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The Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Daywalt

The Day the Crayons Quit

By: Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)


Published: 1st August 2014
For Ages: 3 - 6 years old
In Stock. Ships today or next business day from Australia
RRP $14.99

Poor Duncan just wants to colour in. But when he opens his box of crayons, he only finds letters, all saying the same thing: We quit! Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown, Blue needs a break from colouring in all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other. The battle lines have been drawn. What is Duncan to do?

About the Author

Drew Daywalt is an award-winning writer/director of film and TV, his work featured on Disney, MTV, FEARnet and Syfy. He lives in Southern California. Oliver Jeffers graduated from The University of Ulster in 2001 with First Class honours. His outstanding talent has been recognised by several high-profile awards, including the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize Gold Award. ‘Lost and Found’ animation was broadcast on Channel 4. Oliver lives and works in Brookyln, New York.


Great Book


A fun book which gives a child's crayons personality. It goes through the different colours of the crayons showing how the child would use each colour to make a relevant image to his book. Each coloured crayon has a message in letter form for the child, challenging the boy Duncan in how he uses them. Even the ones not used so much have their say. Ages four to seven I would think.


Excellent service as always from Booktopia.


Book is for my grandchildren - recommended by a friend. Excellent service and delivery from Booktopia as always. Thoroughly recommended.


Slow story


My children didn't find this book interesting at all

South Australia

It's a Favourite Book


I've bought this for a gift, based on my grand-daughter's recommendation.



Fun, but my 3 year old isn't convinced!


My 2nd grader recommended this, saying it was Awesome and her 3 year old brother would love it. However he was a bit blah about it. Maybe when he is 4? It does seem like a fun book.

Sydney, Australia


Clever and funny! Great for ages 4-10 and adults


Clever and funny! Great for ages 4-10 and adults Affordable

Melbourne Australia


My young granddaughters loved me reading it to them.


I love having a shelf of books to read with my grandchildren.

Brisbane, Aldi


Great for class writing letters activities


I used this for year 2 class, great for writing letters .

Kellyville, Sydney, Australia


Good reading


Purchased book based on review. Good book but a little bit hard to understand for younger kids.



Great imaginative read


This book is very imaginative. Quite long for a kids book so better for older readers, I would say 4+. My younger kids - 2 and 3 get a bit over it because its long. But its a great original story.



The Day the Crayons Quit

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Praise for The Day the Crayons Quit: "Hilarious picture book brilliance..." Books for Keeps "It's funny, clever and pushes kids' creativity." The Telegraph "...stunning illustrations" Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian Praise for This Moose Belongs to Me:`As ever, Jeffers's illustrations delight, inspire and surprise with their variety and ingenuity.' The Guardian Praise for Stuck:`Brilliantly silly' - The Telegraph Praise for The Incredible Book Eating Boy:`Mouth-wateringly irresistible' The Guardian Praise for Stuck:`Brilliantly silly' - The Telegraph Praise for The Incredible Book Eating Boy:`Mouth-wateringly irresistible' The Guardian

Oliver Jeffers

Born in Western Australia, raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland and now currently residing in Brooklyn, New York.

Oliver Jeffers makes art.

From figurative painting and installation to illustration and picture-book making, his work has been exhibited in New York, Dublin, London, Sydney, Washington DC, Belfast and elsewhere.

A co-founder of the art collective OAR, their exhibitions include 9 days in Belfast, book and the award winning BUILDING. Illustration clients include Orange UK, Lavazza, Sony PSP, RCA Records, Starbucks, Candy, the Vacuum and Her Royal Majesty the Queen of England. HarperCollins UK and Penguin USA publish his picture books, including the award-winning Lost and Found and The Incredible Book Eating Boy.

There has always been a strong undercurrent of narrative behind Jeffers's work, but his current interest in making art lies in the anomaly between logical and emotional thinking.

While striving to find a harmonious balance between form and content, Jeffers is curious about the opposing means by which the world he lives in can be assessed. To explore this he has been drawing parallels between the arts and sciences, as in his recent solo show, Additional Information (exhibited December 2006, in Hill St Belfast), in which figurative oil paintings were over laid with mathematical equations.

Visit Oliver Jeffers's Booktopia Author Page

ISBN: 9780007513765
ISBN-10: 0007513763
Audience: Children
For Ages: 3 - 6 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 40
Published: 1st August 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.1 x 25.2  x 0.6
Weight (kg): 0.24