The only thing tougher than creating a critically acclaimed bestseller, is writing its sequel, since the fans’ expectations are predictably sky high. So when it was announced that the dynamic duo of Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt were releasing the followup to The Day the Crayons Quit, the question on everyone’s mind was: will it be as good as the original? And now that we’ve finally gotten our hands on The Day the Crayons Came Home, the answer is no — it’s BETTER.
The amazing co-creators have really outdone themselves for this one — and obviously had oodles of fun along the way too. Because if there’s one word that best describes the sequel, it’s F U N. As with the original, which takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the colouring clichés of Duncan, the unseen protagonist, this book is relatable since it addresses his (and most children’s) propensity for leaving hapless crayons (and just about anything else) behind in odd places and then forgetting all about them, as well as a few random but equally amusing crayon-mistreatment issues. And so it is that Duncan receives a stack of postcards from the crayons that he’d inadvertently lost and/or forgotten about over the years.
Everything that we loved about the first book is still here, but it’s all been amplified. For instance, in addition to a few familiar crayons making a reappearance, there are literally more colourful new personalities like ‘Esteban’, Maroon, Neon Red and even Glow-in-the-Dark, whose postcards are wackier than ever.