A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Mostly just for giggles, but some mentions of foreign places, such as France, the Great Wall of China, and the Amazon rainforest. A picture of the pyramids of Egypt. Shows what can happen if you leave crayons out in the sun or in the clothes dryer.
You can come home again. If you don't take care of your stuff, it can get lost, broken, or even melted.
Positive Role Models
Crayons that ran away are humble enough to ask to come back. Duncan is kind enough to welcome them back and build a nice place for them to stay since they don't fit in the crayon box anymore. Neon Red is upbeat and adventurous. All parties are willing to heal any rift in the relationship so they can be home together again.
Violence & Scariness
Tan gets eaten by the dog but survives.
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Tan gets eaten and "puked up" by the dog. Brown Crayon shows a drawing in which Duncan scribbled next to a bear and wrote the words "Bear goes in the woods."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Day the Crayons Came Home, by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, is the follow-up to The Day the Crayons Quit. You don't have to have read the first book to enjoy this one. The format of the first was letters of complaint from the individual colors to the boy who used them, Duncan, stating why they wanted to quit. Here, the crayons -- some that were lost or left behind somewhere many months ago -- send him postcards, telling him of their travels and mishaps and asking him to retrieve them or let them come home. It's uproariously silly and delightful.
Is It Any Good?
This second crayon tale is even funnier than the first, as the colors that left in a huff in Book 1 write hilarious postcards recounting their time away and begging to come back to Duncan's house. They've been battered, bitten by baby brother, eaten and spit up by the dog, and spun in the dryer, and at least one has traveled far: A fun motif is Neon Red misidentifying the places he's been, sending a picture of himself on a camel in front of the pyramids, saying he's crossing New Jersey, and later a shot of himself in mid-ski jump, saying, "Greetings from the Amazon Rain Forest." It's all very clever and loads of fun.
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