4th out of 20 books — 4 voters
Harold's Circus (Harold #5)
Purple crayon in hand, Harold draws a tightrope and falls into a circus [where he has many adventures]. As in the previous books, the dauntless Harold is resourceful and loveable." SLJ.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published May 20th 1981 by HarperCollins
(first published 1959)
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My twins really loved this one. We went to the circus last summer and the kids remember it just enough to love this book. This time Harold experiences the show first hand. From riding elephants to being a clown, from riding on the backs of horses to being shot out of a cannon, you have it all in this exciting circus story that Harold finds himself drawn in. It's enjoyed by all my children, no matter the age, including me, as I love to read them to the kids. I'd put them somewhere between a level...more
Okay, what kind of children's book uses the words "splendid exhibition"? Johnson's willingness to speak up to children makes the Harold stories more engaging than many for kids. Additionally, the simplicity of the illustrations manages to imply a much more detailed and colorful picture than one actually sees. A fun read.
Who doesn't love the adventures of Harold and his purple crayon? I love the simplicity of the drawings and the fact that young readers can easily re-tell the story by reading the pictures or make up their own stories. Read June 20, 1012