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…


A favourite phrase when reading “The day the crayons quit” from Noah is poor (name colour here) crayon: he feels really sad for the poor colours! This is Drew Daywalt’s first book, and I hope it is not his last, it’s a unique idea that takes you into the life of crayons – I actually ended up feeling sorry for the crayons and wondered a lot about why we have specific colours for specific things! A simple concept, which really got me thinking and if it got me thinking that much it will most definitely get the children thinking as they get older.


Each page is a letter from a coloured crayon, with a doodle on the opposite page to represent the colour. It is such a fun idea, we read each page and discuss the drawing, the colour and feel sorry for the poor crayon in question. It’s helping Noah to identify a lot of emotions and learn new things from the book. Despite the book feeling a little more for the older children, it is helping Noah, you can spin a pre-school twist on most things if you put your mind to it – Mummy can be creative!


It really is funny, how the beige feels upstaged by the brown crayon, sorry Mr Brown! I especially love the letter from red when he announces he is tired of always working the holidays – Christmas and Valentines for example and blue is a little fed up of colouring in so much water. I will let you find out why orange and yellow are no longer talking! The battle lines have been drawn. What is Duncan to do?….


I love the smell of new books and I love books with good illustrations, what better than a new book with amazing illustrations: Oliver Jeffers is simply inspiring. I love drawing and this book is so creative, I love the thought that gone behind the story – Noah loves it too (which is the main thing, obviously). You can buy this book for your little ones on Amazon. You can follow Drew on Twitter @DrewDaywalt & Oliver @OliverJeffers too.


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Maggie Stone

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Last Update: Wednesday, 9th January 2019