Back in September I reviewed the children’s picture book The Day the Crayons Quit. A creative, brightly coloured, journey into the sensitive feelings of our little wax friends. The 2013 bestseller was such a success the creative team of author Drew Daywalt and artist Oliver Jeffers opted to revisit Oliver and his box of Crayons.
Published in 2015, The Day the Crayons Came Home was an instant success. The long awaited sequel was quickly scooped up by teachers, parents, and students craving more of the colourful stories. Becoming one of the best selling books of 2015, the sequel was also the 2015 Goodreads picture book of the year.
Revisiting Duncan and his freshly appeased box of crayons, he finds yet another stack of letters. The new group of postcards are addressed to Duncan from his lost and forgotten crayons. From lost in the backyard and melted in the sun, to being eaten by the dog, each crayon is facing their own dilemma. Neon Red is particularly upset about being forgotten on Duncan’s last family vacation. And, another, craves the world of adventure, if only Duncan could open the front door to let him out. In the end it is up to Duncan again to find a creative solution to appease all of the misfit crayons.
Personally, I appreciated this sequel even more than the original. The only fault with the first being, children tend not to care about a single box of crayons, but have a box of a mish-mashed collection of sizes, shapes and colours put together from colouring books, restaurants, doctors offices, and where ever else they keep getting crayons from. I just recently went through all of my children’s art supplies to find an astounding amount of non-matching colouring utensils. Most of which go directly in the garbage. A book about crayons lost throughout the house makes much more sense, as a parent. I mean every parent knows the struggle of finding crayons in every corner, under every bed, or lost in the couch along with some Lego, a Barbie, and a sock.
The other thing that makes this book hit a little more home is the use of abstract, lesser known crayons. Like burnt sienna, or maroon. Every crayon collection has those non-descript colours that make you scratch your head. I loved the inclusion of neon, and even a glow in the dark crayon, with a spread that actually glows while reading.
All the lovable elements of the first book were there. Crayons with feelings is a very depressing thought, but handled in this light hearted manner makes colouring fun again. The bright pages are inspiring for the little ones to take their colours and use them in new and exciting ways. 5/5, these books are full of laughs for the whole family. My kids love it too much, as I have to veto them from rereading them everyday before they wear out the entertainment value. I put this high on my list of recommendations for the little ones, and one of the first I would mention for anyone looking for a fun picture book.
Thanks booknerds, brown crayon would also like to spread the word that he is embarrassed about always being used to colour poop.