Harold and the Purple Crayon

By: Crockett Johnson

  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover, paperback
  • Published by Harpercollins Juvenile Books
  • Publication date: September 1977; originally published in 1955
  • Dimensions (in inches): 0.49 x 7.85 x 6.40
  • ISBN: 0060229357

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KidSource OnLine Book Review

This is a wonderful tale of imagination, creativity and problem solving skills. Harold is a small, very cute child, who literally creates the world around him by drawing it with his big purple crayon. His imagination leads him from one adventure to another and his trusty crayon helps him wherever he goes. Yet with each of these adventures, Harold shows his child readers that quick thinking, planning ahead and good judgement are important - and these skills won't diminish the fun or the extent of an adventure. These books have been read and loved by generations of children and you'll enjoy introducing Harold to your children.

While the reading level of this book is for ages 4 to 8, you can read it with a younger child for they will love the story and its simple, but creative pictures.


Description - From the inside book cover

One evening Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. But there wasn't any moon, and Harold needed a moon for a walk in the moonlight. Fortunately, he had brought his purple crayon. So he drew a moon. He also needed something to walk on. So he drew a path... And thus begins one of the most imaginative and enchanting adventures in all of children's books. The creative concept behind this beloved story has intrigued children and kept them absorbed for generations, as page by page unfolds the dramatic and clever adventures of Harold and his purple crayon.


Other Harold Adventure Stories by Crocket Johnson

Harold's ABC

Harold travels to the sky with the help of his purple crayon.

Reading Level: Ages 4 to 8

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Harold's ABC

Taking along his purple crayon, Harold journeys from A to Z, each letter generating a picture from which the word becomes part of an uninterrupted story.

Reading Level: Ages 4 to 8

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Harold's Circus

Taking along his purple crayon, Harold journeys from A to Z, each letter generating a picture from which the word becomes part of an uninterrupted story.

Reading Level: Baby - Preschool

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Harold's Fairy Tale : Further Adventures With the Purple Crayon

Unable to fall asleep one night, Harold takes his purple crayon and the moon along on a walk in an enchanted garden. But there are no flowers in the garden. So he draws a castle and a king. Harold also comes across a witch, a flying carpet and a good fairy before he gets back safely to his own home. Full color. (Synopsis from Amazon.com)

Reading Level: 4 to 8

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