Title: The Day the Crayons Quit
Author: Drew Daywalt
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Publisher: Philomel Books
Top 10 Element(s): conflict
First let me say, this in not a book for very young children. This is for the older picture book crowd. The word count is very high, and I am not sure if it would hold a younger child's attention. Also, I think they wouldn't grasp the concept either.
I won this book in a Twitter contest. I read it and (since my daughter is a teenager now) passed it on to my niece's two boys. One is in school and learning to read. He was excited to receive it from me, because he teacher had read it to the class only a week before I gave it to him. He thought it was a funny book. I think it is a funny book, too, but it's not for everyone. With that said, let me sum up the story.
Duncan, who likes to draw, pulls out his crayon box. But instead of crayons, he find a stack of letters addressed to him. Apparently, the crayons are on strike, and the letters explain why. The first letter Duncan reads is from red crayon. He states that he is exhausted from coloring all those fire trucks and other red things. In fact, he has to work on holidays, too--Valentine's hearts and Santa's red suit.
Green is perfectly happy but, like red, all the other crayons have complaints. What is Duncan to do? Of course, he finds the perfect solution to make everyone happy again.
I like the way the letters are shown hand-written (or should I say CRAYON-written), each in the appropriate color. I wish the writing would have varied a bit more for each letter. I also like how each letter is then accompanied by an illustrated example that is very true to children's drawings.
I've heard mixed reviews on this book. Some people love it and think it is the funny book they've read all year. Others say it's too negative. Some claim it is cheeky. A few read into way to much and think it is the devil in disguise. I think it has a lot of elements which can be used in a variety of ways to teach kids about cooperation, creativity, problem-solving. This book is all in how you use it. But that's just my opinion. You judge for yourself. Here's a YouTube I found of someone reading The Day the Crayons Quit.
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