Oliver Jeffer's -Making Kids Books Fun for Adults*
As the mother of a 3 year old that is constantly saying "Mama, read me story," I've found searching for a great story book to be a challenge. For the first couple years, rhymes were adorable, pictures were fun and truthfully, the shorter the story, the better. These days, the shorter the book, the more times I'll have to read it...in a row. I was close to succumbing to a life filled with horrible stories and even worse illustrations, until we discovered the amazing Oliver Jeffers.
An illustrator, artist, and writer hailing from Australia and Ireland, Oliver Jeffers is the mastermind behind the soon-to-be classics such as The Incredible Book Eating Boy, The Day the Crayons Quit, This Moose Belongs to Me, Stuck, and The Huey's New Sweater, to name a few. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, but the stories, ah the stories are why we keep these books close to our hearts and a part of the RPS family!
My favorite Oliver Jeffers illustrated book is The Day the Crayons Quit. In this book, poor Duncan just wants to color. When he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters left behind, and they all say the same thing: his crayons have had enough! They quit!
Beige Crayon is tired of coming in second to Brown Crayon. Black Crayon wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to one another, as each believes he is the true color of the sun. Peach Crayon (oh that poor Peach Crayon), is sick of it's wrapper being peeled off and feels naked. Duncan must get all the crayons to quit bitching and get back to doing what they do best-- coloring. Don't blame me if you find yourself chatting with your kids' crayons, I can't confirm or deny if that's a side effect. But either way, do yourself a solid, grab The Day the Crayons Quit and then check out some other favorites from the list below. You won't regret it!
1.) The Way Back Home. 2.) This Moose Belongs to Me 3.) The Incredible Book Eating Boy 4.) The Heart and the Bottle 5.) The Day the Crayons Quit 6.) Lost & Found 7.) The Hueys in the New Sweater* We use the term "adults" loosely here at RPS.