Publisher: Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group
A follow up to The Day the Crayons Quit, Came Home is told similarly in the form of letters to a little boy named Duncan from his lost and forgotten crayons. One was left by the pool on Duncan’s last family vacation. Orange and yellow, once mortal enemies over who was supposed to be the color of the sun, have been melted together after being left outside… in the sun. One was eaten and thrown up on the carpet. Pea Green wants to change his name to Esteban the Magnicificent and see the world but changes his mind once he opens the front door and finds it is raining. Eventually Duncan rounds them all up and creates a special box for them.
A mixture of photography, crayon drawing, and paintings, Jeffers’ art makes both of these books in my opinion. In Came Home, there is a spread with glow-in-the-dark illustrations from the disgruntled glow-in-the-dark crayon that was used last Halloween and left in the basement.
Another cute book to be sure, although this and Day the Crayons Quit fell flat with my children.