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.
First published in 1987, the first solo picturebook effort by acclaimed children’s book author/illustrator Peter Sis is a quiet meditation on companionship and contentment.
Casting a box of crayons as the protagonists of a picture book is pure genius. After all, there’s probably a box (or more) of these long-suffering sticks (or stumps) sitting in every preschooler’s home and/or classroom, which translates to instant relatability.
With its curious title, naturally it seems fitting to feature this book on hump day. ‘Wednesday‘ refers to the day when Big Square and Little Round get together on a weekly basis to play their favourite game, where they each morph into the shape of whichever noun that either of them decides, such as a butterfly, a mushroom and a flower.
When I was in school, we were taught how to make simple scratchboards using only crayons and art paper, whereupon we had fun drawing on them with toothpicks and watching the riot of colours peer through the black layer. But never in my wildest dreams did I expect that this technique could be elevated to produce bona fide art (as opposed to our, ahem, chicken scratchings) — particularly that created by Beth Krommes, who combines scratchboard etchings with watercolours to produce drop-dead beautiful, unique illustrations that also tell a story. Continue reading
Despite its title, this fresh and inventive book is not so much about the colours themselves, but how they interact with each other to create something new — and in the process, gets us to look at some familiar patterns in a new light.
‘Eating a rainbow’ is a concept that helps kids to identify fresh produce and encourages healthy eating habits.
Mmm Let’s Eat! is thus a deliciously colourful book that reinforces this fundamental idea with its simple but enjoyable narrative involving a cast of friendly animal characters who make good food choices as the day progresses from morning to night.
While looking for his friend, Leon the chameleon encounters some dangerous creatures, but is saved by his ability to ‘blend in’. Although the story is simplistic, the colourful illustrations and cleverly designed pull-tabs and colour wheels are irresistible.