New at the Library
Author: Drew Daywalt – Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
I’m not sure what it is about this kid Duncan, but his crayons sure are a colorful bunch of characters! Having soothed the hurt feelings of one group who threatened to quit, Duncan now faces a whole new group of crayons asking to be rescued. From Maroon Crayon, who was lost beneath the sofa cushions and then broken in two after Dad sat on him; to poor Turquoise, whose head is now stuck to one of Duncan’s stinky socks after they both ended up in the dryer together; to Pea Green, who knows darn well that no kid likes peas and who ran away—each and every crayon has a woeful tale to tell and a plea to be brought home to the crayon box.
Daywalt & Jeffers have created a sequel that imaginatively explores the adventures and grievances of Duncan’s many crayons in a wholly relatable and wickedly humorous way. As I read I laughed, sighed, and was thrilled to see how Duncan responded to the crayon’s stories with compassion and creativity. I think it’s a perfect back to school read for kids of all ages.