Children love to color and they love crayons. The Day the Crayons Quit uses crayons in a funny, imaginative way that will delight and tickle children. Written by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers and published by Philomel Books (2013), this picture book will also give them something to think about.

One day Duncan goes to his crayon box and finds letters from his crayons. Red complains that he is tired and worn from being used too much for fire trucks, apples and red balls. Purple writes that she knows she is a favorite color but would the child please try to stay within the lines. Beige says that she is not to be called light brown or tan. Her name is beige.

The author tries to show that crayons are a lot like people; they want to be thought of in the right way. Do crayons write letters? No. Do crayons complain or expect different things? No. But the child will smile the next time he colors and thinks, maybe red does need to be thought of with respect and care. At the end, all the colors are used and a beautiful picture is made.

In a clever and humorous way the book helps a child think about how to respect his friends and how each one is important. You might call it a “colorful” way of showing the “Golden Rule” and that each person needs to be handled with care.

Requests will be made for The Day the Crayons Quit to be read over and over again.  It will also provides interesting talking points for the reader and the child. What is their favorite color? Is a name important? Just like each color has its place in God’s world so does each child. Who would have thought a lesson besides art could be learned from colors? Maybe, just for fun, the reader might want to help the child write a letter to its favorite color. Enjoy and have fun.

Carol Green, a graduate of Northwestern, is the mother of three adult children. Her five grandchildren affectionately call her “Grams cracker.” She is the published author of many poems for both adults and children; three coloring books: God Gave Me Five, ABC Fun Book, and Color God’s World Bright; and the picture book: My Mom Loves Me.

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