Perfect Picture Book Friday – The Day the Crayons Quit

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Title: The Day the Crayons Quit

Author: Drew Daywalt

Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers

Age Group: 4-8 year olds

Themes: colour and creativity, feeling loved, writing letters, expressing yourself, equality.

Opening Lines: One day in class, Duncan went to take out his crayons and found a stack of letters with his name on them.

Synopsis (blurb from inside jacket): Poor Duncan just wants to do some colouring.  But when he opens the box of crayons, all he finds are letters, each saying the same thing: we quit.  Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown.  Blue needs a break from colouring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used.  Green has no complaints but Orange and Yellow aren’t talking to each other.  What is Duncan to do?

What I like about the book: This story is colourful and humorous. FullSizeRender (23) Each crayon has written a letter to express how they feel: tired, worn out, second best, empty, not used enough, happy.  In the end Duncan uses all the crayons to create a beautiful piece of artwork.  I love Oliver Jeffers’ illustrations, made to look like a child has drawn them.

Resources:  Lots of fun activities can be found here.

*  Pretend to be one of the crayons in your pencil case and write a letter to yourself expressing their thoughts and feelings.

*  Write a letter to a friend or family member telling them your favourite colour and why.

*  Create a colourful piece of artwork using all the crayons in the box.

Visit Susan Leonard Hill’s blog to see all the other Perfect Picture Books.


11 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – The Day the Crayons Quit

  1. I also adore this book – so much fun (and by the way, your link at Susanna’s isn’t working. Had to get here with a few extra steps – might want to see if you can do anything about that)


  2. Crayons work really hard. And they have feelings, too. I never knew that until I read this book – now when I pull out a crayon to scribble with, I’ll treat it with more respect. And try to give them each a chance to show their colors.

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  3. My grandson loved this story…what a clever concept to have your crayons complaining! My only problem with the book itself is that some of the pages are difficult to read (for me with my poor vision) because on some pages there isn’t much color contrast between the print and the background.
    I love your activity suggestions!


    • Yes I agree. I had another look through the book and yellow is very hard to read. Glad you liked the activity suggestions. My 9 year old daughter has started writing her own story – The Day the Pencils Quit. Some of the letters she has written are quite funny.


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