The Day the Crayons Quit

The Day the Crayons Quit

Book - 2013
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When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.
Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780399255373
Branch Call Number: FICTION Day
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Jeffers, Oliver


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Duncan receives a series of letters from his crayons explaining why they no longer wish to work for him.

CRRL_CraigG Jun 26, 2015

One by one we read each color's reason for going on strike, written in its color. Red feels totally overworked. Purple is tired of contributing to messy pictures. Yellow and Orange cannot agree on who deserves to be the color of the sun. This is a young artist's worst nightmare.

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Every color in Duncan's box of crayons has quit! Duncan must read about their grievances if he ever wishes to color again.

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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.

Aug 15, 2016

My toddler and I really enjoyed reading this creative book together (and playing "find the colour" on the second last page). He was very excited at the prospect of a book about "colours" (his word for crayons).
The only drawback is that the yellow crayon's letter is a bit hard to read (and maybe the beige crayon's in low light).

Aug 09, 2016

A very well-written book with bright pictures; your child is sure to love it and will soon be reading along with you (or memorizing it)

The book has colourful characters, a problem, and a resolution all of which children love.

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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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

SPL_Childrens Sep 02, 2014

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

Aug 22, 2014

blue_parrot_377 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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roropan thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over

May 19, 2014

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Oct 23, 2013

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


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Kyra_Audiophile 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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