The Day the Crayons Came Home

Time Out Malaysia Kids - - Culture -

RM56.95

Writ­ten by Drew Day­walt. Il­lus­trated by Oliver Jef­fers. Pub­lished by Philomel Books, 2015 (US). Avail­able at Ki­noku­niya

‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ must be on just about ev­ery book­shelf. The funny tale of Duncan’s fedup crayons was a smash hit with kids every­where. In this lat­est out­ing, Duncan’s rene­gade crayons re­turn af­ter re­al­is­ing that life in the boy’s crayon box wasn’t that bad af­ter all – who cares if you’re called ‘Pea Green’ or used to colour in dog poo when the big wide world of­fers up such ex­pe­ri­ences as be­ing eaten by the dog or be­ing put in the wash­ing ma­chine to bond with Duncan’s dirty, smelly socks? The story con­sists of post­cards from the re­pen­tant crayons, beg­ging Duncan to take them back af­ter their ad­ven­tures and mishaps. This is a charm­ing and witty story that should have the kids in stitches. Our test au­di­ence loved the book and Rhi­ana, aged nine, com­mented ‘I really like the il­lus­tra­tions and the story and the pur­ple crayon is funny.’ Oliver Jef­fers’ il­lus­tra­tions mix the artist’s trade­mark em­brace of found ob­jects and naïveté – to such an ex­tent that Shaveena, aged seven, just couldn’t be­lieve they were by an adult: ‘I like the draw­ings. This looks like a small kid’s draw­ings!’ We think ‘The Day the Crayons Came Home’ will ap­peal to kids aged eight to 12 (and big kids like our­selves). Leah O’Hearn In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre (MIECC) at The Mines for crazy deals on books for the whole fam­ily. Ex­pect dis­counts of up to 75 or even 95 per­cent. Bring the kids but keep an eye on them, this sale can get really busy. 7am, Dec 4-12noon, Dec 14.

MPH Book­erville Car­ni­val Road­show

MPH Aeon Serem­ban2 (03 7955 1090/ www.mphon­line.com). Goodie bags, mas­cots, games, prizes and a whole lot of books. This book fi­esta will travel the coun­try and bring the joy of read­ing with it. There will be all the usual car­ni­val sights, sounds and tastes – so kids can catch a clown show and scoff pop­corn and cot­ton candy in be­tween search­ing for great new reads. Nov 28 & 29. 1-6pm.

Subang Jaya Book Ex­change

BEP Cabin, Jalan USJ 12/2F, Subang Jaya (www.face­book.com/sjusjbep). A highly lauded ini­tia­tive by USJ res­i­dents, the Subang Jaya Book Ex­change is held ev­ery first and third Sun­day of the month. Get rid of the books you no longer need by sub­mit­ting them to a vol­un­teer for qual­ity in­spec­tion, af­ter which you’ll get to se­lect and take home a num­ber of other do­na­tions. The team be­hind the book ex­change is con­stantly look­ing for vol­un­teers, so of­fer your time and ef­fort to meet fel­low book lovers. First and third Sun of the month, 3-5pm.

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