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Harold and the Purple Crayon (Harold #1)

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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-hea ...more
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Published 1996 by Bloomsbury (first published 1955)
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Brad
Mar 30, 2008 Brad rated it really liked it
I read this many, many times to my twins, and they liked it well enough, but they much preferred Where the Wild Things Are and Stone Soup. I wasn't sure why, but I never gave it much thought until now.

Now, you see, my little Scoutie Kat loves Harold and the Purple Crayon, and I think it is because I finally figured out the voice for reading aloud. One night last month we were sitting around, and I was exhausted, so rather than try to muster energy and liven up proceedings, I simply went with my
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Richard
This is a book about an insomniac toddler who gets out of bed and goes wandering around at night armed with a magic crayon.

What were his parents thinking? Didn't they realize that you should put toddlers to bed early and make sure they stay there? And didn't they know that you shouldn't give magical objects to young children? Harold could have fallen out of bed and ended up with an owie. What is worse, he could have gotten lost, eaten, injured, kidnapped, jailed or drowned.

This book should be p
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بثينة العيسى
Mar 16, 2017 بثينة العيسى rated it it was amazing
تقرأ كأنك تحلم.
Benjamin Winkler
Sep 26, 2011 Benjamin Winkler rated it it was amazing
Crockett Johnson's allegorical retelling of Books 1-6 of Vergil's Aeneid is still as powerful today as when it was originally published in 1955. After being startled by a "dragon" guarding apples - a reference to the Achaian menace brought on by the Golden Apple of Discord - Harold/Aeneas is forced into an involuntary sea voyage, accompanied only by the moon (here a stand-in for his patroness/mother Venus). He lands in a pleasant country, and enjoys a seaside feast (the wealth and luxury of Cart ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Harold and the Purple Crayon (Harold #1), Crockett Johnson pseudonym for David Johnson Leisk
عنوان: هارولد و مداد شمعی بنفش کتاب 1؛ نویسنده و تصویرگر: کراکت جانسون؛ مترجم: فاطمه حجوانی؛ تهران، قدیانی، 1390؛ در 64 ص، مصور، فروست: مجموعه قصه های هارولد 1؛ شابک: 9789645367204؛ موضوع: داستانهای خیال انگیز کودکان از نویسندگان قرن 20 م
هارولد، پسر چهار ساله، شب هنگام از خانه بیرون میرود تا قدم بزند. همه جا تاریک است، اما هارولد مداد بنفشش را با خودش آورده است. او با مداد بنفش، یک ماه در آسمان و یک راه ب
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Dustin Crazy little brown owl
This book is Amazing! I love this story of imagination & imagery! My favorite part toward the end:
"And then Harold made his bed.
He got in it and he drew up the covers."
This is so perfect on so many levels. The sad thing is I don't remember reading this as a child - I am just discovering The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon at age 30 - Where have you been all my life Harold? If you're like me or if you've read it before - do yourself a favor and read this book - rediscover a world o
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Kathryn
Jun 29, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
A true classic and for good reason! A marvelous story about all the places imagination (and a purple crayon) can take you! Don't let the book's apparent "simplicity" fool you--this is a treasure.

I'm a creative person, but I'm not especially artistic in terms of drawing/painting/etc. so I could both appreciate Harold's creative spirit and his artistic talents that are beyond me! That said, I think even though Harold uses a purple crayon, the imagination and creativity can be so relevant to variou
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Mattia Ravasi
Jun 03, 2016 Mattia Ravasi rated it it was amazing
Harold and his purple crayon break diegetic barriers as if it's nobody's business. Postmodern as fuck.
Stephanie
May 13, 2009 Stephanie rated it liked it
I remember reading Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson, as a child, so when I saw the book on the library shelves, I decided to check it out for my older daughter. When I read it to her, the feelings of disquietude that had plagued me as a child when I read the book (and which I had forgotten) were reawakened. Harold and the Purple Crayon is upsetting because it is not a journey into the imagination or even into a real yet magical world (a la Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things ...more
Patrick
Dec 26, 2014 Patrick rated it it was amazing
Some books are classics for a reason. This is one of those books.

I'd happily recommend this book for kids of any age range. They're delightful, and my boys enjoy having them read and re-read to them.
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 John Yelverton rated it really liked it
Such a fun children's book about a child's imagination and what he can do with it, with the right tools.
Scott Rhee
Oct 03, 2013 Scott Rhee rated it it was amazing
Crockett Johnson's wonderful little book "Harold and the Purple Crayon" is a classic among children's literature. I have many fond memories of this book (and the other Harold books) about an adorable toddler with an active imagination and a magical crayon that allows him to bring to life anything he draws. I never had a problem with the book as a child, but my cynical (and science fiction/fantasy-addled) adult brain's re-reading uncovers the horrific implications within the story, implications t ...more
Robert Tabb
Aug 13, 2007 Robert Tabb rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with an Imagination
Shelves: topten
I just love this book (even though my wife insists I never pronounce the word crayon correctly. She says I say "crown"). As an author I try to emulate what Harold does in this book. First, go looking for an adventure. Next, add some obstacles, a little humor, a moose, some pie, and some narrow escapes. Finally, when you're all done, find your way home and get some rest. If I was ever stranded on a desert island, this would be the book I'd want to have with me.
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
In Defense of Purple Prose
by Paul West
http://www.nytimes.com/1985/12/15/boo...

Like with reading Finnegans Wake and following Jesus, become as like a little child.....
John
Jan 02, 2009 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-top-100-books
Harold is probably the most influential character in all of literature in our family
Daniel
Nov 28, 2007 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
One of the all-time best books to foster creativity in children. A must for EVERY child's bookshelf.
midnightfaerie
Aug 15, 2012 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Our whole family loves Harold. Out of all of his stories, this is one of our favorites, because we just love following him along on his drawing adventure. I idea that you can create worlds just by drawing them both fascinates and horrifies my children. My 3 yr old twins already shout "Harold!" whenever they see me pull out of of his books, and my 5 yr old, often requests these. Bringing back memories from my childhood watching Romper Room, and singing "Well you know my name is Simon...", always ...more
Spider the Doof Warrior
May 25, 2009 Spider the Doof Warrior rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-love-this-book
This was the first book I remember loving. I remember going to the school library and snatching it off the shelf happy to read about Harold creating his own world with a purple crayon.
Purple was my favourite colour when I was a kid too.
I wish I owned a copy of it. It brings back happy childhood memories.
Andreea
Jul 17, 2016 Andreea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
O cărticică inventivă pentru preșcolari. Ajută la imaginație! :)
Scott Krause
Jan 10, 2008 Scott Krause rated it it was amazing
Duh!
Angela Skeie
Jan 25, 2008 Angela Skeie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Broaden your horizons
Recommended to Angela by: Mommy
Shelves: william-s-books
Eleven.
Amy
Dec 21, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
Oh dear, this one is tough to rate. My niece and nephew had *completely* different opinions of this book. My niece loved it, and she told me to, "give that one five stars on Goodreads." Well, that isn't going to happen, because my nephew *hated* it. He was sighing, he was squirming, and it was just obvious that while he was interested in what Harold was drawing, this book was also boring him to tears. When we finished the book he said, "Amy, I don't like that story. I just want a cool book!" So ...more
Brittany Young
Sep 11, 2011 Brittany Young rated it it was ok
The first thing I noticed about this book was how small it was. It was the size of my palm, which would make it perfect for a young child’s hands. It had a deep purple cover, with a gray toned Harold on it. He really stuck out against the dark background. The cover is a wrap-around image, connecting Harold’s scribbles with his purple crayon. The illustrations inside are all white, and seemingly drawn by Harold and his purple crayon. It really looked like Harold was illustrating his story. The te ...more
Margaret Chind
Apr 01, 2012 Margaret Chind rated it really liked it
Recommended to Margaret by: HarperCollins Treasury of Picture Book Classics
I had never really found an interest in reading this book before recently. By a glance I assumed it was about a boy drawing on his walls with a Crayon. It was by chance that we downloaded a sample book app for the Kindle Fire and my toddler has been able to play with a few scenes. As app it is very neat. Then when we got our hands on Harper Collins Treasury Of Picture Book Classics: A Child's First Collection she saw the book fiver for Harold and insisted we read Harold tonight. In the end I'm g ...more
Jackie
Nov 01, 2008 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: every parent to read to every child
Shelves: children
I loved this book as a young child. I had to be about 4 when I read Harold by myself. And what an adventure, I have never forgotten Harold or his purple crayon. Purple is still my favorite color.
Harold and The Purple Crayon is my most treasured Children's book to this very day.
I read it to my son and he also remembers Harold and his purple crayon most fondly.
What I loved most about this book is Harold's imagination; he went everywhere with that little purple crayon without ever leaving his room
...more
Stephanie Tara
Mar 14, 2012 Stephanie Tara rated it it was amazing
The year was 1973, and I was 7 years old—it was 8pm, and I had just been put to bed. AND—I had just finished reading Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Did I want to go to sleep? NO. Did I own a purple crayon? I sure did! On my desk, in a small Crayola box, was a purple crayon, nestled in between blue and red crayons.

Well, need I say more? Vermeer would have been proud: as realistic forests, cities, deserts, oceans sprouted from every wall. My night light would have to do, for Mom and Dad were not y
...more
Juliana Duarte
Oct 04, 2011 Juliana Duarte rated it it was amazing
Harold and the Purple Crayon is a great book for primary education. It is a very unique book about a boy named Harold who goes on a walk with his purple crayon that can draw anything he wants. He starts off by drawing a sidewalk to walk on and a moon. Harold continues drawing as he goes on his walk and keeps going where ever his imagination takes him. Before Harold knows it he wants to go back to his window and bed but can't find his way back and finally draws his way back to his window and his ...more
Eli
Oct 19, 2016 Eli rated it did not like it
This book, was frankly garbage. I was expecting a story about a young boy on an adventure with colors, shapes, and sounds. But what I read was a monotone, drab, story about a boy who can bring stuff to life. I honestly found this blasphemous, a religiously hating story. Our children should not be exposed to the ideas of playing god, and certainly not call it enjoyable. And don't get me started on Harold-this child, dare I even call such a devil that- is such a nitwit. He believes that he can sur ...more
Carissa
Oct 05, 2009 Carissa rated it it was amazing
3.) Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Johnson, C. (1955) Harold and the purple crayon. HarperCollins Publishers.
Illustrated by Crockett Johnson
Summary: This story is about a little boy who draws pictures with a purple crayon. His pictures take him and the children reading the story on adventures all over the place. Children will love this story because it allows them to see and experience things they may not have ever seen before. I would use this story as a way to incorporate art
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Marissa Gloria
Sep 28, 2011 Marissa Gloria rated it it was amazing
This is another one of those books I see as a classic I think all kids should read. It really lets the imagination go wild being able to draw anything that comes to mind and it appears in "real life". I believe children would love reading this book. It isn't colorful but the pictures are very simple and go hand and hand with the words and though they are simple it is because it is about the purple crayon so all of the pictures are simply drawn by the crayon and that is why they aren't colorful. ...more
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“The sandy beach reminded Harold of picnics. And the thought of picnics made him hungry. So he laid out a nice simple picnic lunch.

There was nothing but pie. But there were all nine kinds of pie that Harold liked best.

When Harold finished his picnic there was quite a lot left. He hated to see so much delicious pie go to waste.

So Harold left a very hungry moose and a deserving porcupine to finish it up.”
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