The Day the Crayons Came Home

by Drew Daywalt

Other authorsOliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2015

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Philomel Books (2015), Edition: Illustrated, 48 pages


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.

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LibraryThing member melissarochelle
Read on September 08, 2015

My new favorite color is Esteban the Magnificent. It looks kind of (exactly) like pea green, but no one likes peas!

This is a fantastic follow-up to the laugh-out-loud funny The Day the Crayons Quit! Great tales of the left behind crayons -- some left outside to melt,
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others lost in the couch, and at least one left behind at a hotel.
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LibraryThing member Miriahharrison
This books is about a boy named Ducan who receives a set of postcards from his crayons who have been lost or forgotten about. It goes about the colors talking about why people don't like them such as the pea green.The crayons talk about how sad they are because they feel left behind. They talk
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about personal stories that each crayon has gone through.For example, the turquoise crayon got his head stuck to a sock because he ended up in the dryer. The illiustrations look like a child could have drawn them on some of the pages but they are really realistic.
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LibraryThing member Whisper1
The sequel to The Day The Crayons Quit, is very disappointing. While the first book was marvelous with laugh out loud moments and high marks for creativity, this second book falls flat and a smashed crayon found in the sofa cushions.

Basically, the crayons grow weary of their locale and plead with
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their owner to allow they to return. Told in a series of post cards, and images of traumatic things that occurred during their trek to find someone who appreciated them, some pages are cute, some are creative, but, most lack creativity. The box of crayons no longer have a colorful story to tell.
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LibraryThing member KaylaAnn715
Oh how we all waited for this book to come out! This book is the opposite tale of The Day the Crayons Quit. This book tells a story about crayons who desperately want to be rescued. Crayons that get wedged under the seat cushion, pea green who ran away because no one likes to draw peas, and other
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crayons who want to come home. Such a cute story following up the classic tale of The Day the Crayons Quit.
Genre: Fantasy
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LibraryThing member JPEmmrich5
This is a delightful story told in postcards from the point of view of lost crayons! Creative, original and silly, this book was so much fun to read. I loved each crayons story of where they had been and a look back on fun times they were lost or forgotten and pleading to come home.

Great book!
LibraryThing member kaulsu
Crayons crayons always had the craziest colors! Bur either their were too many to cram into the box, or some got lost. Where did they go? Evidently, some went skiing.

This is the sequel to _The Day the Crayons Quit_
LibraryThing member npetzold
The crayons in the story write postcards to Duncan describing with goofy, fun details about where they currently are and why after being misplaced by their owner. Some of the crayons send multiple postcards from different countries, states and even rooms in the house, creating an ongoing narrative
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of their adventures home.
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LibraryThing member nbmars
It’s difficult not to be awed by the talent and originality of this team.

This epistolary story is a follow-up to the wonderful book The Day the Crayons Quit, in which Duncan’s crayons wrote him letters of complaint about the uses to which they had been put.

In this hilarious sequel, Duncan
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receives a stack of postcards from crayons no longer in the crayon box.

There is a note, for example, from Maroon Crayon, lost two years earlier in the couch. Big Chunky Toddler Crayon writes to complain that he can’t take Duncan’s baby brother anymore (who has bitten of the top of the crayon’s head, put it in the cat’s nose, etc.) and wants to be rescued. Yellow and Orange were left outside and can’t stand being all melted; they want to be brought inside; Neon Red Crayon was left by a hotel pool; and Burnt Sienna was eaten by the dog and puked up on the rug. (Burnt Sienna signs the postcard: “Your Undigestible Friend.”)

Duncan wanted to make all his crayons happy, so he created a Crayon Fort “where each crayon would always feel at home.”

The book contains welcome messages concerning the efficacy of protesting about ill treatment; examining feelings from someone else’s point of view; and just “thinking outside the box” generally.

The crayon-style drawings and collage illustrations by Oliver Jeffers complement the text perfectly. The letters from the crayons are rendered in a whimsical font on the backs of postcards (sometimes the fronts are shown as well, and they are very funny also), and even the stamps and postmarks are quite amusing. All of the pictures look as if they were colored by a kid.

Evaluation: Again, as with the previous book, I thought the writing by the crayons was beyond clever and witty, and the artwork is outstanding. Both kids and adults will giggle their way through this story, which offers some important messages in addition to being just a lot of fun.
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LibraryThing member mirikayla
Quite funny, but I think the novelty was what made the first one so brilliant.
LibraryThing member sweetiegherkin
While coloring one day, Duncan receives a stack of postcards from various crayons that were lost or left behind over time. Each one asks for a chance to be reclaimed or rescued to the safety of the crayon box once more.

The sequel to The Day the Crayons Quit is just as funny and smart as the
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original. The colors are a little more advanced here (e.g., maroon instead of red), which could be a helpful learning tool for young children. However, as with the original, the humor of the book is what carries the day. Kids will absolutely love hearing it and adults should have fun with all the voices they can try out with this book. (My particular favorite is the geographically clueless Neon Red Crayon.) Once again, children can also hear about a range of emotions through this book, which can help them with identifying their own various feelings.

The illustrations do a great job of conveying the text and add comedic effects. The hand-drawn letters are a nice touch that really brings everything together.

I highly recommend this book as an entertaining read to share with the young ones in your life. It could also be used in a classroom setting when talking about emotions or colors.
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LibraryThing member brynnschaal
This book is not as funny as the "The Day the Crayons Quit," but I still enjoyed it and laughed. The story line is like the other book, loaded with witty and playful ideas. This story like the other, could be used in teaching about point of view or perspective. The strong ideas may inspire some
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writing from students too. The illustrations really enhance this book too, adding so many more details to pay attention to and appreciate.
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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
In this amusing follow-up to their initial collaboration, The Day the Crayons Quit, author Drew Daywalt and illustrator Oliver Jeffers return to the theme of discontented crayons who communicate their complaints to their young owner by means of notes. In this collection, we have a number of crayons
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who have gone missing or been abandoned, and who want to be returned to their home. From the geographically confused Neon Red, who imagines he is in New Jersey whilst seeing the pyramids at Giza, to Orange and Yellow, who argued in the first title about which should be the color of the sun, only to find themselves melted together by the heat of that heavenly body, the crayons here just want to come back to the crayon box. All, that is, save Pea Green (AKA Esteban the Magnificent), who decides to embark on an adventure of his own...

Like its predecessor, is a humorous look at a group of crayons and their various misadventures. These crayons communicate with Duncan via postcards, and their experiences reflect the fact that children are not always very careful with their belongings, and that those belongings sometimes end up in odd places, and in rather poor condition. My favorite of the lot was Esteban, whose multiple postcards to Duncan punctuate the other crayons' missives, and follow him on his (very short) effort at independence. The artwork here, again like its predecessor, is not a personal favorite, aesthetically speaking, but matches the tale to perfection, capturing the 'scribbly' feeling of a child's own first coloring and drawing attempts. Recommended to anyone who enjoyed the first picture-book about the crayons, or to those looking for children's stories with a good sense of fun and humor.
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LibraryThing member Davis22
A fun and innovative tale about estranged crayons from a young boys past that conspire to return, in various stages of disarray while others plot to leave the playroom and go out to see the world. All told through postcard perspectives of the crayons themselves!
LibraryThing member eearly15
Genius! The fantasy story told by crayons writing to its child owner, and complaining how they have been abandoned in different places such as the couch. A very funny way to present these beautiful combination of crayon drawings and for teaching children about writing letters and postcards.
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Definitely a fantasy, where crayons travel around the world, even thought, the settings for misplacing the crayons are real setting and possible situations.
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LibraryThing member SatinaJensen
A collection of letters from crayons to their owner, Duncan. Giving reasons they are sad and want Duncan to come find them and bring them home.
LibraryThing member melodyreads
For BIG kids - maybe 4th grade ... lots of hidden jokes,
LibraryThing member LeslieMuir
This is the second half of the story, The Day the Crayons Quit, when all of Duncan's crayons write personal letters to him describing why they are coming back to him and their journeys home. The artwork is still in the same style and very humorously child-like, but the story isn't very imaginative.
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I read this book aloud to my class because I was such a fan of the first one, but I realized half way through that this book seemed long, un-ending and slightly unimaginative compared to the very original premise of the first one.
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LibraryThing member Mimarler
A cute follow up the The Day the Crayons Quit, showing showing some other crayons that are missing or lost and want to be found.
LibraryThing member Lilly.Reid
Duncan has lost all of his crayons! Some have been melted, left on vacation, or eaten by the dog! Read the whole story to see how Duncan's crayons got lost, and how they make it back home.
LibraryThing member childrenslitpdx
This is a sequel to The Day The Crayons Quit, and is as hilarious as the first book. In it, Duncan's lost, left behind, or forgotten crayons are writing him postcards telling him where they are so that he can come find them. In the postcards, the crayons give great detail into what has happened to
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them since Duncan has last seen them. The best part, I believe, are the multiple postcards that Neon Red Crayon is sending Duncan, with completely inaccurate descriptions of where he is (riding a camel through New Jersey, with pyramids in the background).
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LibraryThing member lissabeth21
Still cute, but not nearly as good as the first crayons book. I was kind of partial to Eduardo the Magnificent.
LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
The companion to the #1 blockbuster bestseller, "The Day the Crayons Quit!" Having soothed the hurt feelings of one group who threatened to quit, Duncan now faces a whole new group of crayons asking to be rescued. From Maroon Crayon, who was lost beneath the sofa cushions and then broken in two
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after Dad sat on him; to poor Turquoise, whose head is now stuck to one of Duncan's stinky socks after they both ended up in the dryer together; to Pea Green, who knows darn well that no kid likes peas and who ran away—each and every crayon has a woeful tale to tell and a plea to be brought home to the crayon box.
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LibraryThing member mortloff
A funny and delightful story that goes with the first crayon book by Daywalt. Great illustrations as well.
LibraryThing member nevong
I loved when the crayon wrote Duncan that he was on a camel in NJ when he was actually in Egypt. I know it's supposed to be a children's book but these books had me laughing so hard they brightened my day.
LibraryThing member rainablu
this book is a collection of postcards written to Duncan from his forgotten crayons. The crayon explains to Duncan where he left them and the fun adventures the crayon misses




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