The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, illustrations by Oliver Jeffers
Fiction, YA Picture Book
DESCRIPTION: Duncan opens his crayon box one day to find a bunch of letters, outlining grievances from his favorite (and not-so-favorite) colors.
REVIEW: With childlike illustrations, this is a lighthearted, silly little read. Each crayon has its own problem: Blue has been so overworked it's barely a stub, Pink never gets used unless Duncan's sister is coloring a princess picture, Black only ever gets to be an outline, and poor Peach was left naked after the boy peeled its label off, and is now too embarrassed to leave the box. Only Green seems happy, save the ongoing bickering between Orange and Yellow over which one is the true color of the sun (each citing a different drawing or coloring book as proof.) The wrap-up feels a little anticlimactic, but overall it's fun.
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