The Day the Crayons Came Home Review
Written by: Drew Daywalt
Illustrated by: Oliver Jeffers
Age Range: 4 and up
Publisher: Philomel Books
“The Day the Crayons Came Home” is another story about Duncan and his crayons. This time, he receives a stack of postcards from his crayons asking for help.
Maroon crayon was left on the couch and Duncan’s dad sat on him. The crayon broke in half, but thankfully it found a friendly paperclip who nursed it back to health.
In continuation from a disagreement in the previous book, Yellow and Orange Crayon no longer care which one is the color of the sun. They were left outside and ended up melting together. All they want now is to go home.
Neon Red crayon was left in the pool during a family vacation and decides it needs to walk home. You learn that the crayon is not the best at knowing where he is or where he’s going.
Pea Green Crayon, now known as Esteban the Magnificent, wants to travel and see the world. To do this, however, one must figure out how to open the front door.
In the end, Duncan feels bad about having lost his crayons. Since the crayons are all different shapes and sizes now, he builds a crayon fort. Each crayon has a special spot in the fort just for them — a place to call home.
What Worked For Me
The glow in the dark page was interesting. You don’t often see that in a book. I also liked the way the story created a relevant reason to have a page that glows in the dark. It fits in with the overall story nicely.
Neon Red Crayon kept getting lost. For whatever reason I found this really funny. It made me laugh numerous times. I’m on team Neon Red Crayon for sure.
I enjoyed Pea Green Crayon (also known as Esteban the Magnificent) in this story. It wants to leave and go on a grand adventure, but needs help opening the door. It eventually gets the door open and looks outside. It’s raining, so it decides to stay. A nice little message that home isn’t so bad after all.
I liked that the illustrations look as though they were drawn by a kid. Since the crayons are primarily used by a child and the crayons are writing postcards to a child, the illustrations really worked for me. They fit the story very well.
The books helps reinforce that kids should treat toys, and crayons, with care. This is a lesson that’s good for my kids to see and remember.
What Didn’t Work For Me
Some of the scenes in the book were a little… gross. Brown Crayon complains (rightfully so) because it was used to color bear poop. Tan Crayon gets eaten and thrown up by the family dog. To be fair, this may not be an issue for many people but it’s worth mentioning here.
Here’s the metric I use: When you’re a parent and your child asks to read this book 3 or more days in a row, how likely are you to want to jump head first through a wall?
My kids and I really like this book. My kids get excited to read the story and it makes them laugh a lot. I find it humorous and worth reading multiple days in a row.
I really think you’ll enjoy this book. There are numerous mini storylines that will make you smile. Your kids will love the story and all the funny moments in it. Give it a read and let me know what you think!
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