Wednesday, June 11, 2014

THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Lexile     AD730          Pages     40          Ages     5 - 7
AR Quiz No. 159597 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.8 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Duncan wants to color. But when he opens his crayon box, the crayons aren't there! Instead, he finds a stack of letters tied together with a string and addressed to him. They are from the different crayons, each with an issue they'd like to discuss. Gray is overworked, while Pink is overlooked. Orange and Yellow both believe they are the true color of the sun. Beige is feeling unimportant, Blue is feeling short and Green is being driven over the edge by Orange and Yellow arguing! 

Poor Duncan just wants to color!

How does Duncan resolve the problem? How does he get the crayons back on track? Well, no pun intended here, (wink, wink) - he THINKS OUTSIDE THE BOX! : )

Does a whale HAVE to be gray? No!
Can there be an occasional pink dinosaur? Absolutely!


I really like the message Dewalt's book sends about creativity. Too often we put things into boxes and leave them there, day after day, week after week. Structure and rules are good, don't get me wrong, but creativity is just as important when faced with a problem to solve. I also like how the story shows that different people have different points of view, moods aren't always good, and that you have to speak up about something that bothers you for anything to be done about it.

You really can't go wrong adding The Day the Crayons Quit to your child's collection.

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

The Day the Crayons Quit can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.




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