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Harold and the Purple Crayon (Purple Crayon Books)

Harold and the Purple Crayon (Purple Crayon Books)
By Crockett Johnson

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Product Description

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.


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #2483 in Books
  • Brand: Harper Festival
  • Published on: 2015-09-29
  • Released on: 2015-09-29
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 7.50" h x 6.00" w x .25" l, .22 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 64 pages

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Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review
"One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight." So begins this gentle story that shows just how far your imagination can take you. Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of beauty and excitement. But this is no hare-brained, impulsive flight of fantasy. Cherubic, round-headed Harold conducts his adventure with the utmost prudence, letting his imagination run free, but keeping his wits about him all the while. He takes the necessary purple-crayon precautions: drawing landmarks to ensure he won't get lost; sketching a boat when he finds himself in deep water; and creating a purple pie picnic when he feels the first pangs of hunger.

Crockett Johnson's understated tribute to the imagination was first published in 1955, and has been inspiring readers of all ages ever since. Harold's quiet but magical journey reminds us of the marvels the mind can create, and also gives us the wondrous sense that anything is possible. (Ages 4 to 8)

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"This popular translation of one of the world's most beloved children's books, "Harold and the Purple Crayon, " is now available in a bold new trim size with a bright and engaging treatment of the original cover art. For generations, children have cherished this ingenious and original little picture story." --"Horn Book"

From the Back Cover

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.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
3Great book but page printed upside down :-(
By Lauren
I loved this book from my childhood so I ordered the 60th edition for my daughter. One of the pages is printed upside down. It's in order and perfectly readable but I feel disappointed.

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful.
5Warning About Board Book Version!
By Life Is Good
Harold and the purple crayon is a wonderful classic tale of imagination that I remember from my childhood. It is an excellent book to help children ponder the difference between reality and fantasy. One of the most magical parts of the book is how the pages turn in anticipation of what Harold will draw next. Timing and the sequential unfolding of the story is critical to the book's magic.

As such, the new board book version of Harold is a major distortion of the original magical book. Pages and words are combined and illustrations completely omitted compared to the original. As a result most of the magic is lost. I urge you to buy another version than this Board Book. I bought them as gifts and had to return them. If anyone can comment on how faithful the paperback version is to the original story, I would suggest purchasing that for now. This Board Book is NOT the same magical story.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5it's a perfect bedtime story
By Geoffrey S. Geiger
"Harold and the Purple Crayon" is charming and delightful. It takes about 10 minutes to read aloud and ends with Harold heading off to sleep. In short, it's a perfect bedtime story.

Harold is a kid with an imaginary purple crayon that enables him to draw whatever he needs or desires. The story starts with him wanting to take a walk in the moonlight, so he draws a path and a moon. Soon Harold is creating trees, sailboats, dragons, high-rise buildings, and many other figments from his imagination as he goes on an intricate adventure.

When Harold is hungry, he draws pies; when he's falling off a mountain, he creates a balloon that brings him safely to ground. The illustrations, in purple (duh!), are thick, crayon-like line drawings that are expressive and elegant in their simplicity.

More than anything, the story is about the power and joy of a life of the imagination. It's a book a child can hear over and over again that can become both a trusted friend and a comfortable entrance into the land of dreams.

So read it to a beloved child in your life. Or read it to the child in yourself.

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