Parents' Guide to

The Day the Crayons Quit

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Crayons complain to their owner in funny ode to color.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 5+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 4+


I thought this was a great book. So great I ended up buying it for myself even though I have two daughters. I picked it up with no intentions on buying any books that day, but I just couldn’t put it down as I read the first few pages and thought what a cool idea. To see the world through Duncan’s Crayons was pretty epic. I am an Art teacher and I have this book on my shelf so my students can see it and almost if not all of them say what a great book this is. And they even tout the sequel which I have yet to read.
age 6+

There was no story

We did not like the book because there was no story and I found the sense of humor ridiculous. It is too silly and a bit nonsensical.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (5 ):

THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT is wildly imaginative and loads of fun. It has a youthful sensibility that kids will relate to, but it's so clever that adults won't mind reading it over and over again. It's just funny to think about crayons being mad about what they have to color -- or being jealous of what other crayons get to! And illustrator Oliver Jeffers imbues each little crayon with a distinct personality and perfectly captures kid-style drawings. If you're looking for a fresh idea in a children's book, look no further.

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