Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My newest best book that I love - book review

Quote of the Day: 

" Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house."

Oh, I can remember like it was yesterday receiving that brand new box of crayons for my very own personal use.  Oh the happiness, the pride, the wonder of that package.  I got to upgrade from a package holding eight crayons to one holding....hold your breath now...sixty-four!  Yes, sixty-four stunning colours of every hue and shade available to mankind (at that time, I am old).  As I flipped back the lid they all peered out at me and seemed to be shouting, "Pick me!" "Pick me!" "I am the best. " The colours assaulted my retinas, the smell of the "new", unused wax and the divine images of  endless creations still are imprinted on my brain.  I loved my crayons and received a new box every September to go back to school with.  OMG I am getting giddy just thinking about them....better get on to my review....sorry....flashback fun must end.

Title:  The Day the Crayons Quit
Author:  Drew Daywalt
Illustrator:  Oliver Jeffers

This book is a winner for sure.  It is absolutely one for your private collection, a must-have, a keeper.  It is a debut book for the author, Drew Daywalt, and Oliver Jeffers is "THE illustrator" man to partner with.  The book is narrated by individual disgruntled crayons who have their "day in court" and try to explain their grievances to their owner Duncan.  

Duncan just wants to colour but when he opens up his crayon box he is confronted with letters of protest from each of its residents.   Red is unhappy and overwhelmed because of overuse.  Neurotic Purple is having a breakdown because he's a neat-freak and Duncan sometimes colours outside of the lines.  He states,"If you don't start colouring inside the lines soon, I'm going to lose it."  Grey is throwing in the towel because of misuse.  He always gets the BIG jobs like colouring in the whales and elephants...come on give me a break.  White is feeling neglected and non-existent and feels all empty inside because if she didn't have a black outline no one would know she was there.  Black is beginning to hate just being the "outliner."  Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to brown.  Green seems happy and well adjusted but Orange and Yellow are not speaking to each other and are driving him crazy.  Blue has a legitimate complaint as he is worn down to a stub with all of his contributions to Duncan's art.  Pink is calling foul because she thinks she is being discriminated against because she is a girl.  And don't get me started on Peach.  Poor Peach is stripped naked, no underwear, and cannot even come out of the box because she is so unhappy.

Duncan reads all the letters and comes to a brilliant conclusion that each colour will be satisfied with.  This book is playful, imaginative and unique.  A perfect book for the back-to-school syndrome that is about to overtake your kids.  I totally loved everything about it and highly recommend it.

About the Author:

About the Author

Although Drew Daywalt grew up in a haunted house, he now lives in a Southern California home, haunted by only his wife, two kids, and five-month-old German Shepherd. His favorite crayon is Black.

 Oliver Jeffers ( makes art and tells stories. His books include How to Catch a Star; Lost and Found, which was the recipient of the prestigious Nestle Children’s Book Prize Gold Award in the U.K. and was later adapted into an award-winning animated film; The Way Back Home; The Incredible Book Eating Boy; The Great Paper Caper; The Heart and the Bottle, which was made into a highly acclaimed iPad application narrated by Helena Bonham Carter; Up and Down, the New York Times bestselling Stuck; The Hueys in the New Sweater, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year; and This Moose Belongs to Me, New York Times bestseller. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

About the Illustrator:

  • Artist

  • Oliver Jeffers is an artist, illustrator and writer from Belfast Northern Ireland and now lives and works in Brooklyn. He graduated from the University of Ulster in 2001. Wikipedia
    AwardsNestlé Smarties Book PrizeBisto Merit Awards

                  Book Review Rating:   9  (Close to perfection!)

    Read on and read always!  Have an awesome day everyone.

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