Book: The Day The Crayons Came Home
Author: Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
Publication: Harper Collins
Price: Rs 699
Appropriate for: 5+
What could be more fun than a bunch of crayons on strike because they don’t like their jobs? The answer lies in every mom’s clean-up nightmare: crayons left everywhere but in their box. As Duncan, the owner of the said crayons, sits colouring one day, he gets a stack of postcards from an outspoken and indignant lot, demanding immediate rescue or release.
There’s Maroon, forgotten on the sofa and broken into half; Pea Green, who wants to be known as Esteban the Magnificent, because who likes pea and who likes green? There’s directionally-challenged Neon Red, forgotten at Ritz Motel eight months ago. My favourite is the toddler crayon, who begs for a merciful release from Duncan’s brother (“Picasso said every child is an artist, but I dunno. I don’t think he met your brother”).
Daywalt and Jeffers’ sequel to The Day the Crayons Quit is a laugh-out-loud read. Not much needs to be said anew about Jeffers’ art. He usually plays a lone hand, working on his text and stories alone, but, here, Daywalt’s story is the perfect complement to his genius. It’s a collector’s item of a book, just like the previous book and most of Jeffers’ work.