Monday, August 31, 2015

The Day the Crayon's Came Home by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers - A Mom Monday Review

A Mom Monday Review:

Author: Drew Daywalt, Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Publication Date:  18 August 2015
Publisher: Philomel Books
Series:  Crayons, book 2
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Age Recommendation: 4 and up
Rating: 5 Stars

Book Description:

I'm not sure what it is about this kid Duncan, but his crayons sure are a colorful bunch of characters! Having soothed the hurt feelings of one group who threatened to quit, Duncan now faces a whole new group of crayons asking to be rescued. From Maroon Crayon, who was lost beneath the sofa cushions and then broken in two after Dad sat on him; to poor Turquoise, whose head is now stuck to one of Duncan's stinky socks after they both ended up in the dryer together; to Pea Green, who knows darn well that no kid likes peas and who ran away—each and every crayon has a woeful tale to tell and a plea to be brought home to the crayon box.

My Review:

I am so in love with this sequel to the book The Day the Crayons Quit.  The Day the Crayons came home has a similar feel to the first book, but I found it to be even more witty and clever.  I loved the attitude of each crayon, particularly Pea-Green crayon, AKA Esteban and Neon Red Crayon.  I couldn't help but feel a bit bad for our dear friend Esteban as his plans to run away keep hitting road blocks and there are so many laugh out loud moments as Neon Red Crayon travels the 'world'.  

All of the crayons take us on a humorous adventure as they make their way back home to Duncan.  The illustrations by Oliver Jeffers are fabulous, we loved the glow-in-the-dark page most, but each page has so much to look at.  The illustrations are simplistic enough for the youngest reader, but full of little detailed that even the oldest readers will find something to love.  

I also loved that with each of these crayons personalities you as the reader can find one of them to connect with.  I am most definitely a Neon Red Crayon, my oldest daughter said she would be the pencil because they are the simplest and she would rather write than draw and my youngest couldn't decide between Rainbow Crayon (who makes a guest appearance) or Esteban (formerly known as Pea-Green Crayon).  Sufficed to say you can tell we had a great time reading this book.  Lots of laughter, plotting (for what the crayons do next), and smiles!  

This is a fantastic book for anyone really, I swear I enjoyed it as much if not more than my 9 and 6 year old daughters.  Every Pre-K through 3rd grade (at the least) should have a copy of this book (and the first one) on their class room shelves...if you're teacher doesn't have it let me suggest it as a wonderful teacher appreciation gift!  This is a must have book for any home library as well, it will get read over and over and bring lots of wonderful laughter into your home!


Get The Day the Crayons Quit 

Ever since his childhood in one of Ohio’s most haunted houses, writer director Drew Daywalt has been writing escapist fantasy and building worlds of his own. With a degree in Creative Writing, and a concentration in Children’s Literature from Emerson College in Boston, Daywalt set off to Hollywood where he spent years writing for Disney and Universal on such beloved shows as Timon & Pumba, Buzz Lightyear, and Woody Woodpecker, and where his animated series The Wacky World of Tex Avery garnered an Emmy nomination. 

His first trip into live action landed him studio screenwriting and feature film directing work with such Hollywood luminaries as Quentin Tarrantino, Lawrence Bender, Tony Scott, Brett Ratner and Jerry Bruckheimer.

From figurative painting and installation to illustration and picture-book making, his work has been exhibited in New York, Dublin, London, Sydney, Washington DC, Belfast and elsewhere.
A co-founder of the art collective OAR, their exhibitions include 9 days in Belfast, book and the award winning BUILDING.
Illustration clients include Orange UK, Lavazza, Sony PSP, RCA Records, Starbucks, Candy, the Vacuum and Her Royal Majesty the Queen of England.
HarperCollins UK and Penguin USA publish his picture books, including the award-winning Lost and Found and The Incredible Book Eating Boy.

There has always been a strong undercurrent of narrative behind Jeffers's work, but his current interest in making art lies in the anomaly between logical and emotional thinking.
While striving to find a harmonious balance between form and content, Jeffers is curious about the opposing means by which the world he lives in can be assessed. To explore this he has been drawing parallels between the arts and sciences, as in his recent solo show, Additional Information (exhibited December 2006, in Hill St Belfast), in which figurative oil paintings were over laid with mathematical equations.

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