The Day the Crayons Quit

Crayon CatastropheThe Day the Crayons Quit cover by Oliver Jeffers

  • What: The Day the Crayons Quit book
  • When: Two years and up
  • Why: Cute, funny, and kids love it
  • Where: Amazon

My son received The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers for his sixth birthday almost two years ago. We read it every day for the first month or more, and even now, all of my kids still find it hilarious.

The story revolves around Duncan, who goes to use his crayons one day only to find a stack of letters addressed to him. Each crayon has written and illustrated their grievances – in their own particular color of course. You will laugh out loud at the realistic complaints from this bunch of downtrodden art supplies, with a proper solution lurking on the last page to keep everyone happy.

I love it so much I’m tempted to buy a copy for my sister, who doesn’t even have kids because I think she will appreciate the humor. I like to read each color in a different voice or accent, though that’s not necessary since Jeffers has done such a fabulous job of giving each color their own unique voice.

Gray crayon letter page from The Day the Crayons Quit

Gray has no shortage of work – or complaints.

The end result is even more stunning. Pick out your favorite color, grab a kid, and sit down to this lighthearted read. Beware, though, you may be more enchanted than your offspring.

The Day the Crayons Quit came out to such success that you can now buy other crayon adventures, including The Day the Crayons Came Home, The Crayons’ Book of Colors, and The Crayons’ Book of Numbers.

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