Drew Daywalt The Day the Crayons Quit

Last updated date: July 16, 2019

DWYM Score
9.4

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We looked at the top 1 Picture Books and dug through the reviews from 12 of the most popular review sites including Good Reads, Common Sense Media, Kid's Book Review, Book Page, Kirkus Reviews, Looking Glass Review, Pop Goes The Reader, Children's Writer's Guild, Look Book Report, Children's Literature at UMN, Book Trust and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Picture Book you should buy.

Overall Take

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. In our analysis of 89 expert reviews, the Drew Daywalt Drew Daywalt The Day the Crayons Quit placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Picture Book for a detailed review of all the top picture books.

Expert Summarized Score
8.9
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.6
3,934 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts 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.
- Common Sense Media
The Day the Crayons Quit is a clever, creative and colourful exploration of, well, colour.
- Kid's Book Review
July 14, 2013 | Full review
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.
- Book Page
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.
- Kirkus Reviews
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.
- Looking Glass Review
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.
- Pop Goes The Reader
December 10, 2013 | Full review
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!
- Children's Writer's Guild
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.
- Look Book Report
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.
- Children's Literature at UMN
April 2, 2018 | Full review
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.
- Book Trust
What experts didn't like
The volume of text may make this a little challenging for younger readers to tackle alone.
- Book Trust

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

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An Overview On Picture Books

There is nothing like enjoying the fascination of a child when you read to them from a picture book. Whether you cozy up under a blanket on a couch or read by a flashlight in a tent, your audience is sure to find joy in reading their favorite picture book over and over again. Picture books are a great combination of beautiful art (art is in the eye of the beholder) and compelling prose. There are only a few things that a good picture book needs, and you will certainly know when you’ve found a good one!

As a reader and true appreciator of a picture book, you’ll automatically find several things that make you love a picture book. First is the story. There is nothing better than a good story, and if it is good, it will certainly stick in your mind and keep you wanting to read the same book time after time. Kids often hold on to stories that are relatable — like “Goodnight Moon,” which is a story of something they can easily identify in the sky when they say goodnight.  On the other hand, picture books for young adults or teens might have a story of things that are out of this world and magical, such as “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone: Illustrated Edition.”

Next, readers and onlookers alike will find that when the words and the art perfectly complement each other, the picture book will be a winner. In “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt, you’ll find a kid-friendly storyline with child-like drawings for the pictures. This children’s book masters the playful give and take of the words with the pictures.

Lastly, the best picture books will yield that encore shouting from your little ones when you get to the end. That yearning for a reread is a surefire sign of a fantastic picture book. You will find that in “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae and “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin.

Find that fun reading time with your kiddos when you pull these awesome picture books off the bookshelf and snuggle in for some quality time with them.

DYWM Fun Fact

The first children’s book with illustrations was “Orbis Sensualium Pictus” or “The World of Things Obvious to the Senses Drawn in Pictures.” It was written in 1658 by John Comenius, a Czech native. He wrote it in Latin, but with excellent drawings throughout of the most common things known to man, from animals to insects, scenery and even breathe from a man’s mouth. It was quite popular and became implemented in some schools as well.

Although it was popular then, most homes do not contain a copy of this book for their children. Research from 2001 shows that “The Poky Little Puppy” by Janette Sebring Lowrey was the number one selling picture book in history with over 14,800,000 copies sold (at that point). This book was atop a list with books by multiple famous authors such as Dr. Seuss, J.K. Rowling and Beatrix Potter.

The Picture Book Buying Guide

  • One thing to keep in mind when buying a good picture book is your audience. Do your kids like a specific topic such as animals, vehicles or insects? And always keep their age in mind as you look for a good picture book.
  • Read the book summary before buying it to give you an idea of the story, and flip through the pages to check out the art.
  • Look for reviews from other readers.
  • Use your best resources: family and friends’ suggestions.
  • Make a visit to your local library and ask a librarian for suggestions. If your kiddo loves a book you read from the library, you can buy it to add to your child’s personal library.
  • Interactive picture books are a fantastic way to get children to love picture books. Even if the book doesn’t have flaps or touch-and-feel features, you can make a book interactive by asking the child to find a hidden object or dance like the characters in the book. Make it fun for them so they want to read the book again.