The Day the Crayons Quit

The Day the Crayons Quit

eBook - 2013
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Debut author Drew Daywalt and international bestseller Oliver Jeffers team up to create a colourful solution to a crayon-based crisis in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way. Poor Duncan just wants to colour in. But when he opens his box of crayons, he only finds letters, all saying the same thing: We quit! Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown, Blue needs a break from colouring in 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. The battle lines have been drawn. What is Duncan to do?
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Young Readers Group,, 2013.
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Custom Field2: Downloadable eBook.
Not recommended for use on the libraries' public computers.
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Sarah - A favourite read of my seven year old son! This is one of the best picture books I've read in a long time. Very entertaining with great illustrations. One day, a little boy Duncan goes to get his crayons and instead finds a stack of letters. All of his crayons have written him a letter ex... Read More »

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This would have to be one of my outstanding favourites of the year - very funny.

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May 25, 2020

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

Jan 21, 2020

I feel like i'm that blue crayon myself in the story

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

Jul 19, 2017

This book is hilarious for all ages. The yellow crayon text is very hard to read, which I expected to be part of his story, but it was not. We'll be reading the rest of the series.

VaughanPLAlexK Jan 06, 2017

This one is great for the entire family. Laughs for every page!

ArapahoeApril Nov 21, 2016

This was an absolute delightful read. It's great for children and adults.

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Nov 22, 2017

red_raccoon_238 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Sep 20, 2014

jeanreed_99 thinks this title is suitable for 4 years and over

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SPL_Kids thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 7

Aug 22, 2014

Panzerschwein thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 10

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violet_dolphin_2592 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8

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orange_dolphin_185 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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May 19, 2014

black_wolf_570 thinks this title is suitable for 99 years and over

Oct 23, 2013

libraryeri thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 7


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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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