We’re not the only ones returning from a summer trip. In The Day The Crayons Came Home, crayons go on a journey back to the place they belong.

The book is a sequel to the bestselling The Day The Crayons Quit, in which a bunch of crayons went on strike because they were unhappy with their roles, whether it was outlining (Black Crayon), coloring elephants (Grey Crayon) or being used too much (Blue Crayon).

Now we learn that the crayons are no longer in their box, but scattered throughout the house and elsewhere. They send their boy, Duncan, postcards from where they are located. And where might that be? Most moms could probably guess: under the sofa cushion, smushed on the rug, left by the hotel pool.

The postcards, addressed to places like “Duncan’s Room, Upstairs,” each tell a tale of woe. Maroon Crayon’s note is from the couch; he was left there only to be sat on by Duncan’s dad and broken in two. Orange Crayon and Yellow Crayon send a postcard from out front, where they were left outside in the hot sun and then melted into each other. Turquoise Crayon, after being left in a pocket and put in the dryer, is stuck to Duncan’s sock.

The quirky and sometimes sarcastic humor penned by Drew Daywalt is witty enough to spur kids to laugh out loud and clever enough to induce chuckles from adults.

Oliver Jeffers’ colorful artwork is a fitting companion to the text and gives the crayon-characters believable facial expressions. He adds unexpected comical details, like Neon Red Crayon wearing sunglasses while riding on a camel in the desert. For more fun, the drawings on two pages glow in the dark. (I held the pages under a lightbulb for a few seconds to activate the glow.)

Part of what makes this book so endearing is the various emotions conveyed by the crayons, from Pea Green Crayon feeling unloved (“No one likes peas. No one even likes the color pea green.”) to Neon Green Crayon (who is stuck in the basement) being afraid of the dark.

Universal Pictures has purchased the film rights to the previous book, The Day The Crayons Quit. Spending more time with these crayons will probably be a trip that a lot of kids will want to take.

Mia Geiger is a writer in the Philadelphia area. You can find her at miageiger.com and @MiaGeiger.

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