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The Day the Crayons Quit

What You Need to Know:
The Day the Crayons Quit is a funny and very original story about a boy and his crayons.
• Young readers will enjoy how clever the story is and the hilarious illustrations that accompany it.
• This is one of those picture books that is a little longer and involved; perfect for an older audience to appreciate.
Sweet Book Summary:
The Day the Crayons Quit is the incredibly clever story about the day the crayons went on strike. All Duncan wanted to do was color, but when he opened his crayon box there were no crayons, just letters. The crayons had had enough! They quit.

Each crayon has a complaint, so each wrote a detailed and hilarious letter to Duncan outlining their woes. Red is exhausted, what with all the fire engines, strawberries, apples and don't even get him started on Christmas and Valentine's Day. Beige is lonely and never gets picked and, quite frankly, is sick of playing second fiddle to Brown. Green has no complaints, but would just like Duncan to know Yellow and Orange are driving everyone crazy arguing about who should be the color of the sun. Black would like to know why he always has to be the outline, can't he be the main attraction for once?

What should Duncan do to appease the crayons? The only thing he can do - draw a giant picture using every color!

This picture book would make a wonderful read-aloud for the whole family. The youngest listeners will get the joke and will enjoy the hilarious illustrations and older listeners will appreciate the dry humor that's woven throughout the story. Adults will love it, too!

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Author: Drew Daywalt Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers Published: 2013, 40 pages
Themes: Exquisite Illustrations, Humor, Feelings
Sweet Discussion Questions:
• What do you think your crayons are thinking?
• Can you find a color that the author didn't use and write your own letter from that crayon?
• Can you think of another way to make the crayons happy?
• Can you draw your own illustration using as many colors as you can?
• Can you create your own story about an inanimate object and what it is thinking? Tell me about it.
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Bedtime for Mommy, Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Little Pea, Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, Mo Willems
This recommendation was written by: Melissa Y.
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