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|Day the crayons came home|
Author: Daywalt, Drew
One day, Duncan is happily coloring with his crayons when a stack of postcards arrives in the mail from his former crayons, each of which has run away or been left behind, and all of which want to come home.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.30
Points: .5 Quiz: 175864
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 1.60
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 66639
Kirkus Reviews (07/15/15)
School Library Journal (+) (08/01/15)
Booklist (+) (08/01/15)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/15)
The Hornbook (00/11/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2015 K-Gr 2—Duncan's crayons are back in this companion to the spectacular The Day the Crayons Quit (Philomel, 2014), and they are just as forthright as ever. A stack of postcards arrive for the neglectful boy, this time written by a new batch of crayons who have been forgotten at motels, lost under the couch, or left behind in the basement. Maroon has been marooned under the sofa, having been broken by Duncan's dad, who sat on it, Tan (or Burnt Sienna) has seen better days and has recently been puked up by the dog, and old frenemies Orange and Yellow have melted in the sun to become one gooey mess. Recurring postcards from Pea Green (aka Esteban), who dreams of traveling, and clueless Neon Red, who writes about grand adventures abroad, will elicit giggles from young ones. Jeffers's mixed-media illustrations of photographed postcards and childlike crayon drawings against white backdrops enhance kid appeal and encourage close visual reading. A glow-in-the-dark spread and chatty household items, such as a sock, a paper clip, and a pencil sharpener, are new aspects to look forward to, and the general theme of home being a place where everyone belongs will resonate with old and young readers alike. VERDICT A brilliant, colorful tale that begs to be read aloud and a must-have for all collections.—Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 08/01/2015 *Starred Review* The crayons are back! Well, not all of them. Some of them are scattered hither and yon, and although they’d certainly like to return to Duncan, they’ll need his help for that. Happily, all have had access to postcards, which arrive for the boy in a single packet. These cards aren’t of the “wish-you-were-here” variety. See, Maroon Crayon has been lost under the couch since Duncan’s dad sat on him and broke him in half. Tan Crayon was eaten by the dog and puked up on the rug. Neon Red, whose star turn was when she depicted sunburn, was left behind on vacation. Only one crayon wants out, not back in: Pea Green, who realizes everyone hates his color, wants to escape to see the world. (Also, he is changing his name to Esteban the Magnificent.) A masterwork of humor and design, this has charmingly realistic postcards facing clever depictions of each crayon’s plight: Turquoise stuck to a sock (after a ride in the dryer), Brown morose after having been used to draw bear poop, and so forth. The reunion of the crayons leads to a wonderfully imaginative final spread, in which cardboard boxes provide an apartment complex of new homes. Sure to be as popular as The Day the Crayons Quit (2013). Whatever will they do next?HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The first book was a bit of a blockbuster, and there’s no reason the crayons won’t continue to color their own paths to glory. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.