Perfect Picture Book Friday: The Day the Crayons Quit

Perfect Picture Book Friday is here with The Day the Crayons Quitthe delightful, laugh-out-loud creation of Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers (it took me an extra few seconds to figure out who the illustrator was because his name is upside-down on the cover). The book is so funny that when I was reading it aloud to my 11-year-old (yes, he is very patient with me … he sat with his new James Dashner book in his lap and listened to me read), my 14-year-old walked into the room and asked why we were laughing about a beige crayon. Then he sat next to me for the rest of the book!

Check out Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog feature Perfect Picture Book Fridays. She has compiled a complete list of recommended picture books with links to resources for home and the classroom. It’s awesome!


Title: The Day the Crayons Quit

Author/Illustrator: Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

Publisher: Philomel Books (Penguin), 2013


Ages:  3-7 years

Theme: colors, jobs, drawing, creativity, labor relations

Opening: “One day in class, Duncan went to take out his crayons and found a stack of letters with his name on them.

Synopsis: 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? (from Amazon)

Resources and ideas: Literature response; writing; classroom use ideas; discussions could be generated about science (ROY G BIV, visible and invisible parts of sunlight), animals, seasons (colors change, snow happens, etc.), labor law and fairness, compromise, friendship, self-esteem or self-acceptance

What I thought: We loved this clever book. All the colors have different personalities and different problems being the color they are. I tried to choose a favorite spread to share with you, but I couldn’t do it. I just ended up reading the book again, and then again. Just for fun, here is the gray spread.


Check out an informative interview with Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers at the blog Omnivoracious!

Enjoy, and let me know what you and your kids think!

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17 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: The Day the Crayons Quit

  1. I love this book! I love anything that Oliver Jeffers does. He is my hero.

  2. This really is a clever book. Think it will be one of the tops books of the year!

  3. This book made me laugh out loud. Poor, naked peach!

    Great choice!

  4. Another book I wish I had written, Beverly. I have trouble with plotting!

  5. Yup, this is a LOL book. Crayons with attitude. I love it.

  6. I’ve read this book and love it so, so much! Great PPBF pick!

  7. I love this book, Beverly! I love it so much I did it myself a few weeks ago 🙂 I’m glad you agree it belongs on the PPBF list. It’s so funny, isn’t it? 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  8. Now if it only smelled like a new box of Crayolas . . .!

  9. Stacy S. Jensen

    It’s worth a repeat. It took me weeks to get it at the library. It was so much fun. Despite the larger than normal word count for my toddler … he immediately said, “read it again.”

  10. I’m in love with this book! It is just so creative. Thanks for the review!

  11. I’m not sure what world I’ve been living in but I have only just discovered Oliver Jeffers! One of my 5 year old students told me I would LOVE this book…and he was right. Loved it so much I’ve just ordered them all 🙂

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