Harold and the Purple Crayon (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Harold and the Purple Crayon (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Crockett Johnson


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Harold goes for an adventurous walk in the moonlight with his purple crayon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881036954
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 06/28/1981
Series: Purple Crayon Books
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Crockett Johnson is the much-loved author and illustrator of five books about Harold and The Purple Crayon. He is also the illustrator of The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss.

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Harold And The Purple Crayon (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 reviews.
PuceEmu More than 1 year ago
I love this book and have loved it since I was little. I am almost 30 now and have two kids, ages 5 and 6 who still love it. The story breeds imagination and it is not necessary to be read, as kids can see from the pictures what is happening. I love to give this as a gift for ages 2-3, and they will love it for years! This classic is an essential for any library! The illustrations are break-through and inspire a new kind of imagination.
joro More than 1 year ago
It is a cute story that invites young children and readers to explore their imagination. This kind of book is good because it invites the children to leave the world of television and create theirown ideas. I found it very interesting that it only had one color but still invited you in. It is simple yet so good for children.
Alisa_Eggimann More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this book as a kid but I even enjoy it as an adult! I love the circular form it gives. I especially love how any kid can easily picture himself in Harold's shoes. With this book, teachers or parents could help a child learn by asking them what they would draw if they were Harold. I love this book because of the imagery it creates for anyone who reads it.
MP53 More than 1 year ago
This book is a favorite for many children. It is full of imagination! It lets the reaader imagine and travel with the character. I relates to the child and dreamer in all of us. It lets one believe in magic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is simple and speaks to children and adults alike. Many people are unaware of it, so it makes a great gift.
Nanaof5 More than 1 year ago
Harolds Purple Crayon was discovered in school by my Grandson. I know it was his favorite book to check out. I believe for a while it was the only book he checked out. He about wore the Library copy out. Cory is now 17 years old. A few years back he ask me to send it to his new little cousin. She was 4 at the time. My sister kept the book at her house and read it over and over to My little Great niece. Now my great Niece has a baby brother and today my sister informed me that between the two children Harolds Purple Crayon is their favorite book and they have about woren it out. I need to add that my Grandson's baby sister and my other Grand Daughter also loved this book. When I passed on the thanks today from my Sister to my Grandson for sending this much loved book to them I also spoke to my Grand Daughter. She told me she still wants a new copy of this little book. She is now 14 almost 15. I ask her why this book was so special. Kodi told me Because he could go anywhere he wanted just by drawing it with his purple crayon. While she seems too old maybe for this book I just ordered her another one and will give it to her for her birthday. She will hold on to it for her children ( a long way off at this time). I also ask my sister to hang on to the copy we sent to her and it will go back to my Grandson for his children someday. I have given and read many books to my Children and GrandChildren but this little book has been an all time favorite and seems to be the closest to their hearts even today. Please do not miss the chance to share this book with your little ones. Sincerely Nana of 5
Jfergy7577 More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! it helps spark the imagination & show kids that they can go anywhere & do anything! My little one is hard to entertain & this book does the trick! I love reading it to her which is a must in the books we buy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every child should have this book.
WorldNews More than 1 year ago
Harold is cute, sweet and adorable. The illustrations, or I should say the lines that Harold draws with his crayon go on into the next page and continue on like a cloud, light and fluffy. It kind of takes me to never, never, land. Harold is so happy go lucky with his Crayon and is fun and inviting. A fresh breath of fresh air as Harold takes us into a world of imagination. What will Harold draw next? It reminds me when I drew a rabbit family on the wall when I was a child. My father said it was okay for each of us six kids to color on the wall as he was getting ready to paint it. Harold reminds me of days gone by. Whimsical and with a free spirit the author was ingenious with this idea. It is a cute little book that every child should have in their collection. I give this book a two thumbs up! Go Harold!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter (a young mother) discovered this book as part of a recommended reading list for an Elementary Education class. It's a wonderful story about a little boy who creates his world with his purple crayon as he goes along. The illustrations are simple but effective. My daughter shared the book with me and I liked it so much I bought a copy for her and another to have at my home. My 3-year-old grandson loves it; it's one of his favorite books. (As a lifelong avid reader, I have more books at my home than toys for my grandchildren!)
mrbewley More than 1 year ago
Bought this as a gift - Has been a favorite since childhood and have shared with my son. Explores where you can go and what you can do with an imagination. The story is simple and easy to read.
sheppone More than 1 year ago
We wore the first copy of this book out; my son had to read it at least twice every night for months. With a simple story and even simpler drawings, Crockett teaches children that your imagination can take you any where and that it's okay to color outside of the lines.
Terri_M More than 1 year ago
I remember this book as a kid, although we didn't have it at home. My son loves this book because he is obsessed with the moon, and a crescent moon is a centerpiece of this story. Harold draws his world with a purple crayon and the story chronicles his adventure until he becomes tired and wants to go home. He ends up drawing his bedroom window and "drawing" up the covers to go to bed. A cute story that encourages creative thought and stimulates interesting conversations about imagination.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book teaches children that if they go out for an adventure and don't find one, to create one for themselves. This makes every day a special day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can remember checking this book out of the school library atleast once a month because I loved it soo much and I would dream that I too could draw an imaginary vacation to somewhere and still til this day I love this book and would recommend it to not only children but adults as well!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember that this book was my brother's favorite when he was little. He asked my mom to read it to him all the time. I especially liked the part when he drew all the pies and ate them with his moose friend. This is a really cute story.
claire.cavell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Harold uses his purple crayon and his imagination to go for a little walk. He first draws a moon which follows him on his journey. Harold is always careful never to get lost. He first draws an apple tree and then a dragon to guard it. He then falls into an ocean but Harold's quick thinking drew him a boat. Harold's sequence of adventures made him tiered and on another mission to find his window and bed. He drew a whole city of windows but none of them were his. He then realized that he always saw the moon from his window so he drew one around the moon. He then drew his bed and tucked himself in.
ReadAloudDenver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Where can a purple crayon take you? Wherever your imagination takes you. For Harold, it was on adventures out in a boat at sea, high up in a balloon and up to the top of a mountain. The illustrations and story will help your child develop narrative skills where they describe the story in their own words.
amandawebster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A darling story about a boy who draws a world of his own with his purple crayon. He needs moonlight, so he draws a moon; he needs a path to walk on, so he draws one. He looks for his room, but eventually draws it himself and crawls into bed.
Rita6 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Harold and the Purple Crayon,¿ is all about imagination. This book will help children to use their imagination and think outside the box the next time they pick up a crayon.
kmeling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Adorable! Led to a series of other "Harold" books
smaashthemac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remember this book from when I was a child, and enjoyed it just as much reading it this time as I did then. It reminds me of Where the Wild Things Are, in the sense that the main character creates a world of his own before bedtime. It inspires great imagination, because Harold realizes that he can create anything he wants with his purple crayon. Then, when he starts to miss home and get nervous about not being able to find his window, he figures out how to solve the problem all by himself. The illustrations are fun and simple, in black and white and purple, which is fitting. The story is simple and fun and easy to follow. All in all, this is a great classic picture book.
kyoder06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Modern FantasyAge Appropriateness: primaryMedia: pen, ink, paintThis is a good example of modern fantasy because we see Harold go on all kinds of adventures with his purple crayon that are unrealistic. As the reader we see him creating a world by drawing it with the purple crayon but in reality this is not possible. He drew mountains, water, houses, etc.
stevetempo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my all-time favorites when I was a little tike. I read it over and over. I even had my own purple crayon :-). The perfect book for an explorer and a dreamer.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One night, the self-reliant Harold couldn't sleep, so he decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.Using his crayon, he makes everything he needs - including the moon. He gets himself into accidental trouble with his crayon (accidentally making a sea, not making the second half of a mountain, making a city full of windows to get lost in), but he always manages to save himself with the same crayon (making a boat, a hot air balloon, and finally his own window "right around the moon").He even puts himself to bed at the end, knowing he's tired.Who wouldn't want a kid as independent and responsible as this kid?It's truly a fantastic book, and you should definitely not ignore it.