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Harold and the Purple Crayon (Purple Crayon Books) by [Crockett Johnson]
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"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) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Crockett Johnson (1906–1975) was the writer and illustrator of over twenty books for children, including the beloved classic Harold and the Purple Crayon, six subsequent adventures starring Harold, and The Carrot Seed, written by his wife, Ruth Krauss. He was also the creator of the groundbreaking Barnaby, one of the most influential and ingenious comic strips of the twentieth century.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN : B00X3NIVZ2
  • Publisher : HarperCollins (September 29, 2015)
  • Publication date : September 29, 2015
  • Language : English
  • File size : 6839 KB
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  • Print length : 64 pages
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  • Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2018
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy the Board Book Format
By Bookgirl on May 12, 2018
I purchased this book already knowing that my 2.5yo daughter loves the story. The presence of plot alone sets it apart from so many other board books that rely mostly on catchy rhymes and picture identification. And the fact that a small child, Harold, creates his own adventure with a simple crayon, ultimately solving his own problem, is empowering. My daughter loves to flip through the pages of the paperback version of Harold and the Purple Crayon and tell her own version of the tale. The story sparks her imagination and transforms her into a storyteller.

So I do recommend Harold and the Purple Crayon, BUT I suggest purchasing it in a different format. For one thing, this edition has printing flaws. The page spread where Harold draws a boat is repeated, and in an order that disrupts the narrative sequence (see images). For another thing, the layout in the board book is condensed: some images are placed side by side that would otherwise be separated by a page turn. This effectively decreases the suspense at times. For example, in the paperback version, readers see Harold fall off a mountain and don't know how he will rescue himself until they turn the page. Not so in the board book, where both the fall and rescue occur on the same page. Suspense is disrupted elsewhere as well.

Bottom Line: I recommend this child-empowering story but not in the board book format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for PreK/K students
By Dr. Liz on November 2, 2019
Weekly I read aloud a book on YouTube and my early childhood students loved this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool fun book for little ones
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 6, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool fun book for little ones
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 6, 2020
The book arrived on time and good quality. My niece loved it and enjoyed going through the pages as he is a big fan of colour purple.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 9, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 20, 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike any other children's book, one they will remember fondly
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 29, 2016
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Suzanne Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 6, 2016
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