The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt is one of those books that you will enjoy for years. We’ve been reading it for the last couple of months and Amy nowhere near getting bored of it.
The Day The Crayons Quit tells the story of Duncan and his crayons, who quite frankly have had enough of their job and decide to go on strike. One morning, Duncan opens his crayon box and finds letters from all his crayons. Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to brown. Black doesn’t want to be used for just outlines and blue needs a break from drawing lakes and the sea all the time.
But what can Duncan do to make all his crayons happy? He sits down with all is crayons and comes up with the perfect solution: a beautiful picture full of colour and imagination.
I absolutely adore the illustrations by Oliver Jeffers, who has also illustrated The Hueys, Up and Down and This Moose Belongs To Me. His drawings really make the book come alive and reflect the ability level of young readers, not the really young ones, of course. Amy always gets really excited when we read The Day The Crayons Quit and I am sure that the beautiful illustrations are one of the reason why she likes this book so much.
Over the past months, The Day The Crayons Quit has become a firm favourite on our book shelf and I now like to come back to it for birthday presents or special gifts. It’s a fabulous read for every budding young artist and a fun encouragement for boys and girls to get creative and let their imagination lead them.