The Day the Crayons Quit

The Day the Crayons Quit


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The hilarious, colorful #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon that every kid wants! Gift a copy to someone you love today.

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.

What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?

Kids will be imagining their own humorous conversations with crayons and coloring a blue streak after sharing laughs with Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers. This story is perfect as a back-to-school gift, for all budding artists, for fans of humorous books such as Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Sciezka and Lane Smith, and for fans of Oliver Jeffers' Stuck, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Lost and Found, and This Moose Belongs to Me.

Praise for The Day the Crayons Quit

Amazon’s 2013 Best Picture Book of the Year

A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2013

Goodreads’ 2013 Best Picture Book of the Year 

Winner of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award

* “Hilarious . . . Move over, Click, Clack, Moo; we’ve got a new contender for the most successful picture-book strike.” –BCCB, starred review 

“Jeffers . . . elevates crayon drawing to remarkable heights.” –Booklist

“Fresh and funny.” –The Wall Street Journal

"This book will have children asking to have it read again and again.” –Library Media Connection

* “This colorful title should make for an uproarious storytime.” –School Library Journal, starred review 

* “These memorable personalities will leave readers glancing apprehensively at their own crayon boxes.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review 

“Utterly original.” –San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399255373
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/27/2013
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 226
Product dimensions: 10.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Although Drew Daywalt grew up in a haunted house, he now lives in a Southern California home, haunted by only his wife, two kids, and five-month-old German Shepherd. His favorite crayon is Black.

Oliver Jeffers ( makes art and tells stories. His books include How to Catch a Star; Lost and Found, which was the recipient of the prestigious Nestle Children’s Book Prize Gold Award in the U.K. and was later adapted into an award-winning animated film; The Way Back Home; The Incredible Book Eating Boy; The Great Paper Caper; The Heart and the Bottle, which was made into a highly acclaimed iPad application narrated by Helena Bonham Carter; Up and Down, the New York Times bestselling Stuck; The Hueys in the New Sweater, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year; and This Moose Belongs to Me, a New York Times bestseller. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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From the Publisher

“Hilarious. . . Each spread includes a reproduction of an actual letter (written in crayon, of course) on the verso, facing an appropriate composition such as a childlike crayon drawing or a colored-in page from a coloring book. The crayons themselves, with deceptively simple line and dot faces, are rich in emotion and character, and it’s entertaining to consider each crayon’s representation in light of the voice in its letter. While potential lessons in inference, point of view, and persuasive writing abound in the crayons’ letters, this is guaranteed to see just as much use for being just plain fun. Move over, Click, Clack, Moo (BCCB 9/00); we’ve got a new contender for most successful picture-book strike."—BCCB

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The Day the Crayons Quit 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 124 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully done book with a story everyone can relate to! Makes a perfect gift and why not include a brand new box of 48 crayons too!
BookAffair More than 1 year ago
Love this children's story and will use this story as a entering text for writing personification narratives from the crayon's pov.  Good story for teaching mood words as well.
Mama_Pixie More than 1 year ago
My children and I just love this book. The concept of crayons quitting their day jobs is imaginative and a great way of storytelling to young and old. My daughters are 6 and almost 3, and they LOVE this book. I love to read it, using a different voice for each crayon. Check it out when you have a chance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book to children in the age groups from 2 through 10. They have all truly enjoyed the book and expressed avid interest through simple giggles and laughter as well as general feedback and interaction with the older children. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know this book is receiving high reviews & is on several "best" lists. As a former children's librarian, I'm not sold. It's a great idea -- the reason I bought the book. However, the stories of some colors are a bit dull, one major color was missing from the book & the ending seemed just tacked on rather than being a completion of the story. I haven't read it to kids yet and am anxious to see how they like it.
cas1207 More than 1 year ago
love the story and the illustrations. Our family loves coloring so this was right on target for format...and to talk about feelings/stereotyping is a subtle way to get that message across to readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We purchased this book for our five-year old son's birthday and he LOVES this book. The conversational tone is laugh-out-loud funny for both parents and children. Lots of fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book! I bought this to read to my 7 year old grandsons. They ask for it over and over again. The drawings are just fabulous and inspire them. They especially love the blue crayon, then wait anxiously to get to the last crayon - Peach crayon, whose story makes them giggle nervously. Highly recommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My seven year old and three year old love this book. The illustrations are great and colorful, and having a story from the crayons' perspective is fun for the kids. It makes me want to toss all the coloring books and just give the kids blank paper for their imaginations to run wild. This is definitely a keeper!
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
A new FAVORITE children's book! So CUTE! So AMAZING! So WONDERFUL! So NEED TO READ! Duncan just wants to color... But when he opens the crayon box they have some news for him! CUTE CUTE ending as Duncan finds a way to handle 'the day the crayons quit.'
HamletFan More than 1 year ago
If you have ever loved getting a new box of crayons, this is the book for you. It doesn't matter if you are nine or ninety. This book is hilarious as the crayons cause a big fuss over the way they have been used. They want some changes made. We gave one to our nine year old granddaughter and she loves it. Just sent another one to a fifty year old daughter and she laughed so hard she cried. Accompanied by a new coloring book and a box of crayons, this makes a great present. I also used it as the basis for a children's sermon on stereotyping. It made kids and adult think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is LAUGH OUT LOUD funny! Duncan's crayons have complaints which they convey in a series of letters. What makes it so funny is that it's so true. I can imagine each color crayon really having these complaints. Red and blue ARE overworked, pink probably IS ignored by a boy, and beige is right - "when was the last time you saw a kid excited about coloring wheat?" Debut Author Drew Daywalt hits this one WAY out of the park with some of the most clever, touching and hilarious text I've ever seen in a children's book. Jeffers delivers again with his sophisticated, yet minimalist art. Awesome book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The psycological paradigms explored within this book are quintessential for any young orphan who just wants to learn that you can find a friend in anything. I myself am a astrophysicist who has two Jewish Foster kids who I had read this book, and because of it, are now exponentially more contemplative in their daily activities. Live in good wealth, Drew Daywalt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Bought several for gifts and grandchildren.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Kindergarten students love this book! They saw the humor in the crayons' letters. The argument between yellow and orange led to a valuable discussion regarding how we treat others; how we should look for the good in others and recognize their talents, and how jealousy affects us and those around us. Older students would enjoy this, too. I think the book is good for K-5. The older kids could discuss emotions, work assignments, and fairness from the reading of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a story that all children should read or hear while holding a brand new box of crayons and a piecde of drawing paper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must-read for every parent with children, every artist, and anyone who needs to laugh out loud.
Nyihe More than 1 year ago
Can someone gift this to me? 
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
If only your crayons could talk to you, what would they say? Well blue would tell you that he’s glad that he’s been your favorite color for years and he likes being used to color the oceans, the sky and rain but he’s rather short right now, so short that he can’t see over the railing of the box. What about purple? He likes being used for grapes, dragons and wizards but he really thinks someone needs to start coloring inside the lines more. And beige? He’s feeling left out. He’s not as important as all the other colors so I kinda felt sorry for the guy after I read his letter. That’s what this book is really about. Duncan opens up his colors only to discover that his colors wrote letters to him about who they are and how they feel. White, gray, black, peach and a few other colors got in on the action. One side of the page, it has the letter written in the crayon’s handwriting and on the other side it has a picture of the crayon and Duncan’s drawing or picture. This story is cute and comical at times as the colors get emotional over their use. Yellow and orange are in an argument over which color the sun is, as Duncan has colored pages in his coloring book using both of these colors and they want Duncan to settle the matter. Duncan decides to help all the colors in the end and he uses his imagination to do so. I thought it was a fun book and I think kids will love it too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So the sun must always be yellow, or is it orange? And the sky blue? This story will allow the coloring rules to change, presenting a whole new view of the world. And who's to say that it can't be so?
CozyLittleBookJournal More than 1 year ago
My three-year-old daughter Magda loved this book so much that she can't wait to start school just so she can bring it with her to show her teacher. It's about a boy named Duncan who has an unexpected discovery one day at school. His crayons have all written him letters of complaint! Grey crayon is tired of colouring in all those large animals--elephants hippos, whales; Black crayon is tired of only being used to outline other colours; Blue crayon is just plain tired; Green crayon is happy enough but he'd like to intervene on behalf of his friends, Orange and Yellow, who are currently not speaking to each other as each claims to be the true colour of the sun; and Pink and Beige feel frankly ignored. How will Duncan appease them all? Magda loved this book because she found it funny to think of her crayons as having opinions and complaints. Of course, I've heard her arguing with her Lambie on more than one occasion, so maybe she didn't find it so hard to believe after all.  I liked it because it's funny and clever, it encourages children to be creative with how they use their crayons (why not draw an orange whale or a yellow sky?) AND it's illustrated by the marvellous Oliver Jeffers (author/illustrator of The Incredible Book Eating Boy).  You can see more of Oliver Jeffers in his video, "Oliver Jeffers, Picture Book Maker" on my blog, Cozy Little Book Journal. Source Disclaimer: I received a review copy directly from the publisher (thank-you!), but this did not influence the content of my review in any way. All opinions expressed are strictly my own (with a little help from my daughter of course).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book! It is a fun book to help teach children the importance of creativity. I recommend it to everyone!
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kathydianad More than 1 year ago
Loved this book - it works for all ages - just a fun book to share and a delight to read with kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued so I examined the book and bought it from my grandson for future use. Some of the one star ratings by educators were very disappointing. The description said it is for kindergarten to second grade. That's why preschoolers and eight year olds either didn't understand it or were bored. It bothers me that educators who can't or won't read, are happy to criticize something when they were at fault. When my grandson reaches five years old I'm positive that he'll enjoy it and will do so for a few years before he outgrows it.