Graphic Novel Review 288/365: The Day The Crayons Quit

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The rest of this week will be all-age picture books, and I would like to thank Barnes & Noble Community Business Development Manager Kathy Mackle Tiffany out of the Orland Park, IL. store for helping me with some of these pics!

Kathy helps a ton of schools in the south suburbs of Chicago, and if you are a teacher, I suggest not only checking out the teacher programs at B&N, but shoot Kathy an email if you want a quote on a book order or help in setting up a cool book-related fundraiser for your school or non-profit organization (

Let’s start the fun!

Title: The Day The Crayons Quit 

Author(s): Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

Publisher: Philomel (2013)

Age Rating: All Ages

Sorry if the picture is light…it’s seriously done in crayon.

The book opens with a stack of letters to a kid named Duncan from his crayons.  Turns out, most of his crayons are not happy with their usage.  Each of them writes Duncan a letter explaining their feelings about his rather traditional use of each.  They are not all unhappy, Green, for example, enjoys the life it has been given, but Green is the exception, not the norm.

Some of the letters are funny.  Some are sad, but all of them contain an avenue to discuss a life lesson with a young reader.  And the letters are not written for babies; these crayons are smart cookies, and their writing, although, in crayon, reflects that.  Kids get a does of literacy and life lesson all packaged up in a wonderful book that culminates in a new coloring that Duncan has done for his teacher, and let’s just say…Duncan breaks some rules with his new picture.  This book is about breaking out of your shell…or wrapper, if you will, and finding your originality!

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