The Day the Crayons Quit

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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 ...

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Overview


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.

The 2014 Children's Choice Book of the Year for Kindergarten to Second Grade

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Clearly, Duncan's crayons had had enough. When he opened his art box that day, he found not a single crayon, only letters from disgruntled color sticks. Their complaints were various: Some felt overused or misused; others, neglected. Blue, for example, wondered how many oceans he would be obliged to color and Beige despaired that all the good jobs were going to Brown. For poor Duncan, this spontaneous strike called for quick action. Almost instantly, the aspiring artist becomes a mediator. A very entertaining picture book from debut author Drew Daywalt and illustrator Oliver Jeffers (This Moose Belongs to Me; Stuck).

Publishers Weekly
Although the crayons in this inventive catalogue stop short of quitting, most feel disgruntled. The rank and file express their views in letters written to a boy, Duncan. Red complains of having to “work harder than any of your other crayons” on fire trucks and Santas; a beige crayon declares, “I’m tired of being called ‘light brown’ or ‘dark tan’ because I am neither.” White feels “empty” from Duncan’s white-on-white coloring, and a “naked” Peach wails, “Why did you peel off my paper wrapping?” Making a noteworthy debut, Daywalt composes droll missives that express aggravation and aim to persuade, while Jeffers’s (This Moose Belongs to Me) crayoned images underscore the waxy cylinders’ sentiments: each spread features a facsimile of a letter scrawled, naturally, in the crayon’s hue; a facing illustration evidences how Duncan uses the crayon, as in a picture of a giant elephant, rhino, and hippo (Gray laments, “That’s a lot of space to color in all by myself”). These memorable personalities will leave readers glancing apprehensively at their own crayon boxes. Ages 3–7. Author’s agent: Jeff Dwyer, Dwyer & O’Grady. (June)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The rebellion of the crayons is foreshadowed on the jacket/cover as the anthropomorphized crayons scowl in protest. Duncan, a young boy, is surprised to find a series of letters from his crayons when he goes to take them out of their box. Each crayon is then depicted on a double page with a note in its color stating its complaint and sample drawings. Red feels overworked doing fire engines, apples, valentines, and Santa. Purple is glad to be used but is upset when Duncan colors outside the lines. Beige is tired of being second to Brown; Gray is sick of being used for big things like elephants and whales. And so each color states its complaints alongside examples. Blue is almost used up from all the oceans, lakes, etc. Peach is embarrassed because it is naked without its paper wrapping. Duncan answers all their complaints with a solution sure to amuse and perhaps inspire young readers. The crayons, also filling the end pages, are portrayed naturalistically but with stick arms, legs, and features. Their sample illustrations are indeed crayon-made, almost child-like, as are the notes. A couple of pages reproduced from a coloring book add authenticity. Readers may be inspired to produce some notes and examples of their own. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—In this delightfully imaginative take on a beloved childhood activity, a young boy's crayons have had enough. Fed up with their workload and eager to voice their grievances, they pen letters to Duncan detailing their frustrations. Energetic and off-the-wall, the complaints are always wildly funny, from the neurotically neat Purple ("If you DON'T START COLORING INSIDE the lines soon… I'm going to COMPLETELY LOSE IT") to the underappreciated White ("If I didn't have a black outline, you wouldn't even know I was THERE!"). Daywalt has an instinctive understanding of the kind of humor that will resonate with young children, such as Orange and Yellow duking it out over which of them represents the true color of the sun or Peach's lament that ever since its wrapper has fallen off, it feels naked. Though Jeffers's messily scrawled crayon illustrations are appropriately childlike, they're also infused with a sophisticated wit that perfectly accompanies the laugh-out-loud text; for example, a letter from Beige, in which he bemoans being tasked with drawing dull items like turkey dinners, is paired with an image of the crestfallen crayon drooping over beside a blade of wheat. Later on, Pink grumbles about constantly being passed over for less-feminine colors while the opposite page depicts a discomfited-looking pink monster and cowboy being derided by a similarly hued dinosaur. This colorful title should make for an uproarious storytime and may even inspire some equally creative art projects.—Mahnaz Dar, Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
Duncan wants to draw, but instead of crayons, he finds a stack of letters listing the crayons' demands in this humorous tale. Red is overworked, laboring even on holidays. Gray is exhausted from coloring expansive spaces (elephants, rhinos and whales). Black wants to be considered a color-in color, and Peach? He's naked without his wrapper! This anthropomorphized lot amicably requests workplace changes in hand-lettered writing, explaining their work stoppage to a surprised Duncan. Some are tired, others underutilized, while a few want official titles. With a little creativity and a lot of color, Duncan saves the day. Jeffers delivers energetic and playful illustrations, done in pencil, paint and crayon. The drawings are loose and lively, and with few lines, he makes his characters effectively emote. Clever spreads, such as Duncan's "white cat in the snow" perfectly capture the crayons' conundrum, and photographic representations of both the letters and coloring pages offer another layer of texture, lending to the tale's overall believability. A comical, fresh look at crayons and color. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399255373
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 6/27/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 343
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Drew Daywalt

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.
 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    VERY engaging book!

    Beautifully done book with a story everyone can relate to! Makes a perfect gift and why not include a brand new box of 48 crayons too!

    23 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2013

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    Love this children's story and will use this story as a entering

    Love this children's story and will use this story as a entering text for writing personification narratives from the crayon's pov.  Good story for teaching mood words as well.

    19 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2013

    My children and I just love this book. The concept of crayons qu

    My children and I just love this book. The concept of crayons quitting their day jobs is imaginative and a great way of storytelling to young and old. My daughters are 6 and almost 3, and they LOVE this book. I love to read it, using a different voice for each crayon. Check it out when you have a chance!

    16 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Great read !!

    I have read this book to children in the age groups from 2 through 10. They have all truly enjoyed the book and expressed avid interest through simple giggles and laughter as well as general feedback and interaction with the older children. Highly recommended.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Cleverly written -- fun for kids & adults

    We purchased this book for our five-year old son's birthday and he LOVES this book. The conversational tone is laugh-out-loud funny for both parents and children. Lots of fun!

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2013

    love the story and the illustrations. Our family loves coloring

    love the story and the illustrations. Our family loves coloring so this was right on target for format...and to talk about feelings/stereotyping is a subtle way to get that message across to readers.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Wonderful book! I bought this to read to my 7 year old grandson

    Wonderful book! I bought this to read to my 7 year old grandsons. They ask for it over and over again. The drawings are just fabulous and inspire them. They especially love the blue crayon, then wait anxiously to get to the last crayon - Peach crayon, whose story makes them giggle nervously. Highly recommended

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    Nook for iPad mini

    I bought the Nook version after purchasing the hardcover book so I don't have to carry it around. My daughter who is 6 loves this book but I am unable to open it on my iPad. There's an oops message. A little disappointed to spending my money on something I can't open.

    7 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Wonderful story-a must have for your collection!

    My seven year old and three year old love this book. The illustrations are great and colorful, and having a story from the crayons' perspective is fun for the kids. It makes me want to toss all the coloring books and just give the kids blank paper for their imaginations to run wild. This is definitely a keeper!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2013

    A new FAVORITE children's book! So CUTE! So AMAZING! So WONDERFU

    A new FAVORITE children's book!
    So CUTE!
    So AMAZING!
    So WONDERFUL!
    So NEED TO READ!

    Duncan just wants to color...
    But when he opens the crayon box they have some news for him!

    CUTE CUTE ending as Duncan finds a way to handle 'the day the crayons quit.'

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Not so sure ...

    I know this book is receiving high reviews & is on several "best" lists. As a former children's librarian, I'm not sold. It's a great idea -- the reason I bought the book. However, the stories of some colors are a bit dull, one major color was missing from the book & the ending seemed just tacked on rather than being a completion of the story. I haven't read it to kids yet and am anxious to see how they like it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2013

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    My three-year-old daughter Magda loved this book so much that




    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).

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    This book is LAUGH OUT LOUD funny! Duncan's crayons have complai

    This book is LAUGH OUT LOUD funny! Duncan's crayons have complaints which they convey in a series of letters. What makes it so funny is that it's so true. I can imagine each color crayon really having these complaints. Red and blue ARE overworked, pink probably IS ignored by a boy, and beige is right - "when was the last time you saw a kid excited about coloring wheat?" Debut Author Drew Daywalt hits this one WAY out of the park with some of the most clever, touching and hilarious text I've ever seen in a children's book. Jeffers delivers again with his sophisticated, yet minimalist art. Awesome book!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2014

    Really fun read for kids and grownups!

    If you have ever loved getting a new box of crayons, this is the book for you. It doesn't matter if you are nine or ninety. This book is hilarious as the crayons cause a big fuss over the way they have been used. They want some changes made. We gave one to our nine year old granddaughter and she loves it. Just sent another one to a fifty year old daughter and she laughed so hard she cried. Accompanied by a new coloring book and a box of crayons, this makes a great present. I also used it as the basis for a children's sermon on stereotyping. It made kids and adult think.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

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    If only your crayons could talk to you, what would they say? Wel

    If only your crayons could talk to you, what would they say? Well blue would tell you that he’s glad that he’s been your favorite color for years and he likes being used to color the oceans, the sky and rain but he’s rather short right now, so short that he can’t see over the railing of the box. What about purple? He likes being used for grapes, dragons and wizards but he really thinks someone needs to start coloring inside the lines more. And beige? He’s feeling left out. He’s not as important as all the other colors so I kinda felt sorry for the guy after I read his letter. That’s what this book is really about. Duncan opens up his colors only to discover that his colors wrote letters to him about who they are and how they feel. White, gray, black, peach and a few other colors got in on the action. One side of the page, it has the letter written in the crayon’s handwriting and on the other side it has a picture of the crayon and Duncan’s drawing or picture. This story is cute and comical at times as the colors get emotional over their use. Yellow and orange are in an argument over which color the sun is, as Duncan has colored pages in his coloring book using both of these colors and they want Duncan to settle the matter. Duncan decides to help all the colors in the end and he uses his imagination to do so. I thought it was a fun book and I think kids will love it too.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    A great new twist to how we think the color of things should be!

    So the sun must always be yellow, or is it orange? And the sky blue? This story will allow the coloring rules to change, presenting a whole new view of the world. And who's to say that it can't be so?

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2014

    The psycological paradigms explored within this book are quintes

    The psycological paradigms explored within this book are quintessential for any young orphan who just wants to learn that you can find a friend in anything. I myself am a astrophysicist who has two Jewish Foster kids who I had read this book, and because of it, are now exponentially more contemplative in their daily activities. Live in good wealth, Drew Daywalt.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2014

    Cute story!

    Great book! Bought several for gifts and grandchildren.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2014

    Lots of fun

    My Kindergarten students love this book! They saw the humor in the crayons' letters. The argument between yellow and orange led to a valuable discussion regarding how we treat others; how we should look for the good in others and recognize their talents, and how jealousy affects us and those around us.

    Older students would enjoy this, too. I think the book is good for K-5. The older kids could discuss emotions, work assignments, and fairness from the reading of this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2014

    Wonderful book

    This is a story that all children should read or hear while holding a brand new box of crayons and a piecde of drawing paper.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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