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Library: ‘The Day
the Crayons Came Home’

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Evelyn Hollenshead is a librarian at the AADL.

Evelyn Hollenshead is a librarian at the AADL.

If your kid loved “The Day the Crayons Quit” — and it seems like almost every kid on the planet did — check out the new companion book, “The Day the Crayons Came Home,” by collaborators Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers.

Jeffers’ amazing illustrations drew me to “The Day the Crayons Quit,” but the text in this new book really shines. The illustrations are still wonderful, and Daywalt’s story is sharper and funnier than the first book. In “The Day the Crayons Came Home,” each crayon has written their owner a postcard telling the sad story of where they have been and what they are doing. I won’t ruin any surprises, but each crayon’s story is sillier than the last. Particularly funny is Neon Red Crayon’s journey through the world. He’s a little confused on geography — he reports riding a camel through the deserts of New Jersey — but he has a great trip. And, of course, all of the crayons get a happy ending.

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