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January 19, 2017

The Day the Crayons Quit

by Anne Paddock

The battle lines have been drawn.

Every office in the country should have a copy of The Day the Crayons Quit lying around. People may scoff, roll their eyes, and even think that someone left their kid’s book at the office or the waiting room by mistake, but don’t turn away. Pick up the book and read it. Maybe it’s been a few years since you’ve read a children’s book (if you’re not the proud parental unit of a child under the age of 10, then it’s probably been a while). This one’s worth it. 

Duncan loves to color but when he opens his crayon box and finds a pack of letters instead of crayons, he becomes alarmed. The letters reveal a mutiny of sorts: Red is overworked, Purple is distressed, Beige is having a FOMO moment, Grey is tired, White is feeling overlooked while Yellow and Orange aren’t speaking to each other. The_Day_The_Crayons_QuitPink is under utilized, Blue is over utilized, and Green has no complaints. Duncan has a problem on his hands and must figure out how to calm the natives so he can get back to what he loves:  coloring.

Take 5 minutes and read this book. It’s fabulous. It’s hilarious. And, the message is spot on. Written for kids, perfect for adults.

Written by Drew Daywalt with pictures by Oliver Jeffers, The Day the Crayons Quit is the winner of the E.B. Read Aloud Award and should be awarded the Little Nobel Peace Prize, if there is one.

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