The Day the Crayons Quit

The Day the Crayons Quit

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

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  • Publisher: Philomel Books
  • Format: Hardback | 30 pages
  • Dimensions: 259mm x 267mm x 18mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 27 June 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0399255370
  • ISBN 13: 9780399255373
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 725

Product description

Crayons have feelings, too, in this funny back-to-school story illustrated by the creator of "Stuck "and "This Moose Belongs to Me"--now a #1" New York Times "bestseller! Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons 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 he 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? Kids will be imagining their own humorous conversations with crayons and coloring a blue streak after sharing laughs with Drew Daywalt and "New York Times "bestseller Oliver Jeffers. This story is perfect as a back-to-school gift, for all budding artists, for fans of humorous books such as "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus "by Mo Willems and "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs "by Jon Sciezka and Lane Smith, and for fans of Oliver Jeffers' "Stuck," "The Incredible Book Eating Boy," "Lost and Found," and" This Moose Belongs to Me."

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Author information

Although Drew Daywalt grew up in a haunted house, he now lives in a Southern California home, haunted by only his wife, two kids, and five-month-old German Shepherd. His favorite crayon is Black. Oliver Jeffers ( makes art and tells stories. His books include "How to Catch a Star"; "Lost and Found," which was the recipient of the prestigious Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award in the U.K. and was later adapted into an award-winning animated film; "The Way Back Home"; "The Incredible Book Eating Boy"; "The Great Paper Caper"; "The Heart and the Bottle," which was made into a highly acclaimed iPad application narrated by Helena Bonham Carter; "Up and Down," the "New York Times "bestselling "Stuck"; "The Hueys in the New Sweater," a "New York Times "Best Illustrated Book of the Year; and "This Moose Belongs to Me," a "New York Times" bestseller. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Customer reviews

By Shauna Wheelwright 18 Jul 2013 5

A new FAVORITE children's book!

Duncan just wants to color...
But when he opens the crayon box they have some news for him!

CUTE CUTE ending as Duncan finds a way to handle 'the day the crayons quit.'

Review quote

"Fresh and funny. Oliver Jeffers's quirky, joyful illustrations convey the strength and comedy of the crayons' sentiments, and children ages 4-8 will laugh in recognition at seeing their own color preferences reflected back at them."--"The Wall Street Journal"