I love the cover of this month’s The Horn Book Magazine so much that I had to take a picture of it amongst my latest library craft. Craft for me being a jar wrapped with ribbon stuffed with pencils so the older kids can fill out their own library check out cards. The cover art is from the book Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell. That’s Jane Goodall and her monkey, Jubilee. Come on. She has a monkey named Jubilee! This book is going on the library list for that reason alone.
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt is another book I would love to buy for the library should my plans for a money tree come to fruition. I bought it last week for Nico and he loved it so much he had me read it slowly so he could carefully examine every page and compare it with the text as I read. Mikey was doing homework alongside us and finally ended up curling up next to Nico to listen to the story of Duncan and his unhappy crayons.
Duncan’s crayons are so unhappy, they go on strike. The illustrations kill me. Their skinny little crayon legs! (And eyebrows! And arms! And little fists holding signs and Mr. Green’s criss-crosssed feet!)
The crayons all band together and put their frustrations in writing. Each letter of complaint is better than the next. I had to share a few of my favorites, which favored adult humor. Mikey and Nico had their own favorites.
I’m tired of being called “light brown” or “Dark tan” because I am neither. I am BEIGE and I am proud. I’m also tired of being second place to Mr. Brown Crayon. It’s not fair that Brown gets all the bears, ponies and puppies while the only things I get are turkey dinners (if I’m lucky) and wheat, and let’s be honest–when was the last time you saw a kid excited about coloring wheat?
Your BEIGE friend,
You color with me, but why? Most of the time I’m the same color as the page you are using me on–WHITE. If I didn’t have a black outline, you wouldn’t even know I was THERE! I’m not even in the rainbow. I’m only used to color SNOW or to fill in empty space between other things. And it leaves me feeling…well…empty. We need to talk.
Your empty friend,
All right, LISTEN.
I love that I’m your favorite crayon for grapes, dragons, and wizard’s hats, but it makes me crazy that so much of my gorgeous color goes outside the lines. If you DON’T START COLORING INSIDE the lines soon…I’m going to COMPLETELY LOSE IT.
Your very neat friend,
The beige crayon is emo, the white crayon disappears (in the white space!), and the purple crayon has a strong brow of disdain. I want to be friends with Duncan’s crayons.
I won’t spoil the ending, but it’s a children’s book. You can assume Duncan doesn’t go on to live in a colorless world. They reach an understanding.
This post is a little silly. I’m not a review blog! But we really enjoyed this book and, to be honest, you have no idea how many children’s, middle school, and young adult books I’ve been reading lately to get myself up to speed with these kids. It’s all I have to talk about! All my years of poo-pooing young adult literature? Hahahaha! Who’s enjoying a slice of humble pie with a side of Origami Yoda now?
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