Waxing fantastic…

Hooray! Another book about the Crayons!

The Day the Crayons Quit (click on the title to see the post about it) by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers is one of the funniest children’s books, and now they have done it again with The Day the Crayons Came Home, when all the mislaid, abused and missing crayons send postcards back and set off for the crayon box… these crayons are sad, snarky and feeling very unloved.

Remember Green  who was being driven nuts by Orange and Yellow fighting over who is the colour of the sun? Well, left out in it, they have discovered the colour of the sun is HOT and, melted together, just want to come home. Nobody has had a good time, Tan might actually be Burnt Sienna but cannot tell, having been eating and regurgitated by the dog on the living room carpet – now Tan/Burnt Sienna is mostly fluff, while Maroon fell under the sofa cushions and got sat on by Dad, and Turquoise was left in a pocket and got stuck to a sock in the dryer…

With all the charm, wry humour and clever observation of the first book, difficulties are resolved and a place is found for all. Jeffers’ drawings are as good as ever, and adults will enjoy this as much, if not more, than the kids.

You’ll never look at your crayon box the same way again.


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