Saturday, June 22, 2013
The Day the Crayons Quit
Author: Drew Daywalt
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Publication Year: 2013
Location: Barnes & Noble
Awards: Publisher's Weekly starred review,
Summary: One day Duncan finds a packet of letters from his crayons. They're mad and they're letting him know about it. Red is overworked- he even has to work holidays coloring all those Santas! Blue has been worn down to a nub and can't see out of the box. Orange and yellow are in a fight over who gets to color the sun. Each two page spread has a letter written by the crayon in question and an illustration of how Duncan uses them. Duncan ends up using all the crayons in a masterpiece and saves the day. The fun drawings along with the epistolary style really bring the story to life.
Classroom Ideas: Great example of personification and character. It would be an interesting writing exercise to write from the point of view of one of their supplies. What would their pencil say?