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The Day the Crayons Quit & Came Home Set

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Author: Drew Daywalt

Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers


The Day the Crayons Quit

When Duncan finds a stack of letters in his crayon box at school, he’s surprised to discover that the letters are from the crayons – who have all quit! Red crayon complains that he’s tired of drawing fire engines, apples, and all the hearts and Santas for the holidays. Purple is tired of him drawing outside the line. Gray is worn out having to color in those giant elephants. Black doesn’t like just being used to outline stuff. Blue loves being a favorite, but is worn down to a stub. Orange and Yellow are fighting over who should be used as the color of the sun, and pink is upset because Duncan never uses him. What is Duncan to do?

The Day the Crayons Came Home

I'm not sure what it is about this kid Duncan, but his crayons sure are a colorful bunch of characters! 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 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.