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Thursday, December 17, 2015

12 Days of Picture Books: The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt

HI guys and gals!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're still kicking it with the fabulous folks from Penguin Young Readers as we help to close out a very special holiday promotion...

...the 12 Days of Picture Books!  If you didn't already know, it stars 12 fabulous Picture Book titles from their recent catalog additions that would make a sweet addition to anyone's holiday reading, or shopping list.  I've actually featured a few of the titles here over the past several weeks and honestly, I've enjoyed every minute of it.

This is the 12th and final day of the official celebration but don't let that stop you from indulging in the featured titles as well as the myriad of wonderful options out there just waiting to be enjoyed.  Now, back to the story at hand.  This book and the story's delivery reminded me of a childhood favorite, The Jolly Postman.  If you haven't had the pleasure of reading it, you should's delightful!  Anywho, it's a story about a postman delivering mail to fairy tale favorites complete with pull out letters, pound notes, and more.  Though not the same to that extent, it does share an aspect of it and that my friends would have been enough to draw me in, but there was SO much more!  Ladies and gents, children of all ages, please join me as we welcome today's book of choice...

The Day the Crayons Came Home
Drew Daywalt
Illustrated by
Oliver Jeffers
Philomel Books

This is the story of Duncan and his crayons.  You see, like most children his age (oh, who are we kidding...of any age!), he liked nothing more than to wile away an afternoon surrounded by pictures to color and the colorful waxy tools to color them.  All those beautiful colors, so many options to choose from.  With the right choice, the sky turns blue, the sea green, and the sun yellow...but wait a minute.  Yellow seems to be does Maroon, Pea Green, and several others.  Hmm...where do you suppose they got off to?  That my friends is exactly where the REAL fun of this Picture Book adventure begins.

Though the tale of Duncan's long lost crayons, it's not just a telling of where they were lost, or which colors they were.  As the title implies, it tells how they CAME HOME and the way their stories are conveyed is a smile-worthy work of art.  From Paperclip's heroic rescue of Maroon from the couch to Brown's courageous journey through man's best friend (don't ask...*-*), from Pea Green's desire to find himself as well as a more likable name to the shared fate of Yellow and Orange as they stick together (quite literally), there's a tale to be told by each and until their reunion, the post will have to tell it for them.  That's right.  The post as in postal mail because believe it or not, they send Duncan their love and hope for rescue through POSTCARDS complete with pictures of their current location and a few artful illustrations along the way.  Though all were noteworthy, I'd say my favorite would have to be Neon Red and her long journey back across the seas, ice, desert...okay, so perhaps a lack of direction aided in her lengthy tale, but it was memorable nonetheless, as was the final outcome of all the crayons journeys!

All in all, a surprising treat for readers of all ages that is sure to delight, intrigue, and let the imagination run wild.  Also, it might remind those with their own box of 72 colors to be a bit more careful with exactly where they leave them once done for the day.  *ahem*  Oh and don't miss Glow-in-the-dark Crayon's page for an extra special treat!


Special thanks to Rachel at Penguin Young Readers for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the illustrator, the full tour, or the publisher's ever growing catalog, be sure to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now via Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Need some ideas on what to give the readers in your life this holiday season?  Stop by the Penguin Young Readers Holiday Gift Guide to find the perfect gift and don't forget to stop by their FACEBOOK PAGE to enter to win some of the titles featured on the tour!

Until next time...happy reading!


Felicity Grace Terry said...

Whilst I still love colouring books - something much more acceptable now we have colouring books for 'grown up's? - I don't like crayons. Something I could perhaps change by reading this book which sounds really sweet.

Unknown said...

What a lovely refreshing book wonderful idea and take on everyone's favorite crayons as always a sterling review by Gina

Unknown said...

Tracy, you should try coloring with markers (fine point tips). I've been coloring for the past year on those beautiful adult coloring books and they are fantastic. Great for relieving stress, and quite fun! :)

Yanting Gueh said...

I saw this book at my library on my last visit. Will check if it's still available and pick it up next week! I do love Oliver Jeffers's work!

DMS said...

I read The Day the Crayons Quit, but I haven't read this one. It sounds great too! I really enjoy your review. :)

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