Why I Love This Book
This story has a very interesting backstory.
This was the author, Drew Dewalt's very first picture book title. Prior to this, he'd written dialogue for television and movies. One day while sitting at his desk waiting for the ideas to come, he caught site of an old pack of crayons. He dumped the crayons out and waited for each of them to tell their story. He decided to put his dialogue skills to use and give each crayon a personality... and that's how this book came to life!
BTW- He saved those crayons as a reminder of this first book.
Dewalt is also the author of one of my favorite children's books that I think adults may enjoy just as much as kids. The title is The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors (2020). I'm not lying when I say that I laugh out loud every time I read this book.
However, Drew Dewalt has created a total of "Crayons Books" each one just as funny as another. He has a gift for writing books that provide the adults reading will get a chuckle or two. My favorite line is on the page that contains the complaint letter from the gray crayon.
"Gray crayon here. You're killing me! I know you love elephants and I know that elephants are gray... but that's a lot of space to color in all by myself! Don't get me started on the rhinos, hippos, and humpback whales. You know how tired I am after handling one of those things?"
Other titles in the "Crayons" series include
The Day the Crayons Came Home (2015)
The Crayons' Book of Numbers (2016)
The Crayons' Book of Colors (2016)
Love from the Crayons (2019)
Green is for Christmas (2022)
This book offers multiple opportunities for learning that go far beyond what's printed on the page or seen in the illustrations. Here's a small sample:
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One Great Story
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"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald