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Crayola: A Visual Biography of the World's Most Famous Crayon

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A vibrant and colorful history of Crayola crayons, from the company's origin story, the birth of the Crayola crayon, the evolution of the iconic crayon packages, and profiles of every Crayola color from Sky Blue to Carnation Pink. Everyone has a relationship with color. If you think back to your first memories of exploring color, there is a very good chance that crayon A vibrant and colorful history of Crayola crayons, from the company's origin story, the birth of the Crayola crayon, the evolution of the iconic crayon packages, and profiles of every Crayola color from Sky Blue to Carnation Pink. Everyone has a relationship with color. If you think back to your first memories of exploring color, there is a very good chance that crayons were involved. And when it comes to crayons, Crayola is king. This book explores the history of a beloved childhood art supply, while also delving into our relationship with color: how we use and create with color, and how we name colors. It looks at the history of the 120 iconic colors of Crayola and where they came from, and how Crayola itself has helped shape our understanding of color over the last century and a half. Finally, this book explores how people -- adults and children alike -- have and continued to turn to Crayola to inspire and manifest their creativity. Filled with hundreds of illustrations and archival photos, Crayola is a nostalgic and fascinating wonderland of creativity and delight.


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A vibrant and colorful history of Crayola crayons, from the company's origin story, the birth of the Crayola crayon, the evolution of the iconic crayon packages, and profiles of every Crayola color from Sky Blue to Carnation Pink. Everyone has a relationship with color. If you think back to your first memories of exploring color, there is a very good chance that crayon A vibrant and colorful history of Crayola crayons, from the company's origin story, the birth of the Crayola crayon, the evolution of the iconic crayon packages, and profiles of every Crayola color from Sky Blue to Carnation Pink. Everyone has a relationship with color. If you think back to your first memories of exploring color, there is a very good chance that crayons were involved. And when it comes to crayons, Crayola is king. This book explores the history of a beloved childhood art supply, while also delving into our relationship with color: how we use and create with color, and how we name colors. It looks at the history of the 120 iconic colors of Crayola and where they came from, and how Crayola itself has helped shape our understanding of color over the last century and a half. Finally, this book explores how people -- adults and children alike -- have and continued to turn to Crayola to inspire and manifest their creativity. Filled with hundreds of illustrations and archival photos, Crayola is a nostalgic and fascinating wonderland of creativity and delight.

30 review for Crayola: A Visual Biography of the World's Most Famous Crayon

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    The kids and I read this together. We all really enjoyed it and we all want to color now!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This is like a coffee table book. It has great photos of the factory and the process for making crayons - nice spotlights on artists that use crayons in their work - and descriptions of the colors. It's not an in-depth history - one can go through it in a couple of hours - but for me, it's enough information. This is like a coffee table book. It has great photos of the factory and the process for making crayons - nice spotlights on artists that use crayons in their work - and descriptions of the colors. It's not an in-depth history - one can go through it in a couple of hours - but for me, it's enough information.

  3. 5 out of 5

    iloveromance

    This book is amazing. Wow, it made me want to run to the nearest store and buy the biggest box of Crayola crayons imaginable. It brought back so many memories of my favorite past time which has always been coloring. If you want to know absolutely everything there is to know about the history of Crayola, crayons and just color in general, this book is a must read. There's so much information that I wasn't able to read every word, but I loved reading about the different shades of colors and how th This book is amazing. Wow, it made me want to run to the nearest store and buy the biggest box of Crayola crayons imaginable. It brought back so many memories of my favorite past time which has always been coloring. If you want to know absolutely everything there is to know about the history of Crayola, crayons and just color in general, this book is a must read. There's so much information that I wasn't able to read every word, but I loved reading about the different shades of colors and how they came to be. Also included are pieces of art from various artists made from Crayola crayons. Just amazing. I'm sure I will pick up this book again in the future but not before I've deluged into my childhood and bought some Crayola Crayons. It's been decades since I've bought a box and that's decades too long.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Well, it was super pretty! I liked seeing all the colors and trying to remember if they looked liked I remembered them in my youth (the one thing I never kept from my childhood was a box of Crayolas). I also liked seeing the images from the corporate archives and even the old advertisements. But I really couldn't stand the corporate speak in the text. Don't consider that a complaint - Crayola is listed as second author, so I assumed it was going to be there going in - it's just a stylistic choic Well, it was super pretty! I liked seeing all the colors and trying to remember if they looked liked I remembered them in my youth (the one thing I never kept from my childhood was a box of Crayolas). I also liked seeing the images from the corporate archives and even the old advertisements. But I really couldn't stand the corporate speak in the text. Don't consider that a complaint - Crayola is listed as second author, so I assumed it was going to be there going in - it's just a stylistic choice I could have completely done without! There were some color insights that had me rolling my eyes (um, as far as I'm aware Judas was frequently portrayed in yellow clothes because yellow was the color of cowardice and other connotations). But if you enjoyed those tidbits, I'd say try other books that will have more insight! For this, it was definitely worth the short time it took to flip through and read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Mandaville

    A delight for the eyes as well as the evocation of childhood memories, this book is filled with interesting and fun facts about the origins of Binney & Smith and the Crayola company, and the advent of Crayola as we know it today. There is information about color that would be of interest to artists, educators, and lovers of coloring for its own bliss. This was more than an indulgence in nostalgia, it was an informative adventure behind the colors and smells of our childhoods.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emily Parliman

    It was cool to go through all the colors, as I used to love dumping the entire 96-box out and organizing my box by color when I was little. But I wanted more explanation about where each of the color names came from. And I agree with the reader who said that this seems like an extended ad for Crayola.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    This was a colorful and very well done book that talks about the history of Crayola crayons, which is a fairly interesting one. I particularly enjoyed the sections on the various color shades and the names that were given to them.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karrie Stewart

    A fun book packed full of facts about Crayola crayons 🖍 My only complaint...no scratch and sniff!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    This is a neat book about crayons.

  10. 5 out of 5

    KathleenB

    More of an extended ad for the title product. I was really hoping for more history and info.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Diane Musella

    This was a beautiful and informative look at Crayola.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Vaughn

  14. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Magpoc

  17. 5 out of 5

    Akash

  18. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carlos

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jo-Ann

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Wickersheim

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chris K.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emma Nicholson

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dede

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tally Klinefelter

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tara

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tessa

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carol

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lora Kelly-Benck

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ted

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