A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Funny book meant to entertain. But kids will be exposed to the concept of snail mail letters and see how they're addressed.
The holidays are a fun time to get together with friends and family. Do what you can to give back to your loved ones who take care of you. If you can't be with folks you love at holiday time, write them a letter!
Positive Role Models
The crayons demonstrate kind friendship among themselves and appreciation of Duncan, the boy whose bedroom they live in, and respect for various holiday traditions. Both Christmas and Hanukkah are represented. Some crayon parents send loving letters to their "kids."
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Drew Daywalt's The Crayons' Christmas, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, is the third book in a series that began with The Day the Crayons Quit. Once again letters tell the story, but this time it's more interactive, as readers get to pull out and hold the letters, which are tucked into envelopes, a box of Christmas decorations, and a shipped package. The letters, addressed to different crayon colors in Duncan's bedroom, convey Christmas wishes from crayon parents and from three of their fellow crayons who are on the road and can't make it home for the holidays. (Both Christmas and Hanukkah are represented.) One letter folds out to be a simple board game. All the letters are full of jokes and funny drawings. And some of the envelopes include paper doll-type outfits for the crayons that readers can pop out and play with.
Is It Any Good?
This offbeat holiday story has the same warm and wacky humor of the other books in the Crayons series. It's great to see the old gang back together again in The Crayons' Christmas -- even if some only show up in letters. It's sweet but not overly sentimental, and sly without being snarky.
The crayons' tiny handwriting is a little hard to read in places, but the regular text is big and clear. Parents and caregivers should be able to manage it all for a fun, interactive read-aloud.
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