The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
Things are not right in crayon world! Oh, I bet you thought they were having a ball happily colouring in and looking bright in kids’ pictures, but you’d be wrong. It seems there is a downside to a crayon’s life and they are here to tell you some of their problems.
Duncan’s crayons have sent him letters of complaint, and really, you’ve got to sympathise with them. There are overworked crayons and neat ones being led outside the lines. Some are ignored while others are exhausted and about to disappear from overuse. Some are feuding (even crayons can be territorial), and the final disgrace for one: he is nude! What is Duncan going to do about this colourful unrest?
The Day the Crayons Quit is immense fun. It is imaginative, hilarious and totally original. Kids will get the humour, identify with the pictures and be pretty happy with Duncan’s solution. This is one to be read over and over again. So get your crayons out, kids, and remember to be kind to them.
For ages 2 and up.
Alexa Dretzke is a Children’s & YA Book Specialist at Readings Hawthorn.