayons easily 'come to life' in this story with their very own personalities.  Very funny and fun for the entire family!
Date published: 2013-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crayons Have Feelings Too The Day The Crayons Quit had me Laughing Out Loud to hear all the excuses as to why they did not ant to do their 'jobs' anymore. I not only couldn't believe some of the things that were written but at the same time I started to ask myself a few things that I never had before. I really don't want to spoil this book because in my opinion this book is a must read! I honestly can't think of a single thing not to like about this book, I thought I had one but than it turned out to be a pretty good lesson instead. It was the fact that the title had the word 'QUIT' in it. Only because as a parent I try to teach my son never to quit anything without first talking about the reasons behind it and trying to come up with a solution. Than I realized that's exactly what the crayon's did in their letters to Duncan; they talked about their feelings! Yet another great lesson for our children it's okay to talk about your feelings and it does help!
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite during Read In Week I bought this book and read it to many classes in my children's elementary school during Read In Week. The kids (from Grade 1 through Grade 6) loved it. One girl eagerly asked me if I was going to read to her class "the crayon book," the one that I had read to her sister the day before. (Sister must have talked about it at length at dinner.) The kids thought naked peach crayon was hilarious, and enjoyed that yellow and orange were bickering. The Grade 4 class insisted I read it to them again! The librarian ordered it for the school library, and several of the teachers jotted down the name for their own classroom use. A huge hit!
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genius! I bought this book for my 3 year old daughter for Christmas.  I had my order delivered to work, and needless to say, it had all the ladies I work with in stitches!  I laughed so hard when I read it the first time, I cried.  They all liked it so much, they all bought this book for their kids.  This is a hilarious read.....the author is simply genius.  The humorous may be a tad too advanced for my 3 year old, but when she is a bit older, I'm quite sure she'll love it as much as I do. A MUST HAVE for your kids library.  An instant classic!  
Date published: 2013-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clever, creative, and just the tiniest bit cranky--but in a great way! My three-year-old daughter Magda loved this book so much that she can't wait to start school just so she can bring it with her to show her teacher. It's about a boy named Duncan who has an unexpected discovery one day at school. His crayons have all written him letters of complaint! Grey crayon is tired of colouring in all those large animals--elephants hippos, whales; Black crayon is tired of only being used to outline other colours; Blue crayon is just plain tired; Green crayon is happy enough but he'd like to intervene on behalf of his friends, Orange and Yellow, who are currently not speaking to each other as each claims to be the true colour of the sun; and Pink and Beige feel frankly ignored. How will Duncan appease them all? Magda loved this book because she found it funny to think of her crayons as having opinions and complaints. Of course, I've heard her arguing with her Lambie on more than one occasion, so maybe she didn't find it so hard to believe after all. I liked it because it's funny and clever, it encourages children to be creative with how they use their crayons (why not draw an orange whale or a yellow sky?) AND it's illustrated by the marvellous Oliver Jeffers (author/illustrator of The Incredible Book Eating Boy). You can see more of Oliver Jeffers in his video, "Oliver Jeffers, Picture Book Maker" on my blog, Cozy Little Book Journal. Source Disclaimer: I received a review copy directly from the publisher (thank-you!), but this did not influence the content of my review in any way. All opinions expressed are strictly my own (with a little help from my daughter of course).
Date published: 2014-04-22

– More About This Product –

The Day The Crayons Quit

by Drew Daywalt
Illustrator Oliver Jeffers

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 40 pages, 10.4 × 10.25 × 0.47 in

Published: July 2, 2013

Publisher: Philomel

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399255370

ISBN - 13: 9780399255373

About the Book

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. Kids can imagine their own conversations with crayons with this picture book by Daywalt and "New York Times"-bestselling illustrator Jeffers. Full color.

From the Publisher

Crayons have feelings, too, in this funny back-to-school story illustrated by the creator of Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me--now a #1 New York Times bestseller!
Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.

What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?
 
Kids will be imagining their own humorous conversations with crayons and coloring a blue streak after sharing laughs with Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers. This story is perfect as a back-to-school gift, for all budding artists, for fans of humorous books such as Don''t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Sciezka and Lane Smith, and for fans of Oliver Jeffers'' Stuck, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Lost and Found, and This Moose Belongs to Me.

About the Author

Although Drew Daywalt grew up in a haunted house, he now lives in a Southern California home, haunted by only his wife, two kids, and five-month-old German Shepherd. His favorite crayon is Black.

Oliver Jeffers (www.oliverjeffersworld.com) makes art and tells stories. His books include How to Catch a Star; Lost and Found, which was the recipient of the prestigious Nestle Children’s Book Prize Gold Award in the U.K. and was later adapted into an award-winning animated film; The Way Back Home; The Incredible Book Eating Boy; The Great Paper Caper; The Heart and the Bottle, which was made into a highly acclaimed iPad application narrated by Helena Bonham Carter; Up and Down, the New York Times bestselling Stuck; The Hueys in the New Sweater, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year; and This Moose Belongs to Me, a New York Times bestseller. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
 

Editorial Reviews

“Hilarious. . . Each spread includes a reproduction of an actual letter (written in crayon, of course) on the verso, facing an appropriate composition such as a childlike crayon drawing or a colored-in page from a coloring book. The crayons themselves, with deceptively simple line and dot faces, are rich in emotion and character, and it’s entertaining to consider each crayon’s representation in light of the voice in its letter. While potential lessons in inference, point of view, and persuasive writing abound in the crayons’ letters, this is guaranteed to see just as much use for being just plain fun. Move over, Click, Clack, Moo (BCCB 9/00); we’ve got a new contender for most successful picture-book strike."--BCCB
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