Happy Easter from the Crayons (Crayons)

by Drew Daywalt (Author) Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)

Happy Easter from the Crayons (Crayons)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Crayons

Celebrate Easter with a hilarious holiday adventure starring the crayons from the #1 New York Times bestseller The Day the Crayons Quit!

Easter is the perfect holiday for crayons! They get to learn new shapes and decorate one giant egg together . . . but where will they hide it?! Blue Crayon has some ideas . . .

In a gift book perfectly sized for Easter baskets, this story is sure to make kids--and grown-ups--giggle as they celebrate the holiday together.

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School Library Journal

Toddler-PreS--In this holiday-themed offering from seasoned duo Daywalt and Jeffers, the crayons are back for some Easter egg decorating antics. Daywalt's accessible short simple sentences in typed font contrast with handwritten penciled dialogue among the crayons and provide the juxtaposing humor. The repetitive text appears to follow a natural pattern--until a line is repeated twice, both by yellow and orange, and is then abandoned, leaving the joke mid-sentence without a clear path for readers. Jeffers uses gouache technique, ink, colored pencil, and crayons (of course) to create delightfully busy and colorful endpapers that contrast with stark white backgrounds throughout. White slightly textured shapes are initially almost indistinguishable from the surroundings, until the designated crayon decorates the shape with patterns and designs. The resulting effect is muted. The penultimate reveal does not entirely coalesce into a visually coherent final product, and the last spread leaves readers as confused as the bunny-eared purple crayon. The sight gag is either too subtle or not subtle enough; the overall impact of the artwork does not match the exuberance of the high-energy egg hiding-and-seeking activity of the Easter holiday. While the book is not festive enough for the holiday, Esteban (the green crayon that seems to prefer going by a different name) and the stubby blue crayon are highly entertaining, laugh-out-loud standouts that will draw audiences to it. VERDICT An additional purchase for larger library collections where the series is popular.--Eva Thaler-Sroussi

Copyright 2022 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

Praise for Happy Easter from the Crayons

"Esteban (the green crayon that seems to prefer going by a different name) and the stubby blue crayon are highly entertaining, laugh-out-loud standouts." -School Library Journal
Drew Daywalt
Drew Daywalt grew up in a haunted house, but now lives in a Southern California home haunted only by his wife, two kids, and a German shepherd. A Hollywood screenwriter when he is not writing for young readers, Drew's favorite crayon is Black. He is the #1 bestselling author of The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home, in addition to many other titles. Follow Drew at @DrewDaywalt.

Oliver Jeffers is a creator of art for adults and children. An illustrator of fine art, his picture books have received numerous awards and much critical acclaim. The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home were both #1 New York Times bestsellers. Oliver has has become one of the world's most in-demand artists, creating pieces and graphics for TED Talks, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and for U2's lyric video to the song "Ordinary Love." You can find Oliver at oliverjeffers.com.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Philomel Books
Publication date
February 20, 2023
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV009020 - Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Colors
JUV009060 - Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Size & Shape
JUV017020 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Easter & Lent
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Easter fiction

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