May 8, 2015

The Day the Crayons Quit written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Lucas received this cute quirky picture book for his 3rd birthday. It's now one of his favorite bedtime/nap time books. By the end of the last page, he is already asking for more. He enjoys the bright colorful illustrations and short text. It takes about seven to ten minutes to read this book - depending on how long he wants to look/talk about each page. Perfect for our bedtime routine and my 3 year old's short attention span.

While googling information on the author and illustrator, I found that this book had many negative reviews. Everything from whiny crayons, racist intentions on the authors part (in particular with the Peach and Beige crayons), and a possible plagiarism charge.

How much of this is simply adults reading into/over-analyzing The Day the Crayons Quit?  I'm not sure?

I have enjoyed reading this book. The illustrations are fantastic. I love the details Jeffers puts into his artwork. I think half of this book's success comes from the illustrations. The letters to Duncan are hysterical. Each crayon has something to say - some are upset, some have been used to much or too little, some some are in disputes with one another, and some just want to let Duncan know that he is doing a fantastic job. 

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