The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Publisher: Philomel
Genre: Preschool, Fantasy, Picture book
Length: Short Story (40 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 3+
Rated: 5 Stars
Review by Poppy

Crayons have feelings, too, in this funny back-to-school story illustrated by the creator of Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me

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?

Thoroughly enjoyable, this clever book about a crayon revolt was just a plain fun read. Even my teenager laughed all the way through.

When poor Duncan decides to color and opens his box of crayons, he finds letters instead. The crayons are tired of being mistreated.

The letters are well constructed and the pictures are just perfect. My heart broke a little for poor beige (he’s so defeated in his picture … tired of being called “light brown” or “dark tan”) … I couldn’t get him out of my head even after I finished, I felt just awful for him.

And peach! I laughed at him hiding in the box, naked because he’d been used so much his paper was peeled off.

Yellow and orange argue about who is the right color for the sun … and so much more.

If you’re looking for a just perfect book to teach words and colors to your preschooler, I highly recommend it. It’s amusing for parents as well as kids and just so well done.


  1. This book was on display at a bookstore, and I purchased it for a preschool. Their teacher tells me they enjoyed every page and when she was finished reading, they yelled, “Read again!”

  2. This book sounds really fun and informative.

  3. What a great review for a wonderful book. A must read for parenst and grandparents to share with the kids in their lives.

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