Review for The Day the Crayons Quit
Read this in Dutch, but the review will be in English.
Hilarious how they changed the name of the main character to a Dutch name. Though it is also a bit bleh. sighs Duncan is also a good name, nothing wrong with it. I don’t get why they have to Dutchify books. Can’t they just keep the names, not like Duncan isn’t a name used by people in my country. I believe it is even a very popular name.
The book starts off with Duncan wanting to draw, only to find letters from his crayons. The letters were at times angry, at other times they just wanted to talk or they had some problems among themselves and they wanted Duncan to solve it (like the Yellow x Orange crayon). Most of the crayons had a problem. For instance white didn’t feel like he was used much (because, duh, you need different kind of paper to see him), while black was bored of being used for the lines. And so the problems and situations go on. My favourite one? Would be the skin-coloured crayon. I was just laughing, it seemed quite familiar. I remember that I would also peel of (parts or everything) of crayons.
I really loved the letters, each with a different tone, different way of writing and you could just see a whole cast of crayons telling their story, one shouting in a gruff voice, others in a more feminine voice. It was really fantastic.
The ending was also really fun, I loved that Duncan did that and that this was his solution, it was the perfect solution. I hope that everyone is now happy, and that they stay around Duncan for a long time.
I saw this one will also get a second book, this time about some lesser-known crayon colours, and I can say that I am really curious how that will be done. I hope it won’t be exactly the same book as this one, just with different colours.
Would I recommend these books? Yes, yes I would. Children will love it, it is educational (learn your colours), it is fun (because even though they are problems, they are funny), and the art is really accessible. It is something that will speak to a child.
Of course, adults will also love it, for nostalgia, because we all know how we used our crayons and this book might just spark some memories back.