The Day the Crayons Came Home
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.