‘The Day the Crayons Came Home’ by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

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Rating: 4 1/2 stars

They’re back! The crayons with their complaints and grumbling are at it again in “The Day the Crayons Came Home,” the sequel to (as noted on the front cover!) the #1 bestselling “The Day the Crayons Quit.” These new crayons are just as hilarious, just as individual, and just as colorful as those characters in the first book.

Pea Green is sick of his name. “No one likes peas,” he complains. He decides to change his name to Esteban…the Magnificent (the crayon formerly known as Pea Green) and run away to see the world. Each color does not just appear once, as in the first book. Their postcards track their adventures around the world, all of them on their way home. Some, like Maroon, are as close as the living room couch. Others, like Neon Red Crayon, were left behind on vacation and must make their way home. And then there is Pea Green, who wants to leave but thinks better of it.

The humor and the illustrations will make children laugh. But they will also appeal to the adults who may be reading the book aloud to kids. Who would not chuckle when Neon Red Crayon explains how Duncan used him to color in his Dad’s sunburn during a vacation, only to drop him when they left, stranding him near the pool at their motel. He comments, “How could you miss me?” How, indeed, could one miss Neon Red? Poor fella.

Kids will roll on the floor with laughter when they read about Tan (or possibly Burnt Sienna) Crayon. He has been through the horrors of a dog’s stomach, thrown up on the rug, and is now covered in all kinds of schmutz.

The closings are also clever. Maroon crayon signs “Your marooned crayon” and others write “Your not-so-sunny friend,” and best of all “Your undigestible friend.” These books are a great way to teach letter writing skills. One activity kids would love is for them to look in their crayon box and create their own version of Daywalt’s book. Geography skills would be enhanced by having students plot a way for the crayons to return to them, including the sights they would see on the way home.

Great series! Great addition to any classroom or child’s library. This will become a classic just like the first book. And probably, a #1 bestselling book.

Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by Philomel Books for review purposes.