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. 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.
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