No need to come up with a catchy title for a review of a book called The Day the Crayons Quit. This hilarious, yet thoughtful book, was written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. This book tells Duncan, the colorer, what his crayons are thinking. Not only is this a great story, but it is a great segue to having children imagine what their other inanimate possessions may be thinking. I really recommend that you get this book and then share it with a young colorer. This book is destined to be a classic.
I found it while I was browsing through the exceptionally wonderful children’s book collection at the Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. If you haven’t visited this museum, you are missing something truly special. The collection is magnificent, and the museum building and its grounds are gorgeous. There are even some easy trails for walking. The current exhibits are “Van Gogh and Nature” and another focusing on Whistler’s Mother. The Van Gogh exhibit is reason enough to make the trip. I thought I had really seen a lot of Van Gogh — at the big museums, at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and at a bunch of special exhibits through the years. But, this exhibit sheds new light on what he was trying to do with nature and focuses on his influences. I am so glad we made the trip. You should, too.