In this clever New York Times best-selling book by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, we read over Duncan’s shoulder when he opens his crayon box and discovers not crayons, but letters written to him by his crayons, all saying the same thing: They have had enough! They quit!
Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes it is the true color of the sun.
What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?
Readers can’t help but imagine their own humorous conversations with crayons and color a blue streak. And why not? This story is perfect for all budding artists, and entrepreneurs, too. After all, who doesn’t want to “go rogue” sometimes?
The Amazon Best Children’s Book of 2013 will get everyone laughing at the letters, which are written by the occupants of the uber-familiar yellow and green box, says reviewer Seira Wilson.
“The combination of text and Oliver Jeffers’ illustrations match the colors’ personalities beautifully as the crayons share their concern, appreciation, or downright frustration: Yellow and Orange demand to know the true color of the sun, while Green—clearly the people-pleaser of the bunch—is happy with its workload of crocodiles, trees, and dinosaurs,” Wilson notes.
“Peach crayon wants to know why his wrapper was torn off, leaving him naked and in hiding; blue is exhausted and, well, worn out; and pink wants a little more paper time. The result of this letter-writing campaign is colorful creativity, and after reading this book I will never look at crayons the same way again—nor would I want to.”
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