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CAVEAT EMPTOR: Wonderful illustrations but a little disappointed with the narrative
on October 16, 2013
My guess is some (or maybe most) of the glowing reviews are being generated by a PR firm hired by the publisher. I really wanted to love this book because my niece and I share of love crayons. But when I read the story I was a little surprised and disappointed at the language and stereotypes the crayons use to express their feelings. I'll admit I was hoping for something a little more creative/innocent in terms of their protest. Instead what I encountered was a lot of whining, some questionable/negative manners of expression and a few unimaginative stereotypes--basically attitudes I would not want to encourage in my niece or any other young reader. I will admit I was most offended by the use of the word 'HATE' (spelled in all caps) in a letter authored by the black crayon. If language like this is something you're OK with, then by all means don't let it get in the way of you and your little reader enjoying the creative and delightful drawings that accompany them. The illustrations are the only reason I have not returned the book.