Lit-urday: The Day the Crayons Came Home: Children’s author Drew Daywalt colors BookPeople Sunday – Arts

Children’s author Drew Daywalt colors BookPeople Sunday

I don’t specifically remember expressing the fate of my crayons, but I was one of those kids who personified every plastic dinosaur, every trinket, every doll (almost all were named Bob).

As a parent now, I see and hear these unexpected imaginative moments coming from my son’s bedroom, and they’re usually both sentimental and hilarious, often filled with remarkable observations. Sometimes Wonder Woman saves the day (and the boys); sometimes a plastic lion figure conveys to his pride the chilling truth of impending stormtroopers. Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers‘ the sequel to a massive best-seller The day the pencils stopped is like a snapshot of those childhood voiceovers, and it certainly lives up to the international hype – for parents and kids alike. In the words of my 6 year old son,The day the crayons came home It’s hilarious too!”

Most of us are pretty haphazard with our pencils. These pleas and confessions, these perspectives on abandonment, self-esteem, friendship and wanderlust just might give us pause as we throw away old art supplies…and listen to the kids’ playtime. . The new book, perfect for just about any age, retains its central human character, Duncan; its pencil-written postcard format once again presents the stories of pencils gone mad. These colorful and anthropomorphic beings really want to fit in their box. Daywalt takes the argumentative thread of the yellow and orange crayon (their story took a sunny turn) and introduces new colors like geographically contested neon red and pea green… who will henceforth be known as Esteban the Magnificent. Gold Crayon stands up for her rights and Tan (“or maybe Burnt Sienna?”) went through hell and back thanks to the dog. Witty, creative and visually engaging – with a special glow-in-the-dark design! – this book is another home run from Daywalt and Jeffers. Bonus: Laugh Out Prose presents a great opportunity for parents looking to boost their reading aloud skills.

The day the crayons came home

by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

Books by Philomel, $18.99

Drew Daywalt will read and sign copies of The day the crayons came home Sunday, September 13, 2 p.m., at BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar. For more information, visit the BookPeople website.

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