The Crayons’ Christmas – Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers (illustrator) – Penguin Workshop – Published 15 October 2019
‘Tis the season for all of us to write our holiday wishlists. But everyone–even the crayons–know the best presents are the ones that you give. In this unique book, readers get to see how Duncan, the crayons, and their families celebrate the holidays.
If you have read The Day The Crayons Quit and The Return of the Crayons you will know how utterly delightful these books are. The colours are bright, the illustrations fun and the stories lots of fun. There is now a whole collection of Crayon books, including a Valentines Day special, a book of colours and a book of numbers.
This book is perfect as a gift, but it also works as a library book – you’ll just have to keep an eye on the special things in the book pockets. If you or your little readers enjoy the Jolly Postman books, you’ll love this book. Each page has a pocket with something special inside. The pockets are very clever – some made to look like letters or parcels that have arrived and others with a very realistic photo of a box that some clever page design seems to pop from the page.
The format of letters to and from the crayons continues, with a few extra special surprises. There are old character who return, familiar reader favourites and some new characters to meet.
One of the pockets contains a board game that I enlarged to used with my library class as a fun activity in the lead up to Christmas.
Another has a cute set of cutouts with Peach and some new clothes for him from his mother. These sorts of things can get tricky with library books, but if you are using it as a gift, it will be a treasured book, craft activity and something young readers can pull out and read and play with over and over again.
There are also some cute Christmas cutouts to pop out and hang up. Other holiday celebrations are not forgotten, with a net to create you own Hanukkah driedle.
This book is perfect for Crayons fans, and if you haven’t read the two original stories, you really should as they are so much fun and so delightful. Whether you are gifting this or adding it to your collection, I know this is going to become a Christmas favourite.
Category: Children’s fiction
Themes: Crayons, Christmas, letters
Reading age guide: Ages 3 and up
Published: October 2019 by Penguin Workshop
Format: Hardcover. 52 pages.