Drew Daywalt The Day the Crayons Quit

Last updated: July 29, 2023


Take your child’s imagination to the next level with the super fun picture book, "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt. This story will enhance your listeners' exploration of colors in a fashion that no one else has devised. Even adults will enjoy reading this children's picture book.

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In our analysis of 99 expert reviews, the Drew Daywalt The Day the Crayons Quit placed 5th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Duncan’s crayons are on strike. One morning he opens his desk looking for them and, in their place, finds a pack of letters detailing their grievances, one crayon at a time. Red is tired. Beige is bored. Black is misunderstood. Peach is naked! The conceit is an enticing one, and although the crayons’ complaints are not entirely unique (a preponderance centers around some variation of overuse), the artist’s indelible characterization contributes significant charm. Indeed, Jeffers’ ability to communicate emotion in simple gestures, even on a skinny cylinder of wax, elevates crayon drawing to remarkable heights. First-class bookmaking, with clean design, ample trim size, and substantial paper stock, adds to the quality feel. A final spread sees all things right, as Duncan fills a page with bright, delightful imagery, addressing each of the crayons’ issues and forcing them into colorful cooperation. Kids who already attribute feelings to their playthings will never look at crayons the same way again. Grades K-3. –Thom Barthelmess

Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

The Day the Crayons Quit is wildly imaginative and loads of fun. It has a youthful sensibility that kids will relate to, but it's so clever that adults won't mind reading it over and over again.
The Day the Crayons Quit is a clever, creative and colourful exploration of, well, colour.
There’s a lot of humor in Oliver Jeffers’ relaxed, naïf illustrations, made to look like a child’s artwork: a pink monster; Santa Claus on a red fire truck (Red Crayon is tired of working, even on holidays!); and the triumphant, colorful final spread, in which Duncan attempts a piece of art to make all the crayons happy.
Jeffers delivers energetic and playful illustrations, done in pencil, paint and crayon. The drawings are loose and lively, and with few lines, he makes his characters effectively emote.
Readers of all ages are going to enjoy this enormously amusing picture book. Everyone has, at some point, used crayons to draw and write. There is something comforting about their colors, their texture, even their wonderful crayony smell.
The Day The Crayons Quit comes equipped with a very beautiful, and relevant, series of themes that might help to facilitate a dialogue between parents and their children as they read along together.
The illustrations allow the adult reader to become a child again, while the letters from the crayons are inspired! Children will love these humorous missives and the antics of the crayons that wrote them!
Using a clean combination of photographed ephemera and crayon drawings, Jeffers and Daywalt make the reader conscious of the emotive role of colour and acknowledge that children’s art-making isn’t always purely spontaneous.
Each letter that the crayons sketch is written in their color and in a different handwriting. This helps give each crayon its own personality, but also communicate that all of them can be equal without being the same. With each page turn, the reader encounters a new color and a new drawing that features that color. With each different opening, the picturebook highlights and motivates creativity.
This sumptuous book is a real work of art: each beautifully-designed spread features an entertaining handwritten letter from one of the crayons, accompanied with delightfully scribbly illustrations from Jeffers.

What reviewers didn't like

The volume of text may make this a little challenging for younger readers to tackle alone.
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