September 17, 2015

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 1:23 am by suebe2

The Day the Crayons Came Home
by Drew Daywalt
illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Philomel Books

One day Duncan and his crayons are coloring when a stack of odd post cards arrives.  To Duncan, Duncan’s Bedroom, Upstairs.

From Maroon to Estaban, the crayons write to him with tales of woe. Some have been lost in the house, waiting in the oh so scary dark.  Others have been dropped on vacation.  Estaban just thinks that the name pea green is unappealing an insists an exotic, adventuresome change.  Yellow and Orange have melted together; they no longer argue about who  is the color of the sun. Duncan even gets a postcard from one of his baby brother’s crayons; it is a call for help.

The one thing that the postcards all have in common is that these crayons are ready to come home and be a part of Duncan’s life.  But how do you house a group of crayons that are now misshapen, enlarged and no longer fit into your standard crayon box?  You’ll have to read the book to find out.

This book may actually be more funny than Daywalt and Jeffers’ first creation, The Day the Crayons Quit.  I was reading The Day the Crayons Came Home while waiting for my high school aged son to get out of swim practice.  I read part of it aloud to him before I would start the car.

Jeffers art work combines crayon drawings with photos of a cardboard box and what look to be real post cards.  The post cards, especially those from Neon Red, definitely add another layer to the story.  Hint: Neon Red is walking home and on the way visiting the Great Wall, the Pyramids and the rainforest.  Looking at the images on Neon Red’s postcards, it is pretty clear that, although he’s having a great time, he really isn’t sure where he is.

Pick this up for your young artist and share in the fun as you read this book out loud again and again.

–SueBE

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