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August 18, 2015

A new cast of crayons—and a new set of complaints

By Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers

In this companion to the phenomenally best-selling The Day the Crayons Quit, Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers once again offer perceptive and frequently hilarious insights into the emotional lives of supposedly inanimate objects that most of us don’t think twice about. One by one, the lost, broken, forgotten and discarded crayons from Duncan’s collection write postcards begging to be rescued from their current circumstances.

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In this companion to the phenomenally best-selling The Day the Crayons Quit, Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers once again offer perceptive and frequently hilarious insights into the emotional lives of supposedly inanimate objects that most of us don’t think twice about. One by one, the lost, broken, forgotten and discarded crayons from Duncan’s collection write postcards begging to be rescued from their current circumstances.

There’s Maroon, who’s been marooned in the couch cushions with only a paper clip for company; Neon Red, who’s been abandoned on a family vacation and is determined to find her way home again; Big Chunky Toddler Crayon, who longs to be saved from the clumsy clutches of Duncan’s little brother; and Esteban the Magnificent (formerly known as Pea Green)—“No one likes peas. No one even likes the color pea green.”

The prose at times borders on sarcasm but remains sweet, and the situations that the crayons have encountered will be familiar to kids and parents alike. The illustrations, rendered in postcards and crayon (of course), are appealingly childlike and full of surprises (be sure to look at Glow in the Dark’s letter . . . in the dark!). The Day the Crayons Came Home will have readers of all ages chuckling—and will inspire kids’ empathy and imagination in equal measure.

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The Day the Crayons Came Home

The Day the Crayons Came Home

By Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers
Philomel
ISBN 9780399172755

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