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The Day the Crayons Quit

The Day the Crayons Quit is a picture book full to the brim of the humour that I LOVE discovering in children's books.

Oh, and Drew Daywalt's fab humour is accompanied by Oliver Jeffers illustrations - yep, this is a treat!

The red crayon. Over used? Over it! He quits!!

... this is how Duncan's day starts. A collection of letters from some very frustrated crayons. The red leads the way complaining that he never gets a break a holidays - red hearts for Valentine's Day, red for Santa's suit ...


Purple is fed up of going over the lines, whereas beige is having a bit of an identity crisis,

'I'm tired of being called 'light brown' or 'Dark tan' because I'm neither. I am BEIGE and I'm proud.'

Yellow and orange are no longer speaking to each other .. something to do with who should be the colour of the sun! Cue two hilarious letters from each of them.

And next time you feel tempted to peel off the crayon wrapper (why is that so tempting?!), you may wish to remember the words of Peach.

Well, as you can see all these crayons do have very strong points. Each letter is wonderfully written, filled with humour and personality - who knew crayons had such strong feelings?! 

The Day the Crayons Quit is a wonderful way of showing how much fun letter writing can be, how much fun you can have with crayons (Oliver Jeffers' illustrations are fab for this) a superb celebration of imagination and fun. 

A perfectly entertaining picture book ~ I'd LOVE to know what you think. Add your comments below.

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When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.

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The Day the Crayons Quit 2017-03-05 10:32:06 Kate Martin
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Reviewed by kermerter    March 05, 2017
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A real gem of a book.

Wow, LOVE this book! The letters from the crayons are genius, the humour is superb and appeals to all ages. The underlying message of acceptance and inclusion is well done and easy for children to interpret. I can't stop reading this book and my daughter wants to buy lots of copies to give to her friends for their birthdays!

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The Day the Crayons Quit 2014-07-29 12:53:07 sarah yewman
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Reviewed by sarah yewman    July 29, 2014

Crayons quitting!

A household favourite here. Particularly with my 5 yo as he loves colouring too, so could really relate to each crayons 'issue'. Great humour and the undeniable Jeffers illustrations complement the story perfectly

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Thanks for your comment Sarah. Can't go wrong with a good picture book from Oliver!!

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