Drew Daywalt (text) & Oliver Jeffers (artwork)
(HarperCollins Children’s Books)
The crayons from The Day the Crayons Quit (winner of the 2014 Red House Children’s Book Award) have had a change of heart and after their wild (or not so wild) adventures, they are desperate to get back to Duncan, despite his rather indifferent behaviour towards them. So Duncan begins to receive postcards from far and wide (or so it seems) telling him their lives on the travels and their hope to get home to his room. Will Duncan begin to feel a tinge of guilt at last?
Who knew crayons could have such personalities? Both text and artwork marry beautifully to create a tale which is bursting with riotous fun, vibrant colours (including a glow in the dark drawing!) and one reflection or two about how every one is different and we should all be a bit more mindful of others’ feelings. The marvelous finale is wonderfully satisfying and, like the rest of the book, will undoubtedly inspire bursts of creativity for its readers.
source: review copy from publisher