Drew Daywalt’s début children’s picture book, ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ has been comfortably sitting in the #1 New York bestseller position for the past two years for a very good reason.
The book is not just good, it’s excellent!
Beautifully illustrated, engaging from the offset and hilarious with a fabulously tongue-in-cheek style.
The Day the Crayons Quit left my girls entranced and giggling throughout. They couldn’t wait to hear the letters of grievance from each crayon, who are tired of conforming to stereotypes and decide to revolt!
Black would like a chance to be more than an outline, while Pink has aspirations of being a cowboy or monster! Yellow and Orange are no longer talking over a dispute of the ‘true’ colour of the sun, and Beige feels overshadowed by Brown.
The Day the Crayons Quit will have you chuckling along with your kids and I wish we’d discovered the book sooner – it deserves a place on every kids bookshelf!
As a parent, I love books that inspire creativity and encourage children to ‘think outside the box’ or in this case, ‘think outside the crayon box’.
For your chance to win a copy of this awesome book AND the soon to be released companion book The Day the Crayons Came Home ( 18th August ), be sure to enter the give away at the end of this post!
In meantime, connect with the Crayon Books on their website, where you will find amazing free printables and teaching resources, and whilst you’re there, have a bit of fun creating your own crayon badge!
How to Upcycle Broken, Unloved Crayons
To ensure your crayons don’t quit, make #everycrayoncount with this simple upcycling method.
Step 1: Cut the broken crayons into small chunks
Step 2: Fill the silicone (heat proof) chocolate cases with crayons. Get a little adventurous by mixing the colours to create interesting and fun blends.
Step 3: Place the silcone cases into a pre-heated oven. Make sure you check the maximum heat limits of the slicone cases. I heated the oven to 180′.
Step 4: It should only take a minute or two for the crayons to melt. Once they have melted, remove crayons from the oven and allow to cool before touching.
Step 5: Once the wax has cooled and solidified, carefully remove your new crayons from their silicone cases and get creative!
As you can see, within the context of The Day The Crayons Quit, we had a play with the colours; mixing popular Green with unloved Pink and unseen White with overused Blue.
I love the end results and they’re so much fun to colour with!