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First published in 1956, this picture book chronicles the further adventures of the puckish hero of Harold and the Purple Crayon. Ages 3-6.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"...sure to keep the onlooker in a state of surprise, anticipation and great good humor." -- The New York Times

"An ingenious and original little picture story..." -- The Horn Book

"Harold is of again, this time to Mars. Very zany adventures of the very resourceful Harold." -- Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Further Adventures of with the Purple Crayon
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reissue edition (March 20, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064433471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064433471
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Crockett Johnson (1906-1975) was the writer and/or illustrator of over 20 books for children, including his beloved classic HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON (Harper, 1955), as well as seven subsequent adventures starring Harold, and THE CARROT SEED, written by his wife, Ruth Krauss (Harper, 1945). He was also the creator of "Barnaby," one of the most popular comic-strips of the Twentieth Century. (A Barnaby selection appears in LITTLE LIT: STRANGE STORIES FOR STRANGE KIDS, Harper, 2001.)

Mr. Johnson received his art training at New York University and Cooper Union, and in his later years exhibited a series of geometric paintings, which were well-received by both the mathematical and artistic communities.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Schonbek on June 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
"One evening Harold got out of bed, took his purple crayon and the moon along, and went for a walk in an enchanted garden".

So begins this classic tale, which expands on numerous original elements first introduced in its also excellent predecessor, Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Harold exists in a world entirely defined by his imagination and the lines he draws with his purple crayon. These include a horizontal line - the horizon, the presence of which puts Harold on the ground, and the moon, placed in the sky, to differentiate what is up from down.

But there is a problem with the enchanted garden; "Nothing grew in it. If he hadn't known it was an enchanted garden, Harold would scarcely have called it a garden at all". To deal with the issue, the protagonist of the story decides to have a conversation with the king.

The action that subsequently unfolds has all the elements of a true heroic quest.

Harold draws a castle (because he knows that kings live in castles) but finds his entrance barred by a gate that has been shut. Ever resourceful, he draws a mouse that is larger than he is. As a result, Harold has been downsized and can freely enter via an adjacent mouse hole. And now comes one of my favorite lines, "He invited the mouse in too, but the mouse preferred to stay outside".

Realizing that as a pint sized person his audience with the king may be compromised, Harold sizes the stairs leading up to the throne room so that he is four and a half steps high - his usual height.

Our hero is called upon to utilize all his resourcefulness to deal with the witch that turns out to have caused the enchantment in the garden. And even after this has been accomplished, more adventure accompanies Harold on his journey back home.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By cyber_dude on June 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
Impossible to beat the original "Harold and the Purple Crayon", this is certainly the next best thing. This story is appealing to a somewhat older child than the original story, as it is a bit more complex. It is better than "Trip to the Sky", which has an odd story line that children do not follow as well. The new books that go with the television series are weak in comparison to the books written by Crockett Johnson.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
You have to love Harold and his purple crayon! You never know where they are going to take you. In this adventure, he and his crayon meet a king who is sad because there are no flowers in his enchanted garden. Well, Harold finds the reason for this crime and takes care of it.
Well written and in such a nice rhythm. Your child will ask questions, think up scenarios, and wonder aloud at what will happen next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deirdre F on April 24, 2013
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Crockett Johnson is such a genius... I didn't think there was any way he could rival the original "Harold and the Purple Crayon", but this is just as charming and imaginative. My 2.5 year old loves the Harold books. (Check out Harold's ABC book too... does not disappoint either!)
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THE PURPOSE OF THIS BOOK(AND MANY OTHERS) IS TO CREATE A LOVE OF READING IN MY GREAT GRANDAUGHTER,(AGE 2&1/2) A LOVE OF BOOKS AND READING. FOUR GENERATIONS ARE INVOLVED IN THE EFFORT:

I AM PURCHASING THE BOOKS, ALL FROM AMAZON SO FAR
MY DAUGHTER,A RETIRED TEACHER, IS THE LIBRARIAN, ARRANGING THE BOOKS,
CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED TO HER GRANDDAUGHTER'S MATURING AND READING SKILL LEVEL.
SHE DELIVERS THE BOOKS TO THE PARENTS (HER SON AND DAUGHTER IN LAW)
THE GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER IS READ TO BY HER PARENTS AND GRANDMOTHER WHICH SHE LOVES.
THE FIRST BOOK IS A HAROLD BOOK AND SHE IS STARTING TO RECOGNIZE WORDS.

HAROLD'S FAIRY TALE IS A WONDERFUL IST BOOK AND I HAVE PURCHASED TWO OTHERS
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 1999
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This was the cutest book I've ever read. If you're thinking about reading a short story this summer, read "Harold's Fairy Tale:Further Adventures with the Purple Crayon." By: Crockett Johnson. Remember this book deserves five stars. Have fun reading!
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Harold and his purple crayon captured my imagination when I was little, and I bought three titles in this series hoping it would do the same for my kids. I think at age 2 and 3.5 they're still a Little young for it, but they do enjoy listening. In this entry, Harold encounters enchanted gardens, kings, castles, witches, and giants - and yet still makes it back home in time for a good night's sleep. Simple and charming.
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By Marty Quintana on April 27, 2011
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I grew up on Crockett Johnson's books. I am 39 years old, and still love reading these books. Of course, I read them to my kids now. I used to wish I had a purple crayon to make my imaginations come to life! Wow! what adventure! Thanks for making this book available to myself and my family. Such memories. Came in excellent condition, and arrived promptly. Great job,and God bless!
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