The imagination of the author gets me every time I read a brilliant picture book and The day the crayons quit is pure genius. All twelve of the crayons in Duncan’s box write him a letter expressing for the most part their displeasure in his use of them. Black crayon hates only getting to be the outline guy, and poor blue crayon is a shadow of his former self, suffering from being used on every sky, sea and ocean. The crayons are threatening strike action unless Duncan sorts out his technique. His solution to this sticky situation is visually fabulous.
The humour in the story is probably suited more to a young school-age audience although older pre-schoolers will no doubt love the illustrations. All sorts of great discussion and activities could follow the reading of this story.
Check out The day the crayons quit at Auckland Libraries.
Or buy The day the crayons quit from Fishpond.