Although I’m no expert, I personally consider this to be the best children’s book of 2013. It is extraordinarily creative and laugh-out-loud funny for children and adults. When young Duncan reaches inside his crayon box, he finds instead, a stack of letters. Red and blue are overworked in comparison to the others, orange and yellow can’t agree on which of them should get to color the sun, and pink and beige have become bored because they’re always left in the box. In the end, Duncan comes up with a solution to make all the crayons happy.
This book can be used with kids of all ages. It can help younger ones with colors, and encourages them to “think outside the box” with their artistic expression and imaginations. While in older children, it can help them learn about letter writing, opinions, and how to express a point of view.
Daywalt’s writing is matched by the wonderful illustrations by Oliver Jeffers. If you enjoy his illustrations, I would encourage to also read This Moose Belongs to Me and to watch this short video about his work in this book.