Harold and the Purple Crayon (50th Anniversary Edition)

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Essential Picture Book Classics—timeless stories for every child to treasure.

"One night, 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 ...

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Overview

Essential Picture Book Classics—timeless stories for every child to treasure.

"One night, 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 for over fifty years.

Harold goes for an adventurous walk in the moonlight with his purple crayon.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064430227
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Edition description: 50th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 50
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 17,209
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 7.48 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Crockett Johnson is the much-loved author and illustrator of five books about Harold and The Purple Crayon. He is also the illustrator of The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss.

Crockett Johnson is the much-loved author and illustrator of five books about Harold and The Purple Crayon. He is also the illustrator of The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Classic!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    Harold and the Purple Crayon

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    It's a classic for a good reason

    It is simple and speaks to children and adults alike. Many people are unaware of it, so it makes a great gift.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2009

    Harolds Purple Crayon

    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

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2010

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    memorable!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    A classic

    classic story with good illustrtions

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2010

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    Great book

    Every child should have this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Terrific Book for Children

    One of my all time favorites as a child. I love to give it new parents who never heard of it !!

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    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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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND

    AWESOME BOOK! I LOVE THE CREATIVE IMAGINATION THAT HAROLD HAS. MY 4 YR OLD HAS AN AMAZING IMAGINATION AS WELL

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  • Posted May 27, 2012

    my son eet purple crayon and dai

    my son eet purple crayon and dai

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    I loved this book as a child & now so does my daughter.

    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!

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

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    totally essential

    One kid, one imagination, one purple crayon. Perfect picture book!

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    2 year old son completely connects with harold.

    my son has made this a favorite at bed time and connects with the main character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2010

    favorite!

    i love this book! i remember reading it when i was little. definitely a classic...good to have in hardback!

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  • Posted November 2, 2009

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    I Love Harold

    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!

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  • Posted July 28, 2009

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    a Classic

    What a wonderful way to encourage a child's imagination

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2009

    This is a delightful little book!

    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!)

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Classic Book Worth Rereading

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2009

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    Favorite!!

    This is my favorite book from my childhood. I still have my copy and even still read it sometimes. It's an amazing book and your kids will love it!!

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