The Story Speaks For Itself: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (illustrated by Oliver Jeffers)

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Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit! Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring 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.  What is Duncan to do? Debut author Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers create a colorful solution in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing and adults smiling.One day in class, Duncan went to take out his crayons and found a stack of letters with his name on them.

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Red Crayon

Hey Duncan, It’s me, RED Crayon. WE NEED to talk. You make me work harder than any of your other crayons. All year long I wear myself out colouring FIRE ENGINES, Apples, strawberries and EVERYTHING ELSE that’s RED. I even work on Holidays! I have to colour all the Santa’s at Christmas and all the Hearts on Valentine ’s Day! I NEED A REST!

Your overworked friend, RED Crayon.

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Purple Crayon

Dear Duncan, All right, LISTEN. I love that I’m your favourite crayon for grapes, dragons, and wizard’s hats, but it makes me crazy that so much of my gorgeous colour goes outside the lines. If you DON’T START COLORING INSIDE the lines soon … I’m going to COMPLETELY LOSE IT.

Your very neat friend, Purple Crayon

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Beige Crayon

Dear Duncan, I’m tired of being called “light brown” or “Dark tan” because I am neither. I am BEIGE and I am proud. I’m also tired of being second place to Mr. Brown Crayon. It’s not fair that Brown gets all the bears, ponies and puppies while the only things I get are turkey dinners (if I’m lucky) and wheat, and let’s be honest–when was the last time you saw a kid excited about colouring wheat?

Your BEIGE friend, Beige Crayon

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Gray Crayon

Duncan, GRAY Crayon here. You’re KILLING ME! I know you love Elephants and I know that elephants are gay… but that’s a LOT of space to colour in all by myself. And don’t even get me started on your rhinos, hippos and HUMPBACK WHALES… you know how tired I am after handling one of those big things? Such BIG animals… baby penguins are gray, you know. So are very tiny rocks. Pebbles. How about one of those once in a while to give me a break?

Your very tired friend, Gray Crayon

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White Crayon

Dear Duncan, You colour with me, but why? Most of the time I’m the same colour as the page you are using me on–WHITE. If I didn’t have a black outline, you wouldn’t even know I was THERE! I’m not even in the rainbow. I’m only used to colour SNOW or to fill in empty space between other things. And it leaves me feeling… well… empty. We need to talk.

Your empty friend, White Crayon

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Black Crayon

Hi, Duncan, I HATE being used to draw the outline of things… … things that are coloured in by other colours, all of which think they’re brighter than me! It’s NOT FAIR when you use me to draw a nice beach ball and then fill in the colours of the ball with ALL THE OTHER CRAYONS. How about a BLACK Beach ball sometime? Is that too much to ask?

Your Friend, Black Crayon

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Green Crayon

Dear Duncan, As Green Crayon, I am writing for two reasons. One is to say that I like my workloads of crocodiles, trees, dinosaurs, and frogs. I have no problem and wish to congratulate you on a very successful “colouring things Green” career so far. The second reason I write is for my friends, Yellow Crayon and Orange Crayon, who are no longer speaking to each other. Both crayons feel THEY should be the colour of the sun. Please settle this soon because they’re driving the rest of us CRAZY!

Your happy friend, Green Crayon

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Yellow Crayon

Dear Duncan, Yellow Crayon here. I need you to tell orange crayon that I am the colour of the sun. I would tell him but we are no longer speaking. And I can PROVE I’m the colour of the sun too! Last Tuesday, you used me to colour in the sun on your “HAPPY FARM” colouring book. In case you’ve forgotten, it’s on page 7. You CAN’T MISS me. I’m shining down brilliantly on a field of YELLOW corn!

Your pal (and the true colour of the sun), Yellow Crayon

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Orange Crayon

Dear Duncan, I see Yellow Crayon already talked to you, the BIG WHINER. Anyway, could you please tell Mr. Tattletale that he IS NOT the colour of the sun? I would, but we are no longer speaking. We both know that I am clearly the colour of the SUN because, on Thursday, you used me to colour the sun on BOTH the “monkey island” and the “Meet the Zookeeper” pages in your “DAY AT THE ZOO” colouring book. Orange you glad I’m here? Ha!

Your pal (and the real colour of the sun), Orange Crayon

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Blue Crayon

Dear DUNCAN, It has been great being your FAVORITE colour this PAST Year. And the Year before THAT! I have really enjoyed all those OCEANS, LAKES, Rivers, raindrops, rain CLOUDS and CLEAR skies. But the BAD NEWS is that I am so short and stubby, I can’t even see over the railing in the CRAYON BOX anymore! I need a BREAK!

Your very stubby friend. Blue Crayon

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Pink Crayon

Duncan, Okay, LISTEN HERE, KID! You have not used me ONCE in the past year. It’s because you think I am a GIRLS’ colour, isn’t it? Speaking of which, please tell your little sister I said thank you for using me to colour in her “Little Princess” colouring book. I think she did a fabulous job of staying inside the lines! Now, back to us. Could you PLEASE use me sometime to colour the occasional PINK Dinosaur or MONSTER or Cowboy? Goodness knows they could use a splash of colour.

Your unused friend, Pink Crayon

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Peach Crayon

It’s me, PEACH CRAYON. WHY did you peel off my paper wrapping?? Now I’m NAKED and too embarrassed to leave the crayon box. I don’t even have any underwear! How would you like to go to school naked? I need some clothes. HELP!

Your naked friend, PEACH Crayon.

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Poor Duncan just wanted to colour and of course he wanted his crayons to be happy. And that gave him an idea! When Duncan showed his teacher the new picture, she gave him an ‘A’ for colouring….

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and an ‘A+’ for creativity.

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Compiled by:

Arjita Bhan

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