I’m not sure what it is about this kid Duncan, but his crayons sure are a colourful bunch of characters! Having soothed the hurt feelings of one group who threatened to quit, Duncan now faces a whole new group of crayons asking to be rescued. From Maroon Crayon, who was lost beneath the sofa cushions and then broken in two after Dad sat on him; to poor Turquoise, whose head is now stuck to one of Duncan’s stinky socks after they both ended up in the dryer together; to Pea Green, who knows darn well that no kid likes peas and who ran away—each and every crayon has a woeful tale to tell and a plea to be brought home to the crayon box.
The crayons are back and better than ever! This series of books is fast becoming my favourite picture books ever.
This time the crayons that have been abandoned and lost by Duncan are sending him postcards and pleading to come home. They tell tales of being melted in the sun, sat on, bitten, or yearning for adventure.
Drew Daywalt uses the same great style from the first crayon story, with adorable little crayons and their letters of complaint to Duncan. Jeffers’ illustrations are comical and adorable and really bring to life the lives of these crayons. I think this book is as good if not better than the first. It’s cute, it’s clever, very funny, and I loved the creativity of the crayon’s complaints and debacles.
I hadn’t thought about it in the first book, but this could be a great story to get kids to tidy up their messes, add a bit of guilt about the poor items being left behind. If you haven’t already read the Crayon series, then I suggest you do right away. You won’t regret it.
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