Harold and the Purple Crayon

By Crockett Johnson,

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Book description

From beloved children’s book creator Crockett Johnson comes the timeless classic Harold and the Purple Crayon! This imagination-sparking picture book belongs on every child's bookshelf, and this board book edition features sturdy pages and is just the right size for young dreamers. 

One evening Harold decides to go for a…

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2 authors picked Harold and the Purple Crayon as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

A child and his crayon bring a world to life. I can’t think of a better example of the power of the imagination. I was a slow reader throughout elementary school. I preferred books with lots of pictures instead of a lot of words. So, it’s no surprise that I fell in love with Harold and his purple crayon. This book inspired me to create drawings of my own… and eventually just as Johnson does in this classic picture book, I began to combine my drawings with words. I began telling stories. 

From Wade's list on ignite your imagination.

Very few books can enchant a child as much as Harold and the Purple Crayon. Full of wonder and the exploration of a world Harold creates along the way, this classic by Crockett Johnson has fascinated children since it was first published in 1955. It fascinated me so much as a child, that for fun at age six, I wrote and illustrated several of my own stories about Harold. Although I must admit, I was always a bit worried he was trapped in his purple crayon reality. Even though Harold seemed satisfied with drawing his bedroom, I was never…

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