The Day the Crayons Came Home (#2) by Drew Daywalt

Published: 18th August 2015Goodreads badge
Publisher:
Philomel Books
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Pages: 36
Format: Hardcover Picture Book
★   ★   ★   ★   ★  – 5 Stars

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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The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Published: 27th June 2013Goodreads badge
Publisher:
Philomel Books
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Pages: 36
Format: Hardcover Picture Book
★   ★   ★   ★  – 4 Stars

Poor Duncan just wants to colour. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!

Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from colouring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.

What is Duncan to do?

If you haven’t heard of this book yet you are properly missing out. I love this book. It’s a great story about crayons who quit because they are tired of how their owner Duncan treats them. They write letters of complaints about being overused, colouring outside the lines, and neglect among other things.

I love everything about this book. On one page are these great handwritten notes from the crayons to Duncan, and on the other side are some of the examples of the pictures Duncan has drawn alongside the crayon in question. It’s a fabulous story as well with each crayon complaint unique and often quite funny.

This is a clever story and one that also can teach kids about diversifying their own colour endeavours. Duncan listens to his crayons and it’s a gorgeous story that is sweet and simple for all ages.

You can purchase The Day the Crayons Quit via the following

Book Depository | QBD

Fishpond | Wordery

BookWorld | Booktopia