The Day the Crayons Quit

Daywalt, Drew

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Day the Crayons Quit
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?

Publisher: New York, NY :, Philomel Books,, [2013]
Copyright Date: ♭2013
ISBN: 0399255370
Characteristics: 36 unnumbered pages :,color illustrations ;,26 cm
Additional Contributors: Jeffers, Oliver


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Jan 02, 2015
  • Daneece rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a fun and interactive book. :)

Oct 02, 2014

LOL, a crayon wearing underwear. Poor peach crayon. I don't have kids, but the title caught my eye! Who would have thought crayons could have attitudes! A really cute book.

Sep 20, 2014
  • jeanreed_99 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My 4 year old really likes this book, though it is still a bit long to keep his attention span. It was too much for my 2 year old. I loved the idea and it is a fun book, but I really struggled reading yellow's letter.

Sep 12, 2014

My kids loved this book! They found the peach crayon especially charming :).

Sep 02, 2014

What would you do if your crayons suddenly quit and refused to colour?

This is what happened to Duncan one morning at school when he opened his crayon box. There, he found a pile of letters printed by his unhappy crayons.

Red complained of having to colour so many fire engines, strawberries, Santas and Valentine hearts. Why couldn’t another crayon be used instead? Pink was unhappy because he was rarely used. Purple complained that Duncan sometimes used him to colour outside the lines, which looked messy.

Gray was tired of colouring large animals like elephants and whales. He suggested that Duncan find some small gray animals instead.

Green had no complaints … except to complain that Yellow and Orange were arguing about the true colour of the sun and were no longer speaking to each other. Could Duncan please settle this silly argument?

Blue hated being short and stubby, having been used so often in skies, lakes, rivers, oceans and raindrops.

And Peach, whose paper wrapping had been peeled away by Duncan, felt naked and was too embarrassed to emerge from the crayon box.

Poor Duncan! He just wanted to colour his pictures – but at the same time he wanted his crayons to be happy.

Then he had an idea – an idea that made him, his crayons and his teacher very happy.

Children will have so much fun listening to this clever, imaginative, hilarious and wonderfully-illustrated tale about crayons coming to life, each with their own distinct personality!

Aug 29, 2014

its awsome

Aug 22, 2014
  • SurreySemiahmoo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

All the different letters of complaint that the crayons write are immensely funny and will remind us to be kind to our crayons! It is a MUST READ!

Jul 26, 2014
  • muffinpopcorn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very cute story . But it should not have been done in crayon or cursive as little ones will not be able to read without an adult reading it to them .
But all in all a cute story , definitely one to be shared with an adult reading to the child. Does make you chuckle at times .

Jul 23, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I was extremely disappointed with this book especially since it was on the best seller list. Talking crayons is a cute concept, but the book simply does not deliver. It is also NOT written with children and young readers in mind. The story is mostly written in crayon which makes it very hard to read. Some of the crayon is done in cursive. Young readers cannot yet read cursive. Some of the colors of the writing were not dark enough to see clearly.
Although the concept of having a child's drawings as illustration is cute, the layout is poor. I was not even interested in looking at the pictures because I was too busy getting bogged down in the letters from the crayons.
Would children like this as a read-aloud? I don't think so. The concepts are too mature for children below reading age. There are even idioms used and phrases these kids simply don't know yet.
Overall, I did not like this book as it does not seem to appeal to any age group.
Would I recommend it? NO. Not appropriately written for any age group.

Jul 21, 2014
  • TDSRC2014_WD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My favourite part is the naked peach crayon because he was naked. It made me laugh.

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Sep 20, 2014
  • jeanreed_99 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Sep 02, 2014

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

Aug 22, 2014
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Jul 09, 2014
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Jul 07, 2014
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May 27, 2014
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Oct 23, 2013
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Jul 07, 2014
  • orange_dolphin_185 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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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Jul 07, 2014
  • orange_dolphin_185 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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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