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Harold and the Purple Crayon [Paperback]

Crockett Johnson
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May 20 1981 Purple Crayon Books

One evening Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. But there wasn't any moon, and Harold needed a moon for a walk in the moonlight. Fortunately, he had brought his purple crayon. So he drew a moon. He also needed something to walk on. So he drew a path...

And thus begins one of the most imaginative and enchanting adventures in all of children's books. The creative concept behind this beloved story has intrigued children and kept them absorbed for generations, as page by page unfolds the dramatic and clever adventures of Harold and his purple crayon.


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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.

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"...For generations, children have cherished this ingenious and original little picture story." -- Horn Book

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5.0 out of 5 stars Story of a Little Boy with a Huge Imagination June 8 2004
Format:Paperback
This classic little book is a lovely reflection on childhood imagination and the joys of creativity.
Tiny wide-eyed Harold, in his one piece jammies and purple crayon in hand, wanders through the night using the dark canvas of sky to draw whatever fanciful dreamscapes his curious young mind can conjure.
No dummy is our Harold. He is an inventive little fellow who devises his own path, invents his own moon to light his way, makes a boat when he finds himself enveloped in a purple sea, creates pies when he is hungry, and so on until he is tired. Thanks to cleverly leaving behind special images as pointers to guide his way, he makes it back home in one piece and with lots of exciting stories to tell.
This is such a delightful book for children and one of the reasons is that it can be used interactively. Read the story with your kids then give them some crayons and a huge sheet of paper and let them loose to design and explore their own magical worlds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 7 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This series of books have been a family favorite for 2 generations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this story June 13 2013
Format:Paperback
This is one of my favorite children's books. Ambitious and creative Harold takes you on an adventure by drawing new places and things to see. A very cute story that's great for bedtime or anytime!
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5.0 out of 5 stars <3 June 4 2013
By Nin
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My favourite as a kid

I'm not going to write a novel about the products I buy, if they suck ill let people know but otherwise you get a 2-3 word review then this message
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5.0 out of 5 stars We love this book! Jan. 5 2013
By Nicole
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
We have 3 kids and they all love this book! So cool, how a crayon can create such an adventure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars very imaginative Dec 7 2012
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
Very cute story with alot of imagination. Originally bought this for my five year old niece but once I got it, I realized that it was better for a younger child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Aug. 21 2003
Format:Paperback
I LOVE this book! It is soooooo cute! Harold draws everything! I really like the policeman! And the hot air balloon! And how he drew a boat to keep himself from sinking in the sea he drew! The whole book is just soooooo cute! I absolutely love it! You should but it NOW if you don't already have it! I LOVE crayons too! ... My favorite color crayon is Tickle me Pink! And I really like Granny Smith Apple Green too! The names are just so much fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up from My 2-year-old! July 28 2003
Format:Paperback
I worried this might be too meaty for my 2-year-old, but he adores this story. It's at once simple and engaging -- and (I believe) great fodder for the imagination. It's almost epic compared to other children's books -- so take a pass if you're looking for a quick read before bedtime! But if you want a book you can linger over with your child -- this is it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun-filled Imaginative Movie In Your Head
My kids were laughing hysterically when I first read this book to them. Harold had an amazing adventure with his purple crayon. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2008 by C. Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book!
this is one of those books where not only do the children in my life enjoy this book, but i do as well. for a kid's book, it's pretty existential. Read more
Published on March 25 2008 by elfdart
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it to your child
My son fell in love with this book. It showed him that all he needs is his life is the imagination to have an adventure. It is a book that is both calming and empowering to kids. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2006 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best bedtime books ever!
My 3.5 year old son adores this book and I do too. We read it nearly every night. Harold is an imaginative little boy who draws a world of his own. Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by reestar
5.0 out of 5 stars Harold harold bow-berald, banna fanna foe-ferald...
There's something about Crockett Johnson (real name David Johnson Leisk) that is instantly recognizable. Read more
Published on May 27 2004 by E. R. Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars Harold et la differance
Under an everpresent crescent moon, Harold's signifying crayon implies the metacritique immanent in all eschatologies: Outcoding the text beneath him, he at once embraces and... Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by C. Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for every child's library.
Harold and the Purple Crayon was a favorite of mine when I was a child (in the late 1950's). I was delighted to find it again when my children were born, and it soon became a... Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2004
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