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  • 2014 Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Award

     

    The Day the Crayons Quit written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers and published by Philomel Books, an imprint of  Penguin Group, 2013.

    The Day the Crayons QuitWhere does inspiration come from? In an interview with Kidlit411, author Drew Daywalt indicated he was staring at his crayon box one day and started to wonder if his crayons could talk to him what would they say? Thus The Day the Crayons Quit was born. Red is overworked – all of that Holiday work you know. Orange and Yellow are fighting – what color do you think the sun is? Moreover, poor Peach is naked. A humorous presentation about balance and working together is playfully presented in crayon drawings.

     

    Students from five to nine laughed aloud during the reading of this tale. Teacher after teacher remarked that they went ahead and purchased a copy of this book for their classroom. The immediate reaction to this book by students was dismay that it was over followed by conversation about what other crayons might say. Teachers loved the discussion the book generated and the possibilities for discussing point of view and other writing prompts.

     

    The Day the Crayons Quit is Daywalt's first children's book, but children have been enjoying his writing for years on series such as Buzz Lightyear and Timon & Pumbaa. Illustrator Oliver Jeffers has amassed numerous awards including the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award. Jeffers previous books Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me preceded The Day the Crayons Quit on The New York Times Best Seller list. HEATHER MANEIRO