The Day The Crayons Quit: Summary and Review
The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
We read this book for our inaugural idea club meeting, as it was a fun, light way to kick off the first meeting.
There is a wonderful voice-acting reading of this book that I enjoyed, the narrator uses lots of zany and fun accents: youtube.com/watch?v=489micE6eHU
It’s a children’s book about crayons that rebel because they were tired of always being used to colour their stereotypical colours.
Some themes that came up during the discussion:
- “Don’t be afraid to use every crayon in the crayon box”
- The Mixed-Up Chameleon
- “Pink Crayon” and teaching young children about gender in the 2020s, whereas none of us were exposed to these ideas as kids growing up in the 90s.
- How much should you indoctrinate your child? Education destroys creativity, and you want to maintain childhood creativity, but you also need to socialize kids to function in modern society.
- Careers and being “typecast” based on previous experience, being locked into one industry and not being able to switch to a different industry later.