The Day The Crayons Quit: Summary and Review

The Day The Crayons Quit

The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

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The Day The Crayons Quit


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:


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.
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