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by Hazel Hutchins
illustrated by Dušan Petričić

Best Bets List, Top Ten, Ontario Library Association Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Eric Hoffer Award, Honorable Mention Blue Spruce Award nomination, Ontario Library Association

Snap! Scritch! Whoosh! There goes another crayon!

What could be more perfect than a brand new set of crayons? Evan can’t wait to use them, until Snap!, the brown one breaks in two. Then one by one, the others break, get crushed, are blown away, or simply disappear. How can he possibly draw when there’s no green, purple, or even black?

Evan feels like throwing things, but instead, he scribbles using all the bits and pieces that are left. But what’s this? Where yellow and blue cross, there’s green, and when blue and red get all mixed up, it creates just the right purple to draw monsters. Soon, all he’s left with are tiny stubs of red, yellow, and blue, but Evan discovers that even with just a few crayons, he can create new and exciting art—his imagination is the only tool he needs.

The winning combination of Hazel Hutchins’s lively text and Dušan Petričić’s ingenious illustrations make this a wonderful addition to every young child’s library.


“A beautifully humorous ode to both pragmatism and imagination.”
—Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 07/15/15

“This gently affirming book . . . offers an important message.”
—Booklist, 11/01/15

“A sweet story to pair with other artistic titles in storytime.”
—School Library Journal, 11/15

“A delightful book.”
—Quill & Quire, 10/15

“Uses repetition, onomatopoeia to great effect, creating a sense of rhythm and momentum.”
—The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature, Winter/16

“The illustrations are just perfect for the story. The details and expressions are ingenious enriching the text so well.”
—Storywraps, 07/14/15

“Will become a favourite of all families and will make a great addition to any library or home.”
—Resource Links, 02/16

“The illustrations in this story are mesmerizing.”
—Ventura County Star, 07/30/15

“A fun story about creativity, frustration, and the ways in which hardships … ensure the use of imagination in problem solving.”
— Sense and Sensibility and Stories, /07/12/15

“Lively and charming.”
—Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 09/19/15

“Would be great in the preschool and younger elementary grade classrooms.”
—Welcome to Our Book Wonderland, 10/27/15