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Harold's Circus (Harold #5)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  263 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
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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Aug 10, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it it was amazing
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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
Aug 16, 2014 Min rated it really liked it
The wonder and the power of pure imagination, brings the power of creation and happiness to our self-made world. It's about setting challenges and believing in what is possible.
I adore these books.
Sep 18, 2015 Yvonne rated it liked it
I love the Harold books. This one was cute with the elephant's trunk...
Sonya Feher
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.
Timothy Boyd
Mar 15, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorite series of books as a young beginning reader. My imagination was a lot like Harold's I just didn't have the crayon to make things happen. If you have kids or grand-kids these are a great set of book to introduce them to the world of reading. Highly recommended.
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
Aug 05, 2014 L rated it really liked it
Precious, creative story, great perspective, lovely simple drawings, and all quite powerful given that it's a little boy and a purple crayon. Loved it.
Elizabeth S
Jul 31, 2011 Elizabeth S rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-picture
More wonderful Harold. What do you do if you fall off the tight-rope? Well, if you have a purple crayon, a curve might suddenly appear to catch you. :)
Nov 14, 2010 Liz rated it really liked it
Not as good as the first. Some very dated ideas in here, but cute as a kid's book, and especially taken as a piece of Americana of the 1960s.
Rachel Ayers
Jul 23, 2012 Rachel Ayers rated it liked it
I didn't like this one as much as Harold's Fairy Tale or Harold's Purple Crayon, but it was still good. And the elephant was cool.
Sep 15, 2010 Tiffany rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
I like all of the Harold books--the feats he accomplishes in his two-dimensional space is so clever.
Tracy Morton
Mar 03, 2013 Tracy Morton rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I had the children predict what Harold was drawing. It kept them engaged.
Jul 11, 2013 Dani rated it really liked it
Harold y el circo: bienvenidos al grandioso espectaculo del lapiz morado
Feb 28, 2011 Jean-Marie rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture_book
You can't go wrong with Harold and the Purple Crayon at bedtime.
Aug 04, 2009 Esther rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Enjoyed this sequel as much as the first.
Megan B
Nov 12, 2011 Megan B rated it it was amazing
I love that Harold and his purple crayon.
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