- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 490 (What's this?)
- Series: Purple Crayon Books
- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 34039th edition (September 29, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0064430227
- ISBN-13: 978-0064430227
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 995 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Harold and the Purple Crayon (Purple Crayon Books) Paperback – September 29, 2015
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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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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.
There's no mischief. No real stress. It is an easy bedtime story, but it is full of wonder. What world would your child draw?
The words and drawings are great for early readers, with plenty to discuss if you like. I fully recommend "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson.
However, I did want to offer this suggestion to everyone: spend the extra money on the hardcover edition.
I may have set my expectations a bit high, but since the paperback price was relatively expensive (costing 30 - 50% more than comparable paperbacks) and touted as the 50th Anniversary Edition, I thought it would be "nice". However, I have to say that I was pretty disappointed with the construction quality.
Unless you're giving it to a teenager or adult as a keepsake type of gift, the paperback isn't going to stand up against an age-appropriate child, or to time itself. If I hadn't bought it as part of the 4-for-3 promotion, I'd almost certainly exchange it for the hardcover.
If you buy this book used and if it arrives in less than the condition you expected, take photos! Seller (worldofbooksusa - Amazon Marketplace) will not take action unless you can prove problem with pictures.
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.