The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons by Natascha Biebow, Steven Salerno (Illustrator) ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog


Primary Genre(s): Picture Book, Middle Grade
Published: 19 Mar 2019 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Page count: 48
My Format: ebook via Overdrive
Cover: Colorful, fun
Pacing: Great
Ending: Informative
Would I recommend it: Absolutely
Commission Link: Buy The Crayon Man

My rating: ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads
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, Edwin Binney and his dynamic team at Crayola created one of the world’s most enduring, best-loved childhood toys – empowering children to dream in COLOR!

My Thoughts
I loved this short little picture book a lot! Here are my pros and cons for The Crayon Man:


  1. This is a cute and concise history of the crayon! You will learn about where the idea for the crayon came from and how crayons were originally made.
  2. The story did a good job of making Mr. Binney a vibrant, real person.
  3. You will learn where the company name “Crayola” came from! (Hint: Mr. Binney phonetically spelled a suggested name combining two French words.)
  4. This is such a colorful book! I mean, you can’t read a book about crayons without it being full of color, right!?
  5. Illustrations are fantastic.
  6. I learned that the Crayola crayon has a connection to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. As a life-long Missouri resident, I think that is pretty neat!
  7. While the book itself talks about how crayons were originally manufactured, the end of the book includes some real pictures of how crayons are made today. You will also find a short biography of Edwin Binney and a bibliography if you are interested in additional information.



I love books like this! Most kids probably don’t even think about the fact that someone at some point in time actually invented those crayons they love so much. I think it is a good thing to introduce kids to inventors and inventions, and perhaps books like this one might spark new ideas from our next generation!

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(image from Goodreads)

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