Harold and the Purple Crayon
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Harold and the Purple Crayon

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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.

Full of funny twists and surprises, this joyful story shows just how far

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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.

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

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble Staff
Harold's wonderful purple crayon makes everthing he draws become real. One evening, Harold draws a path and a moon and goes for a walk-and the moon comes too. After many adventures, Harold gets tired and can't find his bedroom. Finally, he remembers that the moon always shines through his bedroom window. He draws himself a bed, and "the purple crayon dropped on the floor, and Harold dropped off to sleep." This little gem is filled with visual and written puns.
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:
9780060229351
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2015
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
46,423
Product dimensions:
7.72(w) x 6.28(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Crockett Johnson was born in New York and spent his childhood on Long Island. He acquired his art education at New York University and at Cooper Union.

For many years the author and illustrator of the popular comic strip Barnaby, Mr. Johnson also illustrated many wonderful children's books, including Ruth Krauss's The Carrot Seed. He is perhaps best remembered for his own slyly engaging books about a small boy named Harold and his journeys with a purple crayon.

Crockett Johnson was born in New York and spent his childhood on Long Island. He acquired his art education at New York University and at Cooper Union.

For many years the author and illustrator of the popular comic strip Barnaby, Mr. Johnson also illustrated many wonderful children's books, including Ruth Krauss's The Carrot Seed. He is perhaps best remembered for his own slyly engaging books about a small boy named Harold and his journeys with a purple crayon.

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Harold And The Purple Crayon (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
PuceEmu More than 1 year ago
I love this book and have loved it since I was little. I am almost 30 now and have two kids, ages 5 and 6 who still love it. The story breeds imagination and it is not necessary to be read, as kids can see from the pictures what is happening. I love to give this as a gift for ages 2-3, and they will love it for years! This classic is an essential for any library! The illustrations are break-through and inspire a new kind of imagination.
joro More than 1 year ago
It is a cute story that invites young children and readers to explore their imagination. This kind of book is good because it invites the children to leave the world of television and create theirown ideas. I found it very interesting that it only had one color but still invited you in. It is simple yet so good for children.
Alisa_Eggimann More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this book as a kid but I even enjoy it as an adult! I love the circular form it gives. I especially love how any kid can easily picture himself in Harold's shoes. With this book, teachers or parents could help a child learn by asking them what they would draw if they were Harold. I love this book because of the imagery it creates for anyone who reads it.
MP53 More than 1 year ago
This book is a favorite for many children. It is full of imagination! It lets the reaader imagine and travel with the character. I relates to the child and dreamer in all of us. It lets one believe in magic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is simple and speaks to children and adults alike. Many people are unaware of it, so it makes a great gift.
Nanaof5 More than 1 year ago
Harolds Purple Crayon was discovered in school by my Grandson. I know it was his favorite book to check out. I believe for a while it was the only book he checked out. He about wore the Library copy out. Cory is now 17 years old. A few years back he ask me to send it to his new little cousin. She was 4 at the time. My sister kept the book at her house and read it over and over to My little Great niece. Now my great Niece has a baby brother and today my sister informed me that between the two children Harolds Purple Crayon is their favorite book and they have about woren it out. I need to add that my Grandson's baby sister and my other Grand Daughter also loved this book. When I passed on the thanks today from my Sister to my Grandson for sending this much loved book to them I also spoke to my Grand Daughter. She told me she still wants a new copy of this little book. She is now 14 almost 15. I ask her why this book was so special. Kodi told me Because he could go anywhere he wanted just by drawing it with his purple crayon. While she seems too old maybe for this book I just ordered her another one and will give it to her for her birthday. She will hold on to it for her children ( a long way off at this time). I also ask my sister to hang on to the copy we sent to her and it will go back to my Grandson for his children someday. I have given and read many books to my Children and GrandChildren but this little book has been an all time favorite and seems to be the closest to their hearts even today. Please do not miss the chance to share this book with your little ones. Sincerely Nana of 5
Jfergy7577 More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! it helps spark the imagination & show kids that they can go anywhere & do anything! My little one is hard to entertain & this book does the trick! I love reading it to her which is a must in the books we buy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every child should have this book.
WorldNews More than 1 year ago
Harold is cute, sweet and adorable. The illustrations, or I should say the lines that Harold draws with his crayon go on into the next page and continue on like a cloud, light and fluffy. It kind of takes me to never, never, land. Harold is so happy go lucky with his Crayon and is fun and inviting. A fresh breath of fresh air as Harold takes us into a world of imagination. What will Harold draw next? It reminds me when I drew a rabbit family on the wall when I was a child. My father said it was okay for each of us six kids to color on the wall as he was getting ready to paint it. Harold reminds me of days gone by. Whimsical and with a free spirit the author was ingenious with this idea. It is a cute little book that every child should have in their collection. I give this book a two thumbs up! Go Harold!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter (a young mother) discovered this book as part of a recommended reading list for an Elementary Education class. It's a wonderful story about a little boy who creates his world with his purple crayon as he goes along. The illustrations are simple but effective. My daughter shared the book with me and I liked it so much I bought a copy for her and another to have at my home. My 3-year-old grandson loves it; it's one of his favorite books. (As a lifelong avid reader, I have more books at my home than toys for my grandchildren!)
mrbewley More than 1 year ago
Bought this as a gift - Has been a favorite since childhood and have shared with my son. Explores where you can go and what you can do with an imagination. The story is simple and easy to read.
sheppone More than 1 year ago
We wore the first copy of this book out; my son had to read it at least twice every night for months. With a simple story and even simpler drawings, Crockett teaches children that your imagination can take you any where and that it's okay to color outside of the lines.
Terri_M More than 1 year ago
I remember this book as a kid, although we didn't have it at home. My son loves this book because he is obsessed with the moon, and a crescent moon is a centerpiece of this story. Harold draws his world with a purple crayon and the story chronicles his adventure until he becomes tired and wants to go home. He ends up drawing his bedroom window and "drawing" up the covers to go to bed. A cute story that encourages creative thought and stimulates interesting conversations about imagination.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book teaches children that if they go out for an adventure and don't find one, to create one for themselves. This makes every day a special day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can remember checking this book out of the school library atleast once a month because I loved it soo much and I would dream that I too could draw an imaginary vacation to somewhere and still til this day I love this book and would recommend it to not only children but adults as well!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember that this book was my brother's favorite when he was little. He asked my mom to read it to him all the time. I especially liked the part when he drew all the pies and ate them with his moose friend. This is a really cute story.
Cynners More than 1 year ago
The book itself is fantastic. I purchased the book to use on my iPad Nook app, but it cannot be opened on my device. If you plan to use it on a desktop or an actual Nook device, I'm sure it will work just fine. Might work on another type of tablet.
AKepsel More than 1 year ago
My five year old really likes this book. We read it and then work on drawing pictures without moving our pencil off the paper. It's a classic that everyone should own.
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TheBookCricket More than 1 year ago
One kid, one imagination, one purple crayon. Perfect picture book!
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