The Day the Crayons Quit written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

The day the Crayons Quit!

This is a great picture book that can be used with all ages – even Year 6!

Duncan, the main character in the book goes to take out his crayons to use in class. However, instead of the crayons he finds a stack of letters with his name on them!  Who has written to him and what do they want? In this great book, Duncan’s crayons decide to make their views known to their owner as the crayons are rather annoyed!  However, will the letters persuade Duncan to change his colouring habits? Why does poor blue crayon need a break?  Why is beige so bored?  Why is black just so misunderstood? Will poor embarrassed peach crayon ever make it out of the box?  Which crayon is actually the colour of the sun? 

This delightful book written by Drew Daywalt and well-known illustrator Oliver Jeffers is fantastic and there are plenty of lesson ideas that can be used after reading this book. It certainly was a hit with all the children and teachers at Anton Junior School when we used it as part of our annual Book Week. 

Suggested activities to do after reading the book:

  • Discuss what will Duncan learn from reading the letters from his crayons. Why is each crayon so annoyed? How does the crayon feel?   What does the crayon want to persuade Duncan to do? How has Duncan used the crayon in the past and how does this make the crayon feel?
  •  The children then wrote a persuasive letter to their crayon explaining that they are the best colour in the world – lots of persuasive language was used throughout!Each class at Anton came to school one morning to find a letter and a crayon attached to their board. Each class read their letter and studied it in detail. We discussed the following:How does the crayon feel?   What does the crayon want to persuade Duncan to do?  How has Duncan used the crayon in the past and how does this make the crayon feel?  The children then wrote a persuasive letter to their crayon explaining that they are the best colour in the world – lots of persuasive language was used throughout!
  • In small groups – children are given a crayon that they need to ‘fight’ for, protect and save. Have a class debate! Which crayon is the best? Why? Why should their colour be saved and looked after? Which colour should really be the sun? Children to produce a 2-minute presentation stating why their crayon is the best crayon in the world and why it is so useful!
  • Ask the children to pretend that they are an item in their pencil case e.g. rubber, pencil, sharpener, pritt stick, pen etc… They are going to write to their owner (similar to how the crayons did to Duncan) about how they are feeling and what is wrong with the way that they are being treated and how they would like to be treated in the future. The children will write as the character using first person.

Good News! If you liked this book, then there is a sequel – The day The Crayons Came Home!  It is definitely worth a read too!

 By Bree House

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By Bree House 

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