Rating: 5 stars
This book is getting a whole lotta hype.
And for good reason. It is super clever, makes you (yes, you--even grown ups) giggle, and has applaud-worthy illustrations. Seriously, every time I page through it I just want to put the book down and clap. Bravo, Drew Daywalt! Bravo, Oliver Jeffers! After Rosie Revere, Engineer, this is my second favorite book of 2013.
Here's the fun story: A boy named Duncan reaches for his dependable box of crayons, but instead of the box he finds a stack of letters. Each letter is written by a different color. Each one tells his or her own story, told in that crayon's unique "voice."
|"Dear Duncan, Green Crayon here. I like my work..."|
Or take Lorelei's favorite color and Duncan's least favorite color, pink. Pink is tired of being looked over. She challenges Duncan to use her to color the occasional dinosaur or monster or cowboy PINK. That would be fun and different! (She also compliments Duncan's sister on her superb coloring between the lines when Duncan's sister borrowed her to color in an princess.)
|"When Duncan shows his teacher his new picture,|
he gave him an A for coloring..."
The book ends with Duncan incorporating ALL the colors into one fantastic illustration-coloring. All of the colors are included, their requests have been granted, even Black's desire for a black rainbow once in a while. Wonderfully silly, right?
I've got to say it again: Bravo, Drew Daywalt! Bravo, Oliver Jeffers! Wonderful job.