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Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
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Jan 30, 2012

really liked it
Read in January, 2012

This book made me think of my nephew: he doesn’t talk at all, but he draws and colors all the time. Harold is the same way. This book, targeted toward preschool-aged children, is small, yet has a portrait orientation, which makes it easier for Harold to draw his pictures as tall as he needs them to be. Every aspect of this book is designed so that Harold can do whatever his imagination wants, and so that the children reading this book will be able to easily identify what is happening by simply looking at the illustrations. The text boxes are along the bottom of every page, leaving the vast majority of the space to be filled in by Harold’s crayon. The only color in the illustrations, which use the entire page, is the purple of the crayon. Harold’s skin is shaded, but besides that, his clothing and all of his surroundings are outlined in black, and filled with the color of the paper it is printed on. The cover of the book, however, shows Harold wielding his purple crayon, while he wears some snazzy blue footie jammies and colors all over a brown background. The establishing shot portrays Harold in a similar situation, but without the color. He has scribbled all over the paper and is now ready for an adventure. The things he draws are easily identifiable to young readers, and clearly tell the story of what he is experiencing.

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