Harold and the Purple Crayon Board Book

Harold and the Purple Crayon Board Book

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by Crockett Johnson
     
 

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"One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight."

Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement. This board book edition is perfect for little hands at bedtime.

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Share this timeless classic with a new generation of readers!

"One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight."

Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement. This board book edition is perfect for little hands at bedtime.

Full of funny twists and surprises and delighting readers of all ages since 1955, Harold and the Purple Crayon shows just how far your imagination can take you.

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Horn Book
An ingenious and original picture story in which a small boy out for a walk--happily with crayon in hand--draws himself some wonderful adventures. A little book that will be loved.
Children's Literature
Harold's fiftieth birthday (he appeared in 1955) finds him much the same as ever except for an anniversary sticker and a brighter jumpsuit on the cover. At the time, his creator, Crockett Johnson, was already known for political cartoons in New Masses, his comic strip Barnaby, and pictures for children's books by his wife Ruth Krauss. In the last decade of his life, Johnson turned to painting large abstracts based on geometric theorems. The paintings are mostly forgotten, but Harold has delighted children for generations with his insouciant look and his big purple crayon, with which he creates an entire universe of imaginative adventures on perfectly blank pages. Harold's graphic journey takes him through a wood (containing one apple tree), into the sea and a sailboat, up a mountain, and onto a balloon. He can conjure up anything with a line, including a fearsome dragon, a picnic of nine pies, a whole city of windowed buildings, and finally, his own window with the moon outside. As he settles into his cozy bed, young children breathe a sigh of relief and wonder. Johnson's style is, as he explained, "simplified, almost diagrammatic for clear storytelling, avoiding all arbitrary decoration." Baby Harold and his crayon live on—admired by artists like Chris Van Allsburg and Maurice Sendak, praised by critics, loved by children—as a celebration of the power of art and imagination. 1955, HarperCollins, Ages 2 to 7.
—Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062086525
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/27/2012
Pages:
34
Sales rank:
19,844
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.87(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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