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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
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published 1996 by Bloomsbury (first published 1955)
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Sofia Alessandrini Little kids. 2+ maybe. But I read it like last year and thought it was good. There's like hardly any words.
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Harold and the Purple Crayon (Harold #1), Crockett Johnson pseudonym for David Johnson Leisk
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: پانزدهم ماه آگوست سال 2012 میلادی
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 آ
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Brad
Mar 30, 2008 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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Alex
May 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: grown-ups
Here is the first betrayal in a long life of betrayals, child. Your parents told you it was a classic, didn't they? Their eyes were probably limpid with nostalgia as they gave it to you. "It's about imagination," they simpered. And you took it in your grubby little hands, and you put it in your grubby little mouth, and you thought, "THIS IS BORING."

"But it's about how creativity can take you anywhere!" they cried. And "yeah," you babbled: "Anywhere purple." Because that's all it is, child, isn'
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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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Chelsea Humphrey
This was my choice for the Popsugar prompt "A book with your favorite color in the title"

Children's book choice 2 out of 3 and I have to say, after all the hype surrounding what a fantastic book this is, I just didn't see it. Sure it's a cute read, but for something so beloved I expected a little... more? Anyway, on to the next one!

P.S. my kids weren't all that interested either so I guess it wasn't just me.
بثينة العيسى
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
تقرأ كأنك تحلم.
Benjamin Winkler
Sep 26, 2011 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
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 discovered 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 of imagina
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Manybooks
After finally having had a chance to read Crocket Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon (which I unfortunately never did get a chance to actually and actively encounter during my own childhood, although I had heard of its existence), and what in my humble opinion makes this timeless classic so very much and inherently, lastingly special is that with the simplicity of the accompanying illustrations, the author/illustrator shows children (no, he actually shows EVERYONE) that imagination and even ...more
Kathryn
Jun 29, 2009 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 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 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 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 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.
Ran
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai décidé lire des livres enfantines parce que j'ai besoin de pratiquer la langue française. J'ai lu le livre célèbre Le Petit Prince quand j'étais au lycée. Mais maintenant je voudrais lire des autres livres enfantines. Je prévois de lister des mots nouveaux que j'apprends à la fin de cette critique.

J'ai trouvé une copie de livre, Harold et le Crayon Violet, dans le catalogue biblioteque. Je sais, ce livre est originalment traduit de l'américaine, mais je dois commencer quelque part. Pourquo
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Scott Rhee
Oct 03, 2013 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 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 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 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.
Asha
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Hmm. Maybe I'd have liked it better if the crayon were blue.
Kate
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Simple, but super cute and well done!
midnightfaerie
Aug 15, 2012 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 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
O cărticică inventivă pentru preșcolari. Ajută la imaginație! :)
Scott Krause
Jan 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Duh!
Angela Skeie
Jan 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Broaden your horizons
Recommended to Angela by: Mommy
Shelves: william-s-books
Eleven.
Julie
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If your child doesn't love this book, you've got an engineer on your hands (not that there's anything wrong with that).
Steve Holden
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I had to spend some time Friday checking this one out again. It has long been on my shelf, and many students have fond memories of it and read it off and on throughout their year in my room. My familiarities of this were limited, and it became clear the night before. My wife and I love to play a live trivia game with family and friends at local restaurants and spots around town, and it ends with a final multiple-part question where you must get all parts correct to win points. Well, we had a chi ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This is a classic from 1955, but I'd never read it until now. I got the small board book edition but I think the regular paperback would have been better instead. Despite it being about a young toddler, the concept is fairly advanced and I don't know that really young kids would be able to follow it all that well.

Harold is, as I mentioned, a small toddler - he looks like a baby still, though he can walk - and draw. He has a purple crayon, and he uses it to draw a full-on adventure on his bedroo
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“But, luckily, he kept his wits and his purple crayon.” 4 likes
“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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