Rory’s Stories – The Day the Crayons Quit

Today Rory and I sat down on my bed to share one of my favourite children’s books ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt. I think it was a bit ambitious to think we would get through the whole of the book as it’s pretty long but we gave it a good go!

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The basic premise of the book is that one day Duncan goes to use his crayons only to find they have all quit and every crayon has written him a letter to explain why. A couple of the crayon’s reasons include feeling overworked and being annoyed at Duncan drawing outside of the lines.

When I first read the book, I genuinely sat there smiling away to myself at each of the letters, with certain crayons making me chuckle out loud. I might have even snorted with laughter when I read one of the letters, but I’ll let you work out which crayon that was when you read it yourself. After reading the book myself, I then took it in to school and shared it with a class of 8 and 9 year olds and they pretty much had the same reaction as me, laughing away at the crayon’s comments (at least I hope that’s what they were laughing at and not my various crayon character voices 🙈).

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Each of the crayons are given their own personalities which really come through both in the letters and the illustrations. I really love how the expressions on the ‘faces’ of the crayons are shown so clearly through simple changes in the mouth and eyebrows. I also find that everytime I read the book I notice something new in the illustrations. Speaking of which, the illustrations are done by Oliver Jeffers, who is without doubt one of my all time favourite picture book authors and illustrators, anything he is involved with is sure to be a winner with me (I currently have a blog post half written allll about his books so that is likely to be my next Rory’s Stories post!).

Personally I feel that this book is probably much more suited to older children. When I read this to my class they absolutely loved it and I know it has been equally as popular in other classes with children around the 5 and 6 mark. Although Rory enjoyed looking at the pictures and I chattered away to him about the colours and what had been drawn, I feel really primary aged children are maybe more the audience for this book.

There is now a follow up to this book called ‘The Day the Crayons Came Home’ which we are yet to get our hands on but it’s on our wish list!

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