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Children's LiteratureWhile the original Harold and the Purple Crayon was limited to black-and-white- and-purple illustrations, Krevin Murawski adds depth to his pictures with many shades of green and vibrant red for the race car. True to form, "it was time for bed, but Harold was not sleepy." The adventure begins when Harold picks up his purple crayon and draws a road. The racecar he draws is a shiny red convertible just his size, with racing stripes down the side. I especially like that the author, Liza Baker, included helmets for Harold and Lilac, his shaggy dog companion. In each mishap that occurs the trusty purple crayon comes to the rescue. Harold adds a fan to blow away the fog, skis for the car when it gets stuck in the snow, desert tires as they travel through the sand dunes, and a bulldozer bucket to help a farmer in need. Harold arrives home as usual by drawing a window around the moon and he magically appears back in his bed. This story will interest fans of the other "Harold and the Purple Crayon" books. Children will especially enjoy Harold's adventures in the racecar. Having Lilac, the dog, along is a good touch. Thirty-two pages in length and limited words on the page will make this an excellent choice for a bedtime story. Young children will be able to pick out some simple words and enjoy retelling the story again and again. 2003, HarperCollins Children's Books, Ages 4 to 7.
— Ann Sanger