When Duncan opens up his crayon box, he finds that the crayons have gone on strike. In their place is a stack of letters, one from each of the crayons. The letters set forth individual grievances and complaints. Red feels over-extended. Pink feels unimportant. Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking after a dispute about the right color of the sun. It's a tongue-in-cheek, witty read that begs the question, "Why can't we all just get along?" At a minimum, it will make you think of crayons differently. But there are more thoughtful messages at play here. The Day the Crayons Quit is a gentle reminder that it isn't easy to be anyone. Also, it illustrates (literally and figuratively) the benefits of working together. This is the kind book that will leave readers of any age smiling.
When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.