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The Number One New York Times Bestseller!
Debut author Drew Daywalt and international bestseller Oliver Jeffers team up to create a colourful solution to a crayon-based crisis in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way.
Poor Duncan just wants to colour in. But when he opens his box of crayons, he only finds letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!
Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown, Blue needs a break from colouring in all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.
The battle lines have been drawn. What is Duncan to do?

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29th January '18
I read it to Little bear aged 6 aged 6 & to Little lady aged 4 aged 4
The Day The Crayons Quit 9780007513765
5 stars
As a family we love reading this book it allows your personality to come through and get you thinking as a child what your toys could be up to when your not around. We like the way the crayons tell the little boy how they feel about being used for his drawings and the friendship between the crayons, we found it very funny and full of fun.
2nd November '17
I read it myself (an adult)
The Day The Crayons Quit 9780007513765
5 stars
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt is a fun insight into the minds of the humble wax crayons! Duncan’s crayons are feeling a little disgruntled and have each sent Duncan a letter explaining why they are upset. Blue crayon is fed up of colouring sky, sea and clouds while yellow and orange crayon have fallen out and aren’t speaking so they’ve all gone on strike! It causes Duncan to rethink his colour choices and helps to unleash his creativity!

Oliver Jeffers’ simple and colourful pictures only add to the story and beautifully illustrate the letters. They are appealing to children and really reflect children’s illustrations. 

This book would be great to use in school for both Art and English. It can be used to introduce letter writing to young children and children could identify the features before writing a letter back to their favourite colour. I might also use it to help children who have had less experience of the wider world to understand what colours might be appropriate for different pictures, or to encourage children to think outside the (crayon) box!
11th September '17
I read it myself (an adult)
The Day The Crayons Quit 9780007513765
5 stars
Hi Used this book with some three/ four year olds and they really enjoyed it. The different colours had all quit and gave reasons why. It help with the children learning colours and brought a long discussion on how they could use colours daily and never thought about which colours we use the most. I also was lucky enough to have family and friends around the country who sent postcards from the crayons who had ran away. We ended up learning about different towns and cities in the uk.
25th October '17
I read it to Oliver0907 aged 1 aged 1
The Day The Crayons Quit 9780007513765
5 stars
Cannot love this book more!! No wonder that it is a New York Times Best Seller - this book is pure genius! 
Every page is a different story about a different coloured crayon and their reason for leaving or going on strike. Absolutely hilarious for adults as well as children! 
Buy this book!! You won't be disapointed!
7th February '18
George.b read it themselves aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
I did like this book. My mummy did read it to me at bedtime. It made me laugh at how grumpy the crayons were!!

The pictures were bright and they did help me understand what the words meant. I thought the pink crayon was funny - I do like to draw pink dinosaurs! I thought the crayon at the end was the best cos' he had all the colours of the rainbow!!

I liked that the book had letters in it from the crayons - that made me laugh!

This is a good book and i give it the thumbs up!!
22nd March '18
I read it to Ragdollkhanbaby aged 6 aged 6
The Day The Crayons Quit 9780007513765
5 stars
Very cleverly written funny book. Written from the prospective of the crayon to Duncan the owner of the crayons this book offers an insight to the crayon's life! Hilarious in places. Highly recommended
23rd May '19
I read it to 1Brocks! aged 5 to 6
The Day The Crayons Quit 9780007513765
5 stars
A child in my class brought this in, and I can honestly say I haven't heard 1B laugh so much in ages! It's a great concept, with each crayon from Duncan's box having a distinct personality, complaint and voice - I was a little nervous about reading it aloud at first, but the children enjoyed it so much. The book includes letters sent to Duncan from the crayons, and so for all the teachers out there, it's definitely one that could work within a writing unit. 

So many children told me that the peach (naked!) crayon was the best part of the story, and the final illustration prompted lots of discussion too. A real hit in 1B!
14th September '17
I read it to PHanke aged 2 aged 2
The Day The Crayons Quit 9780007513765
5 stars
An absolutely brilliant story! Each page is a different letter from each of the coloured crayons telling the little boy why they have quit! Very imaginative and my daughter loved it! 
11th February '18
I read it to LA12 aged 5 aged 5
The Day The Crayons Quit 9780007513765
5 stars
Leo absolutely loves this story about the crayons that quit. They're unhappy about how they are being coloured with and decide things need to change. The colourful handwritten letters and crayon drawings are brilliant. 
10th September '17
I read it myself (an adult)
The Day The Crayons Quit 9780007513765
5 stars
A group of crayons write to Duncan (their owner) about all of their various gripes and ask him to resolve their problems.  This is a great book, wonderfully illustrated with the prose being witty enough to amuse adults as well.  We read it as part of a year 3 English lesson and it provoked lots of discussion from the children about how the crayons were feeling and how Duncan could make it better for them.  Younger children would love the pictures and find the story entertaining.
4th September '17
I read it myself (an adult) , to THughes14 aged 7 aged 7 , to HHughes28 aged 4 aged 4 , to PHughes22 aged 2 aged 2 & to Kensington Gardens aged 7 to 8
The Day The Crayons Quit 9780007513765
5 stars
Such a wonderful book. We love this book at home, it really makes us chuckle.
Duncan wants to use his crayons to colour a picture but finds a pile of letters from said crayons instead. 
So cleverly written, red is fed up of colouring fire engines and hearts, grey is worn out and tired because elephants are so large to colour, pink is sad because he is unused, orange and yellow aren't talking and well... beige... that makes us laugh every time. 
We spend ages looking at the pictures and talking about what Duncan should draw with the colours. 
A really lovely book with lots of things to talk about. 
A must read for all... we love the sequel too. 
9th June '19
I read it to Pre-schoolA aged 2 to 4
The Day The Crayons Quit 9780007513765
4 stars
The Day the Crayons Quit is a fun and unique story of a box of crayons who write letters to Duncan as they are fed up with how they are being treated. I like how we got to see each of the crayons perspectives of what they believe they are stereotypically used for and I think this was all very familiar to the children. Having this shown in letters to Duncan from each of the colour crayons is a fun way to get their point across but it wasn't something all the children enjoyed and with some of the children being quite young I think it was too long and in some cases humour in which I think the younger children didn't understand which meant they lost interest. For the older children it was mostly enjoyed though and they loved seeing all of the illustrations that went along with the letters of a page of that specific colour which was great to see if they could recognise the colours before the letter was read to them. The characters in this book are just the crayons but I love how their personalities are based on the uses they have to children and ones that children will recognise. The children found peach to be particularly amusing and found that part of the story very funny and silly! The children loved the end of the book and seeing the fantastic picture created with the crayons but were also fascinated at the colour choices, I like that this showed them that we don't have to do the same as everyone else and that we can use our imagination and be different! Overall I think their opinion on this book was divided, the younger children weren't too keen but the older ones loved it. A great story regardless though and a brilliantly subtle way of helping children learn their colours!
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About Drew Daywalt

Drew Daywalt Biography
Drew Daywalt is an award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling children’s author whose books include The Day the Crayons QuitThe Day the Crayons Came Home,...

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About Oliver Jeffers

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Oliver Jeffers is a Northern Irish illustrator and writer whose hand writing itself is as distinctive as his style: encompassing childhood creativity and imagination. Oliver’s works seem to emerge straight out of a lost part of us, one we see in o...

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