Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Little Crooked Bookshelf

by Drew Daywalt
Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers 

What it's all about . . .
They’ve had it. Duncan’s crayons have reached their breaking points (except for green, who personally enjoys his work, though feels compelled to quit due to problems concerning yellow and orange) and so they quit. No more dragons. No more whales. No more water. No more sunshine. The crayons are finished!

Why it’s on the Crooked Bookshelf . . .
It’s a kooky idea, crayons going on strike, but it’s also incredibly charming, which is why it’s on our bookshelf.

Our favorite lines . ..

Hi Duncan, I HATE being used to draw the outline for things . . . things that are colored by other colors, all of which think they’re brighter than me! It’s not fair when you use me to draw a nice beach ball and then fill in the colors of the ball with ALL THE OTHER CRAYONS. How about a BLACK beach ball sometime? Is that too much to ask? Your friend, Black Crayon.

Our favorite illustration . . .

From The Day the Crayons Quit. Illustration copyright 2013 by Oliver Jeffers.

Why kids will love it . . .
First, talking crayons. It’s a fun idea. Second, the crayons are hilarious and compelling characters. They offer a peek inside the mind and heart of an underappreciated art tool.

Why grown-ups will love it . . .
Incredibly clever writing. And the book really stays true to its concept. It’s hard to look at a crayon the same way after reading this book. 

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