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A Day with No Crayons

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  401 ratings  ·  76 reviews
When Liza's mother takes away her beloved crayons, her world suddenly goes gray. How does the budding artist repond? She squirts her toothpaste angrily and stomps through mud puddles. Through these acts, Liza inadvertently creates art-and eventually discovers color in the world around her.Liza loved her crayons. She treasured turquoise, adored apricot, and flipped over fuc ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Rising Moon Books
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Lisa Vegan
Jun 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all young artists and those who are creative & imaginative
Oh, this seemed so cliché because I’ve read other very similar books, but I loved it anyway.

The story addresses bad vs. good behavior, punishment (a reasonable kind), and most of all the joy of being an artist, of seeing as an artist sees. I also love the humor; it’s very funny.

When Liza doesn’t have her crayons to draw with anymore, at first the world looks gray, but then her inner artist sees more possibilities.

I love that the words denoting a color are printed in that color, and I love the il
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kathryn by: Lisa
What a gem! I'm so glad my GoodReads friend Lisa brought this to my attention. I love the creativity in this story. Liza loves to draw with crayons--the variety of colors fills her artistic soul and she just has to express herself. Which is all well and good until she runs out of paper and decides to color on the big, white wall! Her mom takes away the crayons for the day and at first life seems colorless. But Liza's imagination and exploration of nature soon lead her to see that life is full of ...more
Jul 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, picture
After Liza draws on the wall, her mother takes her crayons away. At first Liza can't imagine how she'll get through the day, but gradually she learns to see color and beauty in the world around her.

I really like the positive message about imagination and enjoyed seeing Liza's excitement at her discovery of the artistic potential of everyday objects and places. However, I was a little bothered by Liza's destructive behavior in public places (tearing up the flowers in the playground, smearing mud
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone - especially young artists
What a wonderful concept that was delightfully carried out!

When our protagonist is so in love with color and drawing that she draws on the walls, her mother takes away her crayons for the day. But, what I loved about this book, was that, by not having her crayons, our heroine must find the color in the world itself, and she is so creative that she discovers there are more ways to create art than with just crayons.

This is great read anyway, but really great for buddings artists!
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: educ378fall2017
Text-to-Teaching Connection:
In this particular reading, I found the main character Liza to be very captivated by drawing inside of her coloring book daily, until it was suddenly taken away. Meanwhile, throughout the book, I often found color recognition and/or color association. For example, Liza often associated a color with things, which can greatly help with children's learning ability as far as memory. Liza then found a deeper appreciation for nature and the organic art that it possesses. By
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked that she drawed, and the rainbow pants.
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this cute story of Liza, who loves her crayons. She draws and colors all day long. Then one day she runs out of paper and she draws on her bedroom wall. Her mom takes her crayons away for the rest of the day. Liza is so sad, she goes outside, and her day is gray (literally...these pages are drawn in gray shades). But then she gets grass stains on her pants and notices their shade of green. She observes the color of the dandelions and smears them on her pants. SOon she realizes t ...more
The Library Lady
Feb 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
There's a wonderful Harry Chapin song about a little boy whose art teacher insists that "flower are red, and green fields are green", but he responds "there are so many colors in the flowers, and I see everyone"
And that's the underlying message here--to look beyond and discover ALL the colors in the world. But kids will just enjoy the story of Liza, who loses her crayons for drawing on the walls and suddenly sees colors EVERYWHERE!
Sarah Lea Stories
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
“A Day with No Crayons” was a clever idea. I loved the use of all the colors (I’m not sure if Crayola colors can be trademarked, as I didn’t see childhood favorites burnt sienna, brick red, or periwinkle) in the story. I adored the author’s use of “tickle-me-pink” as an adjective for how Lila was feeling; I wish there had been more of that. That said, I don’t like it when characters “laugh” a sentence. For example, “And this isn’t dandelion yellow,” she laughed. It should have been, “And this is ...more
Emmy Johnston
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think this is an excellent concept picture book for children below the age of five. It relays and important life lesson and inspires creativity in children. The book follows Liza's journey after her mother takes her beautiful crayons from her. In a tantrumous whirlwind of emotions, Liza realizes the other ways to create in the world. The images are not exactly realistic, however they are appropriate for young children to enjoy. A possible idea for this in the classroom would be to read the boo ...more
Savannah Webster
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A day with no crayons by Elizabeth Rusch and Illustrated by Chad Cameron is about a young artist Liza who loves to draw. One day she runs out of paper and decides to draw all over her white bedroom wall. You can imagine this didn't please her mother who decided to take the crayons away for the day. Liza's world goes gray, she's devastated. Then she starts to see color in her daily life and finds ways to create colorful masterpieces. I didn't post the last picture because you have to see it for y ...more
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A little girl runs out of paper and decides to draw on her nice blank wall. The consequence is that her mother takes her crayons away from her for a whole day. But it is then that the little girl discovers a whole world of color around her. From the blue-green toothpaste in her bathroom to the grass-stained knees of her pants. From dandelions that are "beyond laser yellow" to gray-blue pebbles she uses to create an ocean.

A celebration of imagination and creativity.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: colors, nature
This was a really neat book! I was obsessed with crayons when I was growing up and it would have been devastating for someone to take my crayons away. This book shows a different way of looking at the world and seeing all the colors around us. I'm looking forward to using this in toddler story time.
Maria Marshall
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-picture
In a celebration of the diversity of nature and creativity, this book is a sheer joy to read.
Given the explosion of adult coloring books, it is obviously an activity that all ages continue to enjoy.  When Liza's mom took away her crayons, I feared her creativity would be stifled. The sudden shift to grey and sepia tones, further highlighted Liza's misery. But as her day progressed, Liza discovered the blue of toothpaste swirls, the brown of splattered mud, and the green of grass stains. As she e
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I feel like this book is the perfect advertisement for those 64 count boxes of Crayolas. ;)
They liked how her world turned B&W, and then slowly colored in. Their favorite part was the collage of different items from around her room on the last page.
Ms Threlkeld
Lovely celebration of art and imagination.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are a ton of other books with very similar themes and ideas, but this one's just a cut above and it warmed my indiscriminately color-loving heart.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
After drawing on her bedroom wall, a young girl learns to explore the colors in the world beyond her crayons.
Use for making discoveries in the world around us and using imagination.
October 2016
Emmaline MacBeath
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
SUMMARY: Liza loves her crayons. She colors every piece of paper in her coloring books until one day she runs out of pages. She discovers a blank wall that would do just as well. She colors to her heart's delight until her mother catches her and take her crayons away for the day. Liza doesn't know what to do until she goes outside and notices color all around her. She begins to use nature to make pictures outside. She realizes that living without her crayons for a day isn't so bad after all.

Los Gatos Library
Liza loves her crayons. Everyday she fills her notebooks with pictures in aquamarine and apricot and fuchsia. Until the day she runs out of paper, and makes the mistake of beginning a masterpiece on the wall of her bedroom. Her mother takes away her crayons for a whole day. It seems like it will be a gray day, devoid of any color. Then Liza squirts toothpaste in the sink, and stomps through some lovely brown mud. Pretty soon, she can't help but notice there is color everywhere in the world. Liza ...more
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an entertaining story about the wonderful colors in nature and the limitless way we can express ourselves in art. While being punished for drawing on walls, Liza discovers that she doesn't need crayons to have color in her life.

I thought it was interesting that even without the artistic medium that she is used to, a young girl finds a way to embrace her creative side and discover the wonders of nature. I loved that our girls were able to point out the references to Van Gogh and Jackson
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, art
I loved this book!! An artistic little girl with a need for color and creative expression does what all little artists eventually do: she draws on a lovely blank white wall. Who can resist such a large, available canvas? Her mother discovers her daughter's mural and assigns the appropriate punishment of no crayons for a day. Liza's day becomes (literally) grey until she begins to discover all of the amazing colors in the world and how to express herself in new and innovative ways. The illustrati ...more
Breanna DeAngelis
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I love that this book opened her eyes to the colors all around her. The pictures were able to tell the story, however I think some of the language in this book might be hard for some. Especially because it was stating the names of different colors other than the primary colors many children know. I do think this would be a good book to teach children a lesson in appreciating the things around them. It may not be appropriate for beginning readers, but as they become more advanced, I would suggest ...more
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
A Day With No Crayons gives new life to a box of crayons! Author Elizabeth Rusch makes colors so inviting with names like Screamin' green, Magic maize, and Outrageous orchid.

The main character, Liza is a delight to follow. I love her passion for art and colors. When Mom takes her crayons away, Liza's world is all of a sudden, black and white (as depicted by illustartor Chad Cameron). But Liza's open-mindedness and creativity helps her overcome it. This book will entice readers to rediscover colo
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like this simple story and like some other books that introduce more color in the book as you get further into the plot. IT would be great accompanied with a lesson on using nature to make art or something. She ends up seeing color and making pictures with random things she finds. (I also love that her toothpaste swirlys look like Van Gogh's Starry Night, and her mud footprints look like Jackson Polluck painting). Subtle, but fun to point out to the kids.
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Liza loves her crayons and the amazingly gorgeous colors they hold. When she runs out of paper to color on, she uses the walls of her room as her canvas...much to her mother's chagrin. "No more Crayons for you today!", her mother says. Liza is sad...gray and blue. She trudges off to the park and gradually finds all the colors that were right there in her crayon box! Her imagination is colorful again! And, she finds that she can go one more day without crayons.
Alicia Evans
When Liza makes the mistake of coloring on the walls of her house, her mother is anything but happy. All of Liza's crayons are taken away and her life moves into shades of grey as the color leaves her life. Slowly, Liza must learn how to make art other ways and how to see the world around her in all of its truly colorful shades. It's just such an awesome idea for a book and then the illustrations and how the colors play with the plot make this one to keep around.
Karelle Royal
A wonderful story about a little girl who loves to color with her crayons. Great book that teaches students that they can improvise and make magical creations with just the simplest things.
Art: can have students create artwork with non-traditional items.
Math: can have students measure items with non-standard items.
S/S: can use in a lesson to show different art forms around the world (sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, etc)
Science: can be used in a lesson to show how inventions are created.
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ELIZABETH RUSCH is an award-winning book author, magazine writer, editor, writing teacher and speaker. Her wide-ranging passions include astronomy, volcanology, art, music, history, nature, waves, jokes, crayons, and mud — anything that catches her fancy. She is inspired by stories of exploration and discovery, stories that have been overlooked by history, and stories that grapple with persistent ...more