Drew Daywalt’s The Day the Crayons Quit (2013) is a great title sure to make the kids giggle. It’s got lots of wit and attitude. Told as a series of letters from disgruntled crayons, these characters have tons of personality. How will poor Duncan ever satisfy all his crayons’ demands? The ample sarcasm and humor will ensure your audience is not bored with this one. Beware though, it’s a bit wordy so probably not a good fit for the younger ones. The illustrator is Oliver Jeffers, who is actually another great author you should definitely check out.
The Day the Crayons Quit
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Grades 1-5
If you like this theme also try The Obstinate Pen, by Francis Dormer (2012). What do you do when your pen just won’t cooperate and writes embarrassing things you do NOT want to say? This pen has quite a personality! Also try, My Crayons Talk by Patricia Hubbard and Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. We even have the TV series for Harold on DVD!