“The Day the Crayons Came Home”

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One of the most imaginative and well-received children’s books in the last few years was “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt,illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.  When you are about to read to a group of children and they cheer when you reveal the cover, then you know you have an entertaining, fun story.  Written in the form of letters to Duncan, each crayon complains either about being overlooked or overused in Duncan’s drawings.

Well, the team of Daywalt and Jeffers have done it again with their soon-to-be released sequel “The Day the Crayons Came Home.”  Following the same basic format, Daywalt this time uses postcards sent to Duncan by his friends the crayons.  Neon Red crayon writes to Duncan to remind him of the great time they had on the family vacation.  Unfortunately, 9780399172755_p0_v5_s192x300Duncan forgot Neon Red by the hotel pool.  He has been waiting for eight months for Duncan to return.  He cannot wait any longer, so he will begin to walk home.  At the end of the story, Duncan realizes that he has lost, forgotten or neglected so many crayons and resolves to remedy the situation.

“The Day the Crayons Came Home” will definitely be a sure-fire hit with all those young readers who enjoyed “The Day the Crayons Quit.”

One Response to ““The Day the Crayons Came Home””

  1. marybeth Says:

    Lillian,
    Thanks for writing about this title; it is wonderful! The author has such a great imagination. I just finished reading it and love the old postcard pics that were utilized — they are so authentic. My favorite crayon has to be neon red. His sense of direction is hilarious — “NJ has giant pyramids, right?” Loved it, and I’m sure the kids will too.

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