A Day With No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch

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When Liza's mother takes away her beloved crayons, her world suddenly goes gray. How does the budding artist repond? She squirts her toothpaste angrily and stomps through mud puddles. Through these acts, Liza inadvertently creates art-and eventually discovers color in the world around her.Liza loved her crayons. She treasured turquoise, adored apricot, and flipped over fuchsia.

About Elizabeth Rusch

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The award-winning freelance writer Elizabeth Rusch has published more than one hundred articles in magazines such as Muse, Smithsonian, and Mother Jones. She is the author of a number award-winning nonfiction titles for children, including: Generation Fix, Will it Blow?, The Planet Hunter, and For the Love of Music: The Remarkable Story of Maria Anna Mozart. This is her first book for Houghton Mifflin. Elizabeth lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family. Liz has a four-inch-high scale model rover, which she kept next to her computer for inspiration while writing this book. The model rover toppled over and broke so many times that she can't believe Spirit and Opportunity have survived roaming Mars for more than six years. You can visit Liz online at www.elizabethrusch.com. Chad Cameron received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and now lives in the San Francisco Bay area. His quirky illustrations have appeared in two previous picture books: WITCHY'S TURNED AROUND HOUSE and GEORGE HOGGLESBERRY: GRADE SCHOOL ALIEN.
Published September 1, 2007 by Cooper Square Publishing Llc. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Liza treasures her turquoise, adores apricot and flips over fuchsia, but when she decorates a blank wall after running out of paper, her mom takes all of these bright colors away—literally, in the illustrations, as Liza and her surroundings instantly fade to dull grays.

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