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The Day the Crayons Quit Hardcover – June 27, 2013
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What's that dear, you can't find the Daniel Tiger books? That's because I used them to light the fire used to heat all the food you dropped on the floor during dinner and then fed it to your little sister because, as you know, we don't waste food around here. Ahem, I mean, that's weird sweetie, I'm sure we'll find them.
Some books deserve to be read umpteen times, some books are a disgraceful capitalistic ploy with no redeeming qualities. Coming off of an evening of one too many Elmo books (which means 1 Elmo book if you're keeping track), I vowed to find something funny, intelligent and fun to read. A book that my daughter would request without causing a 10 minute back and forth about how "we should really try reading this other, much better book that you are really going to love." A book that would make me say, "of course we can read that book dear, and might I add, excellent choice."
Well that's what you get with The Day The Crayons Quit. This is a book by which all other kids books should be judged. This is a book that knows its audience isn't only your little angel but also the people who are reading to your little angel. And that is what makes this book so brilliant. No matter your age, you will identify with the characters, they will probably remind you of your family, your coworkers and your friends.
This book is in my top 10 books to read to my daughter. Lucky for me, she feels the same way.
In case you're wondering, some of my other favorites are: The Three Little Pigs, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Small Pig, Where the Wild Things Are, I Want My Hat Back, Pete The Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, We're Going on A Bear Hunt, The Cat in the Hat
Our older grandsons have a lot of fun voicing the letters written by "Red", who even has to work on holidays (i.e. coloring Santas, Valentines), "Purple" is going to "completely lose it" if Duncan doesn't start coloring inside of the lines soon, "Beige" (who is "BEIGE and PROUD!") is jealous of "Brown", "Gray" is tired of getting all of the BIG jobs (like coloring elephants, rhinos, hippos and HUMPBACK WHALES), "White" is feeling underutilized, "Black" doesn't find it fair that he's only used as an outline to brightly colored objects, "Green" is a peacemaker type (or a tattle tale, depending upon your outlook!), who claims to be very happy with his work, congratulates Duncan on his coloring career, but wants to inform him of the bickering between "Yellow" and "Orange" over who gets to be the color of the sun, with "Yellow" and "Orange" writing separate letters each stating their case along with documented proof, "Blue" is overworked and now just a stub who can't even see over the box railing any longer, "Pink" believes she's experiencing discrimination because she's "a girls' color", while "Peach" is completely unwrapped ("I don't even have any underwear!") and embarrassed to leave the box. Wow - what a conundrum! But the amazingly colorful picture Duncan creates - allowing each crayon to stretch beyond their typical usages - ends up earning him an A for coloring and an A+ for creativity!
Speaking both as a mom and now a grandma, I've come to believe that one of the most important things an adult can do for their children/grandchildren is to strongly encourage them to be creative and use their imaginations. Whether he/she eventually becomes an astrophysicist, a police officer, a stay-at-home mom or dad, etc., EVERY occupation requires the use of those mental tools when called upon to problem-solve and come up with solutions. How many bosses out there couldn't learn a thing or two from Duncan? Excellent little book that youngsters are going to really enjoy... and that adults can take a lesson from as well.
Cons: became a bit redundant with almost every page being a letter of complaint from a disgruntled crayon.
I am always dismayed when it comes to children’s books and their handlings of issues like boundaries and nudity etc.
Did the author have to talk about a naked crayon not wearing underwear?
With the awareness of what’s happened to so many children throughout the years- with regards to abuse- I just feel like comical or flippant approach to nudity and boundaries is just kind of irresponsible.
Fine he’s a nude crayon bc the jacket or label is off. But do we need to address lack of underwear?
Just weird and not appropriate for a kids book in my opinion.
Coloring outside the lines should not be discouraged as is done in this book. Kids should be left to decide what constitutes good/bad art. There are no rules with that.
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As for the story itself, it's very well written, a great idea supported fantastically by the illustrations. If you do unique voices for each colour be sure to remember which crayon has which voice next time you read it, otherwise you'll be constantly interrupted by cries of "This is green not brown!"
The only downside is that the style of writing on the letters makes it difficult for my 6 year old nephew to join in the reading, he's great at typed text but struggles with the crayon font.
The language seems more suitable for 8 or older.
The illustrations look and feel like they were made directly on the page by real crayons, which gives it a nice touch (pun intended).
All in all, I think I'll use the idea but tell each letter differently, perhaps with some actual stories.
The story is so funny.
I'd say it's more for children older than 2...but even younger can enjoy the story and all the pictures (dragons! crocodiles! wizards! wheat!)
I'll buy even the second book of the series.
The book itself is very well done: nice feel with paper and the cover, although paperback, is sturdy.
Regardless, the concept of crayons writing letters to a child with their complaints is a great idea and I will hopefully be able to reintroduce this book to my son, when he's a little older.
It is pitched at perhaps 3 to 4 years and over, there is a lot of content for a younger pre-schooler. But it is well thought out and enjoyable to read (slightly less so after a gazillion reads...) but it is a favourite that my then 4 and now 5 yo comes back to again and again.