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The Day the Crayons Came Home


4.35  ·  Rating details ·  14,821 ratings  ·  1,646 reviews
The companion to the #1 blockbuster bestseller, The Day the Crayons Quit!

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
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by Philomel Books
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Michele Knott
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have a new favorite crayon. His name is Esteban.
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
Duncan gets a stack of postcards in the mail from his disgruntled crayons.

They are writing to him from exotic locations.

TO: Duncan
Duncan's Bedroom
This House

Dear Duncan,
Not sure if you remember me. My name is MAROON CRAYON. You only colored with me once, to draw a scab, but whatever. Anyway, you LOST me TWO years ago in the couch, then your dad SAT on me and BROKE ME IN HALF! I never would have survived had PAPERclip not NURSED me back to health. I'm finally better, so come get me! And c
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amusing series, but not sure it works for kids. Lots of words and a story line that it a little too sophisticated for the pre-eight-year-old set that centers on the calamities that happen to crayons owned by careless young children. The pictures are a great play off kid's crayon drawings, but may not be appreciated by eyes looking for crisp edges and bright colors. The florescent pink crayon reminded me of how I disliked that crayon when I was younger. My four-year-old cousin was bored when I tr ...more
Patience K Phillips
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What I like most about Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers The Day The Crayons Came Home is how freakin’ utterly hilarious this book is.

By Tan, I was laughing so hard I had to stop reading to catch my breath.

Esteban the Magnificent popping in along this journey in stand up comedy terms is dubbed ”a callback”. I'm in love with this little guy. BUT you’ll have to read the book with a little to find out which color he is.

Poor Tan (teaser alert) can't tell what color it is anymore, ”Have you ever been
Dave Schaafsma
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
I am reading, as I did the last two years, all the November nominees for the Goodreads Children's illustrated book award. Last year I read Daywalt and Jeffers' The Day the Crayons Quit and I really liked it. This is a sequel, and now the crayons are on their way home, preceded by mostly vintage postcards to a kid from various places far and near (the couch, the basement, various foreign countries.. .). As I saw it, it's like one joke extended over a whole book, like the last book, but still, it ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Picture Book. The Crayon series is indeed a hilarious ride. The series had started with a sad news that the crayons are quitting today! As we inch further, the crayons have decided to come home now. Dive straight into this to find out what made them change their minds.
Kate Willis
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All ages, especially lovers of brilliant illustrations
Recommended to Kate by: Karis's review
I brought this home to share with my younger sisters (though they aren't so young anymore O.o.), and we got a few good chuckles out of the hilarious escapades of the crayons. Speaking of which, why is it always a shade of blue that ends up in the dryer? XD The inside jokes and illustrations were adorable, and I loved the creativity displayed on each page. The ending was also sweet and satisfactory. Definitely one to share with my little nephews, though I'm not sure they need any ideas about what ...more
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Hilary by: Found in the library
A pile of postcards arrive sent to a small boy, from crayons that over holidays, days out, and garden drawing sessions have been lost. Each colour describes their predicament. Aimed at young children but my 12 yr old instantly picked it up and said it was great and thought I'd taken it out of the library for her to read. Funny and beautifully presented. One minor downside, I hate it when books reinforce negative stereotypes, the green crayon says all children hate peas. The children I know love ...more
Niki (Daydream Reader)
Just as brilliant and funny as the first book...maybe even better! Such a fun book!
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, picture-books
Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers understand the terrible fate that awaits so many crayons. I thought THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT was fun, but this takes it to a whole new level. The text is in the form of postcards, mostly, as the crayons write back to let their owner new that some of them have been lost, broken, or have simply run away. Some were forgotten on vacation, or under couches. Some have melted in the sun, or suffered terrible fates at the hands of household pets. A tad gross, a tad bitter ...more
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I totally love these crayon books. And just for the record....I'm rooting for Neon Red! ...more
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Crayons are back!


Of course, after reading The Day the Crayons Quit the story's not so new, and yet it was fun. Kids would enjoy finding some familiar faces from the first book ....and meet some new ones. Some crayons want to see the world. A few of them wants to come home ... poor left behind crayons. Some have identity issues .... and some seek shelter.


I loved Esteban the Magnificent ... the crayon formerly known as PEA GREEN! Go Esteban!

Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I just finished this picture book with my eight year old. Like the prequel The Day the Crayons Quit, this was a cute and clever book. My daughter really enjoyed it but stated that she liked the first one better.

In this book the less often used crayons are the primary characters, and they send postcards to Duncan to explain where they have been since they went missing. The illustrations are nice. My favorite part of the book was all of the hilarious postcards from Neon Red. The textured page for
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Not as good as the original but fun to have a sequel. The Day the Crayons Quit is my daughters favorite.
Otis Chandler
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fun sequel to the original.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I love how universal picture books are! That I was a senior in highschool could love and appreciate the imagination poured into this book right along with my younger siblings all middle school and up. They both give a heart echo to my 5 star rating.

Little Pea Green's dear and humorous name change and Neon Pink's world travels on his journey back home after being left behind at a hotel were highlights I enjoyed. I think I'll forever want to call pea green crayons Esteban the Magnificent now. :) W
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After reading the first book it which I absolutely loved it made me cautious to read the sequel because will it live up to my expectations and will it maintain the uniqueness that makes it special? While it is a completely different book I still love and enjoyed the story and believe it is worth the read!

After we reached a happily ever after with the crayons and Duncan, you might think what now? Did Duncan screw up and abuse the crayon
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dear Duncan,

No one likes peas. No one even likes the color pea green. So I'm changing my name and running away to see the world.

Esteban...the Magnificent!
(the crayon formerly known as Pea Green)

Dear Duncan,

I don't know why you've put your crayons through so much agony when they are so hilarious (though I must say that I found Brown Crayon's complaint unjustified--"Bear Goes in the Woods" is a masterpiece). I'm glad you've seen the error of your ways, and hope to hear more from your
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
The color Esteban was so funny :)

What about the Orange and Yellow, ha ha ha so funny...

Neon Red crayon, OMG... too funny

I advice everyone to give it their kids..
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely sequel to the first. Well-written and a great read for young ones.
Dee Dee G
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My son loved this.
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Don't get me wrong- I LOVED the first book and Oliver Jeffers is one of my favorite illustrators in the whole world. But this kinda feels a little bit like more of the same. And I know that's a terrible thing to say when the first book was SO good. The writing is clever, the artwork is still fantastic, but this one is really saved from sequel-itis by two things: 1. the travails of Pea Green crayon (aka Esteban) which brought out genuine laugh-out-loud moments, and 2. the last couple of pages whi ...more
Linda Lipko
Nov 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
The sequel to The Day The Crayons Quit, is very disappointing. While the first book was marvelous with laugh out loud moments and high marks for creativity, this second book falls flat and a smashed crayon found in the sofa cushions.

Basically, the crayons grow weary of their locale and plead with their owner to allow they to return. Told in a series of post cards, and images of traumatic things that occurred during their trek to find someone who appreciated them, some pages are cute, some are c
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Picked this up to kill two challenges with one book. This book is adorable, loved how each crayon managed to have a story and a personality. The author also used postcards to tell Duncan (the boy owner of the crayons) to rescue them and bring them home! One I will have to remember if I ever have a chance to read a story to a child.
A colorful story about a boy and his crayons. The book is postcards he receives from all those crazy crayons. I found the postcards a little hard to read and the story is fun. My niece begged me to read this to her and she felt it had funny parts.
Emily Scheinman
A wonderful sequel. One of my favorite pages is where you can feel the texture of the crayon!
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Would-Be Artists / Anyone Who Enjoyed the First Crayon Book
In this amusing follow-up to their initial collaboration, The Day the Crayons Quit , author Drew Daywalt and illustrator Oliver Jeffers return to the theme of discontented crayons who communicate their complaints to their young owner by means of notes. In this collection, we have a number of crayons who have gone missing or been abandoned, and who want to be returned to their home. From the geographically confused Neon Red, who imagines he is in New Jersey whilst seeing the pyramids at Giza, ...more
Jesa Burgoyne
NEWTS Readathon
Career: Wandmaker
Subject: Herbology
Prompt: Always growing- book longer than your previous read: Be Kind...which this book is.
Grade: O, Outstanding
Bethlyn Allmey
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A brilliant series to use with children, a light hearted and funny read. Esteban might just be my new favourite crayon!
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humour, children
I loved Daywalt's first book, The Day the Crayons Quit. It was fresh, original, and extremely funny. This companion book… not so much. The premise was cute, and the artwork is still good, but I can't envision reading this to very young children. I'm not quite sure if the kids would get it. I think this is the end of the line for "crayon" books for me (as I'm sure he'll write more seeing that most people appear to have enjoyed this one as much as they did the first one). I'd rather just re-read t ...more
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