The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt: A Review


Hardcover, 40 pages

Published: July 2nd, 2013 by Penguin Young Readers Group

Reviewed using my own purchased copy

Being that it’s my first post as a contributor and the monthly theme include picture books, I chose one from the very top of my list. First, let’s talk about the book itself. The Day the Crayons quit has a hilarious cover and beautiful illustrations by Oliver Jeffers (who has illustrated some other great books). The illustrations in this book are what make the story so great – Daywalt plays with colour, context and the way the reader sees the story told visually through written notes. So what happens when your crayons quit? They go on strike of course! They write letters to their owner, Duncan, explaining why they feel under appreciated or overworked. As you flip through each page, a new letter from a new colour is given, along with a drawing Duncan has created using that colour.

Duncan, Gray Crayon here. You’re killing me! I know you love elephants. And I know that elephants are gray… but that’s a LOT of space to colour all by myself. And don’t even get me started on your rhinos, hippos and HUMPBACK WHALES!”

Creativity oozes from this book. Seriously. The reasons why the crayons have decided to quit are just too funny. But you’ll have to read it to find out what they are. This book is one that adults will enjoy just as much as children. The overarching theme of worker’s rights is one that made me laugh out loud in places my younger sister didn’t, making story time just as exciting for me (which I really appreciate when babysitting). The drawings are very creative and give kids a lot to look at even after the words are finished being read aloud. All in all, I highly recommend it and urge you to go out and pick up a copy. It’s one that will be a favourite on your shelf for years to come.