The Day The Crayons Quit - book review

Time Out Kids explores the emotions of crayons, part of a review of the new Oliver Jeffers book, The Day The Crayons Quit

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We think the mark of a successful children’s book is that the adults like it too – and that is definitely the case with this fun, colourful tale by Drew Daywalt.

In fact, we’re usually the one rushing to the bookshelf to find it when the children ask for a story whether they want it or not.

The Day The Crayons Quit is a story written by the different colours in Duncan’s crayon set, who have each scrawled a letter of complaint. Grey, for example, is tired – after all, he spends a lot of time colouring giant animals like elephants. Pink is irritated that he only gets used when Duncan’s little sister is scribbling, black is sad that he is only used for outlines, and the yellow and orange crayons have fallen out, as they both think they should be used for the colour of the sun.

The letters are laugh-out-loud funny – but the real delight is the fact the whole book (including the words themselves) is illustrated by the very talented Oliver Jeffers.

A definite must-read.

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