Both Marshmallow and Caramel loved The Day The Crayons Quit, written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. They also very much enjoyed reading The Day The Crayons Came Home. Unfortunately, neither of them had gotten around to reviewing either of the books for the book bunnies blog. But the crayons are forgotten no more! Today Caramel reviews the third book in this amusing series: The Crayons’ Christmas. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, what is this book about?
Caramel: This book is about the crayons in Duncan’s house and a candy cane that wants desperately to be eaten.
S: Wait, you need to tell our readers who Duncan is.
C: Duncan is a boy. We read about him in the other crayons books. The crayons are his.
S: So what about this candy cane? Why does it want to get eaten?
C: Because it is extremely old and it is supposed to be eaten, not put on Christmas trees!
S: So it wants to live the life it is meant to live in some sense, right?
C: Sort of.
S: So what happens in this book?
C: It’s Christmas time, and the crayons keep on getting postcards, or boxes, or games.
S: Kind of like you, right? You got this book for Christmas.
C: Yes, I did. I was so happy to get my paws on another book!
S: This is not just a book, though, right? The letters and such for the crayons are all on separate pages, inside envelopes. And you get to open them and read the cards inside.
C: Yes. It’s awesome! It is really fun to read the cards. And there is even a game in one of the packages.
S: What is it called?
C: Let me see. Ok, I found it. It’s called The Great Crayon Race.
S: Did you play it yet?
C: No. Can we play it today?
S: Maybe. Right after we finish the post.
S: Do you think this was a good Christmas gift?
C: Yes. It’s a nice book, and if you have lots of crayons, then it is fun to think of them as people.
S: Yes, people with distinct characters. And strange things have happened to them in the earlier books.
C: Yes, for example the peach crayon is naked because Duncan pulled off his wrapper. And in this one, the peach crayon receives a card from his mom, and she writes “Oh Peachy-Pie! You always were my shy one, so I’ve sent you some clothes! Now you can give Duncan back his underwear! Have fun playing dress-up, my naked baby, and Merry Christmas! Love, Mom.”
S: That is funny! And it is neat that the threads from the other books come up here too.
C: Yes. The orange crayon and the yellow crayon are still fighting in this book too!
S: That is funny too! Ok, maybe it is time to wrap this up?
C: Sure. Stay tuned for more book bunnies adventures!