Little Kids’ Book Club #8:”The Day the Crayons Quit”

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The Story

"The Day The Crayons Quit", by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers, starts off with a mystery. When “Duncan” reaches for his crayons, he finds instead, a packet of envelopes addressed to him. The envelopes hold hand written resignation letters from all 12 crayons in the box. RED is tired of working year round making fire engines and hearts. BLUE is literally and figuratively worn out coloring skies, oceans and the like. In the end Duncan calls on all the disgruntled crayons in the box, and draws one radiant picture giving every one equal time. It’s a clever storyline with playful illustrations, and can be read on many levels. Little Kids' Book Club #8:"The Day the Crayons Quit" Find this book in your SCHOOL or LIBRARY or order online HERE


Read and Explore


Ask your child:

  • Why do you think the crayons wrote to Duncan vs someone else in the class? (open ended)
  • What is the opposite of quit? (persist or stick with it)
  • In this story how many crayons are in the box? (12-The number is written on the box. Look at another package of something like teabags. Figure out how many teabags are inside the box.
  • Red feels like the most overworked crayon in the box. Which color do YOU use the most? (open ended)
  • What would you add “outside the lines” to the purple dragon picture?(open ended)
  • How does the color white make YOU feel? (open ended)
  • When you look at objects in real life, are they outlined in black? (no)
  • What colors combined make green? (blue and yellow)
  • What colors combined make orange? (yellow and red)
  • What color do YOU think the sun is? (open ended)
  • “Shining down brilliantly.” What is another meaning for brilliantly? (well done)
  • What is the difference between being a tattletale and sharing important information? (A tattletale tells on someone when they don’t have to. Sharing important information is helpful.)
  • Is the ocean always the same color blue? (No. Many things affect the color including how deep the water is, the sun and the sky.)
  • “Your very stubby friend, Blue Crayon” What does stubby mean? (short)
  • If you were to write a letter to one of the crayons, what would you say to convince the crayon not to QUIT? (Dear Red Crayon, ……)
  • Can you draw a picture with all the colors in the box? (Email us your first name with the picture and we’ll publish it on a future Little Kids’ Book Club write-up.) 

Fun Facts:

  • The Crayola name and crayon-concept came from Alice Binney, wife of Mr Binney of Binney & Smith manufacturing company in Easton, PA.  
  • The first box of Crayola Crayons came out in 1903.
  • In 1962, during the Civil Rights Movement, the crayon color “Flesh” was renamed “Peach.”
  • With 12 million new crayons made a day in the US, remember the 3 Rs, Reduce-Reuse-Recycle. Send your unwanted and broken crayons to CRAZY CRAYON, where they will be recycled into fun new shapes.
  • Author Drew Daywalt is a writer and director in Hollywood, known for his Horror films.
  • Take a peak into Oliver Jeffers World, where the illustrator has created a collection of online self directed visual experiences for children.

Thank you for joining us this week. Keep reading!

Caryl Frankenberger & Julie E. Janson