The Day the Crayons Quit

The Day the Crayons Quit

Crayons Series, Book 1

eBook - 2013
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The hilarious, colorful #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon that every kid wants! Gift a copy to someone you love today. 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.Praise for The Day the Crayons QuitAmazon's 2013 Best Picture Book of the YearA Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2013Goodreads' 2013 Best Picture Book of the Year Winner of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award* "Hilarious . . . Move over, Click, Clack, Moo; we've got a new contender for the most successful picture-book strike." –BCCB, starred review "Jeffers . . . elevates crayon drawing to remarkable heights." –Booklist"Fresh and funny." –The Wall Street Journal"This book will have children asking to have it read again and again." –Library Media Connection* "This colorful title should make for an uproarious storytime." –School Library Journal, starred review * "These memorable personalities will leave readers glancing apprehensively at their own crayon boxes." –Publishers Weekly, starred review "Utterly original." –San Francisco Chronicle
Publisher: 2013.
ISBN: 9781101628126
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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List - Laugh All Summer Long!
Amanda_HT May 18, 2018

A modern classic and bestseller, this hilarious story about crayons going on strike will not disappoint. It is recommended for ages 2-8 years but it will appeal to the whole family.

List - Write Me a Letter!
EmilyUrsuliak Feb 14, 2018

What would happen if you were trying to write a letter, and your pencil turned against you? Read on to find out!

List - We love Oliver Jeffers!
Katie_N Jul 10, 2017

Written by Drew Daywalt with illustration (in crayon!) by Oliver Jeffers, this book and it's sequel "The Day the Crayons Came Home" are hilarious and are books you will read again and again with your family.

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Katie_N May 02, 2017

We love Daywalt's hilarious text and Jeffer's colourful illustrations. This will become a favourite. Don't miss the sequel, "The Day the Crayons Came Home."

Mariangela_S Apr 19, 2016

Hilarious story! I never realized that the life of a crayon can be so challenging! Next time I color, I will use purple for water and green for the sun.

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Jan 11, 2021

Sometimes, you just know a book is going to be good when you pick it up. This is one of them. Communicating, letter-writing crayons. What's not to love?

Jan 11, 2021

The blue crayon is my favourite. At the end every colour is used.

Jan 10, 2021

This is one of my favourite picture books. Drew Daywalt nails it on the head. Just wow!

Oct 28, 2020

The Day the Crayons book is such a creative, and funny book! It definitely brings a new perspective to your mind. It is a great story to read, and reading everyone’s different perspectives is mind opening. Different crayon colors get tired of doing their work. Some feel like their owner is using them too much, whereas some think their owner barely uses them. So their solution is to quit ! They each have a different story to tell. I love the way the crayons each have different opinions, and have completely different backgrounds. I would recommend this to younger children, but no matter the age it is a funny book!

May 25, 2020

This book is good.
No one is too old for it.

knitsewrainbow Oct 28, 2019

Gifted to me as an adult -- this book is a hoot!

Feb 01, 2019

I absolutely LOVE this book and it is really for any age of reader. I used it as a writing prompt for elementary students to write from the perspective of any common object. It was a lot of fun and yield some very creative writing! Enjoy!

Apr 03, 2018

Very good book for 5-6 year olds. Enjoyed reading this to my Granddaughter and she is now enjoying the Day the Crayons Came Home

Love this book. Terrific as a reader's theatre for afterschool.

Aug 03, 2017

This book is astonishingly well written and witty. When you read this book it will positively make you crack up. This book is suitable for all ages. This book is so wonderfully- illustrated and you can see the crayons coming to life. I remember reading this book for the first time a couple of years back and I fell in love with it. I loved how the letters were so relatable and each crayon had its own problem, which created an amusing experience for the reader. Also what made the book fascinating was the font in each letter. It wasn’t just the typical dull, old-fashioned Arial font, each one had a different type of hand-writing, some neat and some sloppy. Overall this is a very unique book and I would recommend this book to everyone of all ages. Next time I need to use crayons I will use pink for the water and purple for the sun! 5/5. @TheBookWorm of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

I know I’m a teenager and I shouldn’t be reading picture books but this one just caught my attention when my brother brought it home. “The Day the Crayons Quit” is funny, clever and witty. Anybody can easily relate with the interactive photos and letters that Duncan receives from his crayons that are ready to quit. I honestly laughed and felt that this was a really smart book, I never felt like I was reading a children’s book. The interactive “letter” format made it different than just that typical Arial font book. The truth behind the letters was funny and witty and most of all relatable which is why I guess it has become such a hit amongst kids and me alike. All in all I don’t recommend this to just kids but also to anyone just looking for a fun read. Rating 5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Sep 20, 2014

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Sep 12, 2016

A picture book favorite! Funny story about crayons sharing their feelings about their use in art projects.

orange_dolphin_185 Jul 07, 2014

This book is about 12 crayons and how they are unhappy for different reasons.the person using the crayons creates a scene using every single colors so the crayons become happy


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Jun 26, 2015

Good book

orange_dolphin_185 Jul 07, 2014

Hey Duncan, it's me red carbon .We need to talk you make me work harder than any of your other crayons.


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