The Day The Crayons Quit

Hardcover | July 2, 2013

byDrew DaywaltIllustratorOliver Jeffers

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The #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon!

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.


Praise for The Day the Crayons Quit

Amazon’s 2013 Best Picture Book of the Year

A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2013

Goodreads’ 2013 Best Picture Book of the Year 

Winner of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award

* “Hilarious . . . Move over, Click, Clack, Moo; we’ve got a new contender for the most successful picture-book strike.” –BCCB, starred review 

“Jeffers . . . elevates crayon drawing to remarkable heights.” –Booklist

“Fresh and funny.” –The Wall Street Journal

"This book will have children asking to have it read again and again.” –Library Media Connection

* “This colorful title should make for an uproarious storytime.” –School Library Journal, starred review 

* “These memorable personalities will leave readers glancing apprehensively at their own crayon boxes.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review 

“Utterly original.” –San Francisco Chronicle

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The #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon! 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 ...

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 ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 10.3 × 10.3 × 0.4 inPublished:July 2, 2013Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent book This book deals with interesting themes in a new way. From sadness over being lost/discarded to dealing with anger with friends or not wanting to share.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Awesome read.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Enjoyable and fun read
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! For a preschool teacher, this book was very funny to read personally and to my children. After reading, the children all wrote stories about their crayons.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best great book! my students love this one
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story. My daughter has read this book over and over again. So creative and fun.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More for adults then kids A really funny read for adults, don't know if it's sending a great message to our kids but overall this book is well done.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this I bought it
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book This is a cute and imaginative book, my niece loves it and asks for it almost every night. Super awesome and fun story!
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Great story- a bit long for younger children but for kindergarten- grade 1 this is perfect! Has a great moral #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Aloud I love this story! I have this and the sequel and the kids just adore it.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny and creative A lively stiry that is sure to entertain the kids
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Very clever and creative, great to encourage reading!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great purchase #plumreview my daughter loves this
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creative Creative book! Good book for kids.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from it's good It was fine until the book had the word stupid in it. I would probably recommend this to and older child.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Kids adore this book This is one of my kids favourite books! We read it all the time
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from kids love it! This book is really cute, and a good idea! Kids love it and it helps teach colours other than your basic ones, and about feelings. It's a bit of a long read, butI would recommend it!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Enjoyable A very creative story about the crayons in your box! Each crayon writes a letter to boy who "owns" them and complains for various reasons (eg, one colour is not being used enough, one colour doesn't like that they are only used for certain objects etc). It is very clever and very entertaining. And I say this as someone who does not have kids! But I would definitely recommend it to anyone who does!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Family Favourite! #plumreview This is our favourite picture book in our house. We love this story and read it over and over again. Wonderful concept by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. Bravo!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clever book! #plumreview I got this book as a baby shower gift. It is for older kids so I will have to wait a few years to read but I read it myself and it was really good. Cute and creative!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty dank Pretty dank
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my favourite children's book ever I loved everything about this book.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So clever This was such a good read, I ended up buying a few more copies for my nieces.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING BOOK!! Surprise Surprise I bought this for my 11 year old daughter and she LOVES it!! She is a little old for the book but I have heard her and her friends laughing many times reading it to each other.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun read! My son and I really enjoyed reading this and we still talk about this book and the funny crayons!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adore this book My son loves this book. some pages are hard to read in some light but the story is fantastic. Great for kids of all ages. We started reading it to him when he was 2 and he is 4 now and still loves it.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! This is a great book to use as a literacy inquiry with students, even your own kids if you have them! The Day the Crayons Quit allows for many opportunities to stop and ask listeners what they think will happen. It will get them talking and allow them to become critical and active readers without even knowing. It can also be really fun if you hide all the crayons in your home or classroom and see what kids will come up with to get them to come back!... You have to read the Day the Crayons Came Back, after.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different and creative This book is a nice break from my sons collection of super hero books. There's emotion, laughter, and one crayon travels the world. Each crayon has its own story. Love how it comes together in the end. Excellent read.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So funny When I read this book, I give each colour its own "voice" and play up the characters. My daughter loves it. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I like it until they had to put in the word stupid in the book, we consider that a bad word in our house and don't let our kids say it
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super cute book for kids I read this to my toddler and she loves it. I highly recommend this book. The pictures and story are super cute.
Date published: 2015-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 6 Year old loves it! My son loves this book, we read it many times a week.
Date published: 2015-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it is awesome awesome.
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anthropomorphic Crayons? So adorable! Can't wait to buy the sequel for my nephew and niece.
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the best book ever I bought this for my grandchildren last year and it is their favourite book. Very entertaining.
Date published: 2015-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Unique ,funny and oh so true! Adults an children will really enjoy reading this book
Date published: 2015-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I have not read this on kobo but I have read it to the infants at school an it was brill the crayons were funny especially the beige one naked
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite To Read I bought this over a year ago & still love reading it to my kids! The story is refreshing, children will identify with the personalities of the crayons in the story. So enjoyable! I've had adults read it at the table during a dinner party & giggle the whole way through. A true winner.
Date published: 2015-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I've purchased this book 4 times already for different parents/kids! It is one of the best books I've seen for children in a while, beautifully illustrated and creatively written so both the reader and the child can enjoy.
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best Children's book I have ever read! This book is so creative that every time I read it to my son, I'm continuously impressed by it! He loves it as much as I love to read it.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best kids book I have come across so far! I enjoy reading this book as much as my son loves hearing it. We both laugh and enjoy the personification of the crayons. Highly recommend it to those with a good sense of humour!
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laughed out Loud! Bought for our niece who is 4. She loved it! I had read it myself twice before giving it to her. Wonderful & whimsical.
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Utterly Adorable! Okay, this book is just adorable. The crayons expressing themselves and their feelings, as written in letters to their "owner", is both creative and funny! I enjoyed it as much as my kids!
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Its a really sweet story I actually have bought 2 copies of this book for my Grand daughters
Date published: 2014-11-10
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: 2014-10-01
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: 2014-01-26
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: 2014-01-25
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: 2014-01-09
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: 2014-01-04
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: 2013-12-28
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: 2013-12-13
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: 2013-12-11
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: 2013-12-07
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: 2013-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great duet This reminds me. I only use purple, orange, red, black. I shouldn't underuse the rest of the guys. I'm going Duncan on my pallette.
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great duet This reminds me. I only use purple, orange, red, black. I shouldn't underuse the rest of the guys. I'm going Duncan on my pallette.
Date published: 2013-10-05
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: 2013-07-28

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Goodreads' 2013 Picture Book of the Year!Amazon's Best Picture Book of the Year!A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2013!Winner of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award* “Hilarious . . . Move over, Click, Clack, Moo; we’ve got a new contender for the most successful picture-book strike.” –BCCB, starred review “Jeffers . . . elevates crayon drawing to remarkable heights.” –Booklist“Fresh and funny.” –The Wall Street Journal"This book will have children asking to have it read again and again.” –Library Media Connection* “This colorful title should make for an uproarious storytime.” –School Library Journal, starred review * “These memorable personalities will leave readers glancing apprehensively at their own crayon boxes.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review “Utterly original.” –San Francisco Chronicle