The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt: A Review

The Book Wars


Hardcover, 40 pages

Published: July 2nd, 2013 by Penguin Young Readers Group

Reviewed using my own purchased copy

Being that it’s my first post as a contributor and the monthly theme include picture books, I chose one from the very top of my list. First, let’s talk about the book itself. The Day the Crayons quit has a hilarious cover and beautiful illustrations by Oliver Jeffers (who has illustrated some other great books). The illustrations in this book are what make the story so great – Daywalt plays with colour, context and the way the reader sees the story told visually through written notes. So what happens when your crayons quit? They go on strike of course! They write letters to their owner, Duncan, explaining why they feel under appreciated or overworked. As you flip through each page, a new letter from a new colour is given, along with a drawing…

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