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Harold and the Purple Crayon: Dinosaur Days

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Harold loves to read about dinosaurs — flying dinosaurs, spiky dinosaurs, and the big, long-necked kind. With his trusty purple crayon in hand he goes to visit them.

Harold quickly finds himself in all sorts of trouble! He meets some unfriendly dinosaurs and is even chased by hot lava. Luckily, Harold is quick on his feet and quick on the draw. He is able to save himself and all his new prehistoric friends.

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Overview

Harold loves to read about dinosaurs — flying dinosaurs, spiky dinosaurs, and the big, long-necked kind. With his trusty purple crayon in hand he goes to visit them.

Harold quickly finds himself in all sorts of trouble! He meets some unfriendly dinosaurs and is even chased by hot lava. Luckily, Harold is quick on his feet and quick on the draw. He is able to save himself and all his new prehistoric friends.

Generations of children have enjoyed Harold's imaginative adventures. This engaging new story will delight fans, old and new.

When Harold is unable to sleep, he uses his purple crayon to draw a jungle in which he hopes to find dinosaurs.

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On a sleepless night, Harold's fantastic purple crayon takes him deep into the land of the dinosaurs where Harold hopes to "ride on the back of a long-necked dinosaur." As he wanders through the jungle, he comes upon a pterodactyl who whisks Harold off and drops him in her nest. Making friends with the baby pterodactyl, Harold and the bird continue Harold's search for the dinosaur, with the crayon ever ready to draw Harold from danger. When, at last, he meets the long-necked dinosaur he discovers it is stuck in black, sticky tar. Harold uses his trusty crayon to free the beast and ends up getting his wish to ride on the dinosaur's back. Tired from his busy night Harold "drew his bedroom window around the moon and returned to his home." This new adventure lacks the freshness of Crockett Johnson's classic story (his name appears only on the book flap) and the illustrations are based on the graphics for the HBO series. The illustrations do save this marginal effort, for who can resist the cherubic Harold in his blue sleepers with his purple crayon firmly in his grasp. The combination of Harold and dinosaurs is a winner in terms of attracting a new generation of Harold fans. Anyone wishing a dose of nostalgia won't be disappointed. Part of the "Harold and the Purple Crayon" series. 2003. HarperFestival,
— Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-The youngster's amazing purple crayon draws him into yet another adventure in this book based on the HBO animated series of Harold's adventures (with no mention of Crockett Johnson's name in it). When the child can't sleep, he decides to read his favorite book in bed. Wondering what it would be like to ride "a big, long-necked dinosaur," he picks up his purple crayon to find out. Naturally, one thing leads to another as Harold explores the jungle, drops into a pterodactyl's nest, and saves the dinosaurs from an erupting volcano. Though this story is not as fresh as Crockett Johnson's original, Harold's imaginative mind and the dinos are a winning combination, providing plenty of child appeal. An additional purchase.-Robin L. Gibson, Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060005412
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/17/2002
  • Series: Harold and the Purple Crayon Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 322,752
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.09 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    This is an incredibly disappointing book to have Harold and his

    This is an incredibly disappointing book to have Harold and his Purple Crayon associated with it. It's just a story about dinosaurs and not a very interesting one. It lacks all of the wit and plays on words that make the original Harold books such a joy. He goes on a walk but there is nothing clever about his journey at all. If you're looking for another adventure with Harold, don't buy this book.

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