The Day the Crayons Quit By Drew Daywalt




If you’re looking for a fun way to introduce your child to letter writing and persuasive texts, look no further!


Duncan’s crayons are fed up! They have all gone on strike and have each written Duncan a letter explaining exactly why it is they cannot handle it anymore! Red Crayon is overworked, Beige Crayon is sick of being nothing but wheat and White Crayon is tired of being invisible!

Why I love it:

I absolutely adore the creative idea behind this book. The concept is so left-of-centre and the letters each crayon writes are spot on! You actually find yourself thinking, ‘That’s exactly what the grey crayon would say!’

The text is humorous and the illustrations (by Oliver Jeffers) are engaging and appealing. Each page is laid out as the handwritten letter from a crayon and an example of some of Duncan’s work when using that crayon.

My kids are crazy about this book and I totally agree with their viewpoint!

Themes/ideas to discuss with your child:

  • Feeling fed up
  • Standing up for yourself
  • Persuasive writing
  • Formal letter writing
  • Empathy
  • Compromise
  • Creativity

Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:
  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
  • What do you think is happening on the front cover?
  • What are the crayons holding? Why do you think they are holding them?
  • How do you think the crayons are feeling? What makes you think this?
  • The pictures in this book are done by Oliver Jeffers, have you heard of him?
After reading:
  • Did you enjoy this book? Why/why not?
  • What was your favourite page? Why did you like it?
  • Which is your favourite crayon to colour with? Why?
  • Which crayon was happy?
  • Why were Orange and Yellow not speaking to each other?
  • Which two words started each page?
  • How did Duncan end up making everyone happy?


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