Have you ever found crayons buried between the couch cushions or covered in dog hair under a bed? Those left behind have something to say about it in the book many of us have been waiting for: The Day the Crayons Came Home.
Two years ago the picture book The Day the Crayons Quit was our Best Children's Book of 2013 and it still gets a laugh with every read. In this follow-up (chosen as our Best Picture Book of August) Drew Daywalt's character, Duncan, once again starts receiving postcards from his crayons, only these are from the ones who've been left behind...in the couch, in the dryer, at the pool, etc.,
We thought it would be fun to find out some of author Drew Daywalt's personal feelings about crayons, so we asked him a few questions which you'll find below illustrator Oliver Jeffers' exclusive portrait of Drew as a crayon:
Seira Wilson: What's your favorite crayon color and why?
Drew Daywalt: My favorite crayon is the one that looks the most neglected. You know, the melty, broken, naked, dusty ones. For 30 years, I've found myself consistently reaching for the crayon that I thought needed the most love. What can I say? After a lifetime of being the underdog, I always gotta root for the misfit.
SW: What is your least favorite crayon color and why?
DD: I have no least favorite crayon. Like people, I believe there's room for everyone... except maybe that guy in at the coffee shop who always yells at the poor barista. If he were a crayon, he'd be my least favorite one. I might even melt his head or feed him to the dog.
SW: What color name would you like to see Crayola use?
DD: Daywalt. I think there needs to be a crayon named Daywalt. And it would be plaid, striped and polka dotted.
SW: If a crayon loses its wrapper, throw it away or keep it?
DD: What?! Throw it away? NO, I wouldn't throw it AWAY, you barbarian! How would you like it if I threw YOUR clothes away?
SW: Do you ever color when they have crayons on the table at a restaurant?
DD: Not only do I color with my kids at restaurants, but if the restaurant doesn't have any, we break out our Sharpies. Can't tell you how many tablecloths we've ruined.