When Duncan goes to use his crayons he finds notes from all the crayons and how they are feeling! Red is overwhelmed. Purple is tired of being colored outside the lines. Beige doesn't like to be called light brown or dark tan and doesn't like being in second place to Brown! Grey is tired. White is feeling empty. Black doesn't like to be an outline. Green is writing for Yellow and Orange because they won't talk, they both think they should be the color of the sun! Blue is feeling like he needs a break, Pink is feeling unused and Peach doesn't like having a cover! Duncan has to figure out how to make all the crayons happy so he can continue to color! I would use this book to work on expression and voice!
Duncan just wants to color but when he opens his crayon box he finds only letters. Letters from his crayons all saying the same thing - his crayons have had enough! Blue needs a break from coloring the sky and the ocean. Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking for each believes they are the true color of the sum. Black wants to be used more. Duncan must find a way to make all of his crayons happy so he can color his new picture.
After reading, students can pick a color and come up with some more grievances they might have and write letters to Duncan telling him about. When students share their letters the whole class can come up with a way to solve each crayons problem so that Duncan can color again.
This book is a collection of letters written by a child's crayon to the child. Each letter is written by a different crayon and includes a humorous explanation of how each crayon feels about being the color that they are.
This would be a great book to introduce the format of letter writing. Students could practice writing letters to their favorite crayon, or take the point of view of the crayon.
Lexile Level AD730L
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I normally don't do half stars, but I really am between 2 and 3 stars on this one.
Overall, this is an interesting read about the fictional origins of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Those origins are basically epic battles between household items. Why are the household items fighting all the time? We will never know. But it's a silly and fun read.
The book is written with a knight-like mentality, i.e. "I must be the best warrior, but I also want a challenge.", so pretty much fighting for the sake of fighting. Good message for kids? Probably not. But it is entertaining enough if you don't take it too seriously (which you are obviously not meant to do).
The pictures are interesting, although some of the battle scenes were a little cringe-y. The smooshed apricot and pile of decapitated dinosaur nuggets were a bit much.
This is a weird, but interesting book. Kind of creepy, kind of fun. I like the idea behind it.