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Publisher: Philomel Books
Page Count: 36 (each)
Fiction Genre: Children, Picture, Humor, Art, Fantasy
Dates Read: January 11, 2016
Reading Challenge: Mega Challenge & Choices Challenge
Topic: A picture book & a book from the 2015 GR Choice Award picture book category
Series: Crayons, 1 & 2
Good Reads Summary
The Day The Crayons Quit:
Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!
Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.
What is Duncan to do? Debut author Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers create a colorful solution in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way.
The Day The Crayons Came Home:
I'm not sure what it is about this kid Duncan, but his crayons sure are a colorful bunch of characters! Having soothed the hurt feelings of one group who threatened to quit, Duncan now faces a whole new group of crayons asking to be rescued. From Maroon Crayon, who was lost beneath the sofa cushions and then broken in two after Dad sat on him; to poor Turquoise, whose head is now stuck to one of Duncan's stinky socks after they both ended up in the dryer together; to Pea Green, who knows darn well that no kid likes peas and who ran away—each and every crayon has a woeful tale to tell and a plea to be brought home to the crayon box.
The Day The Crayons Quit is a delightfully beautiful and hilarious children's book. It's original and quirky. Even as an adult, without children, I loved reading this. I bought a copy for my nephew to read to him at least. There are a lot of silly reasons the crayons quit and why they bicker with each other, but it's brilliant. The illustrations are masterfully done in what looks like a young child's hand.
The Day The Crayon's Came Home was not as entertaining for me. It just felt redundant. Little kids like redundancy, right?. I found myself wondering how many times Daywalt could reword the same story for a different color of crayon. Still wonderful drawings throughout the book, but the story just wasn't as great or as funny. I did not buy this one for my nephew, because he doesn't need that kind of negativity in his young life.
I highly recommend The Day The Crayons Quit, but say hard pass on The Day The Crayons Came Home.
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 6
Pace - 5
Plot Development - 6
Characters - 5
Enjoyability - 7
Insightfulness - 5
Ease of Reading - 9
Photos/Illustrations - 8
Overall Rating - 4 out of 5 stars & 2 out of 5 stars