The Day the Crayons QUIT
Written By: Drew Daywalt
Illustrated By: Olier Jeffers
Genre: Postmodern – Picture-book
Published: Philomela Books – New York, NY, June 27th, 2013
Awards: New York Time #1 Best Seller, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Seller Picture-book
Themes: A fun and quirky take on the perspective of a crayon, the book explores the themes of empathy and emotions (from the crayons perspective).
Summary: As a little boy named Duncan returns to his desk, eager to begin coloring and working for the day he finds something completely unexpected. Duncan is ready to use his crayons, but is baffled that they are not there! Instead, in their place are letters listing the crayons grievances. Duncan is on sure what to do, as he needs this crayons! How could the possibly be on strike? Duncan eagerly reads the letters to try understand what is going on.
Response: Describe the artwork in terms of style and media. What elements of the illustrations appealed to you? What is the primary medium (collage, drawings, photographs, etc.) used in the illustrations? How were illustrations used to tell the story?
The artwork in this book is phenomenal! The style and media of the pictures is very real and appealing to the eye of the reader. Each picture embraces the trueness and realness of a letter, and children’s drawings for each color of the crayon box (example: red – child-like drawings off fire trucks, santas, hearts). As I was going through the book, I could not help but notice that the pictures, being that they looked so real, were almost jumping off the page. The primary medium – as I previously mentioned were chid-like drawings, and the use of “still photographs” for the letters, as well as a cartoon resemblance of the crayons themselves. The illustrations made the story and completed it. With out the still pictures of the letters – there would be no premise to the story – and the childlike drawings give insight into Duncan’s purpose in the story.