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The Day the Crayons Quit {what we’re reading}


Before I had children I used to acquire books at a rate of knots that might to the casual observer suggest that I feared that the printed word was in imminent danger of extinction.  I’ve slowed down a little since the girls arrived, mostly because I’m not reading grown up books quite as fast any more, and if the pile beside my bedside table gets any higher there’s every chance that when it topples over at 1am I’ll become submerged in an ocean of paperbacks.  The fiction would be OK, but I’ve still got the Lightroom FAQs up there and no one wants that landing on their head in the middle of the night.

But there’s just something about new books that’s completely irresistible.  I don’t know whether it’s the feel or just the excitement of a new story, or whether I should be on Hoarders after all, but it is perhaps possible that I’ve simply transferred my habit to children’s books.  Well, it is me that’s reading them after all.


Today’s tale, The Day the Crayons Quit, is one of those books that really pushes at the boundary of bought-for-the-girls versus bought-for-me.  And by ‘pushes’ I of course mean ‘hurdles it effortlessly and runs a victory lap around the metaphorical field’.

I bought it for H.

I’d picked it up on a little detour into the bookshop in search of something new and lovely for Elma, and knew that H would love it, and love reading it to his mini artists in training.

It’s a simple enough concept; Duncan goes to get out his crayons and instead finds a little pile of envelopes, a letter from each colour in the box.

Purple is getting stressed about being used outside the lines, Red is feeling the strain of covering every major holiday, Pink protests gender stereotyping, and Peach, Peach would just like a label so that it can come out of the crayon box without blushing.


It’s Drew Daywalt’s first book, and I very much hope not his last, especially when you combine the humour of the letters with Oliver Jeffers’ trademark naïve illustrations.

Initially I thought it would be a little advanced for Kitty and it is clearly aimed at school age children, but she loved it, hugged it, carried it around the house, and requested it for bedtime story with a sleepy “crayons please!” for at least a week; always a sign of a success.


She likes to turn the pages, call out the colours, and has started to parrot a little of each story while we read, although she hasn’t quite decided whether pink or purple is her favourite page – it largely depends on what she’s wearing that day.


And by the looks of the little fingers sneaking into my photos…

Oliver Jeffers, Drew Daywalt, Toddler Book, Children's Books, Kid's Books, the Day the Crayons Quit

I think someone else is a fan too!



Maggie Stone
So what have you been reading this week? We’ve all been a bit busy with the Bank Holiday so there’s no linky today, but if you have been reading something lovely, please let me know in the comments, there’s still some space on our bookcases!



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  • Anna-Marie 27/08/2013 at 8:47 am

    This looks amazing! I love to find out about books like this, and with Moo’s birthday coming up, and christmas these are perfect sticking fillers.

    I am so pleased I found this linky through Lucy. I have found so many great books already 🙂 x

    • Carie 27/08/2013 at 8:56 am

      Kitty’s birthday is towards the end of September and I’ve definitely compiled a bit of a wish list – and then we’ve got three months to build up to Elma’s first birthday and Christmas! I love that this year they’re both going to get gorgeous great big piles of books.

  • melanie 27/08/2013 at 9:09 am

    I too was a bit of crazed reader before my children came along. I find it strange for it to be a rarity to pick up a book these days. this looks like a lovely book. My daughter is constantly surrounded by words but sometimes i find it hard to discover new books like this. thank you for sharing, it’s definately going on our wish list! x

    • Carie 27/08/2013 at 1:32 pm

      One of these days I shall have to make a proper list of all our what we’re reading books as the ultimate baby and toddler book list!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 27/08/2013 at 3:53 pm

    I completely know what you mean about new books- I could NEVER get a kindle because I love the feel, smell, excitement of a new book, and I have definitely instilled that love in Mads as she gets so excited too. x

    • Carie 27/08/2013 at 11:33 pm

      I’m totally with you on the Kindle – part of reading books and magazines is the tactile pleasure – I have a serious Persephone books habit because I love how they feel to read!