The Crayon Man by Natascha Biebow

The Crayon Man

What child doesn't love to hold a crayon in their hands? But children didn't always have such magical boxes of crayons. Before Edwin Binney set out to change things, children couldn't really even draw in color.Here’s the true story of an inventor who so loved nature’s vibrant colors that he found a way to bring the outside world to children – in a bright green box for only a nickel! With experimentation, and a special knack for listening, E...

Details The Crayon Man

TitleThe Crayon Man
Release DateMar 19th, 2019
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Biography, Nonfiction, History

Reviews The Crayon Man

  • Becky
    First sentence: Once there was a man who saw color everywhere.Premise/plot: The Crayon Man is a picture book biography of Edward Binney the creator of crayons.My thoughts: I loved, loved, loved this one. The narrative is well written. It's packed with information--which I loved. Plenty of information is included within the sidebars. But at its heart it remains an entertaining story. Edwin invented a new kind of inexpensive slate pencil that wrote...
  • Linda
    Edward Binney and his staff get the prize for giving children crayons, safer than the older, not useful or safe, artist's crayons. In those early days, paper was too expensive so children wrote with a gray pencil, on slate tablets. They worked but rubbed off too easily. Natascha Biebow tells the story starting with the 'need' for crayons of the colors of the world so children could draw them. Binney's wife knew about this. She was a teacher. And ...
  • Panda Incognito
    This bright, colorful picture book biography introduces children to the man who invented crayons. The author provides clear historical context for the invention, explains the science behind it, and shows how it has impacted children. It's a lovely, inspiring book, and in addition to the historical note in the back, there are also photo-illustrated pages about how Crayola produces and packages crayons today. This book will appeal to the kid in eve...
  • Holly
    I love this COLORFUL story about the inventor of Crayola crayons! Makes me appreciate them and want to go color a picture. The back matter is excellent too: photos (color, of course) showing the process of making Crayola crayons today, and a selected bibliography.
  • Engel Dreizehn
    Interesting tidbit of history behind Crayola and the invention of crayons all done in bouncy, colourful prose! (with footnotes on the sides to explain certain details)
  • Edward Sullivan
    An appropriately colorful introduction to the man who invented Crayola crayons.
  • Kathy
    A worthy response to the question: Where did crayons come from?
  • Alice
    interesting and informative
  • Maria Caplin
    Perseverance, creativity and problem solving. Excellent sidebar notes and word study about the origin of crayons 🖍