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Harold and the Purple Crayon

Updated on February 3, 2013

Harold and the Purple Crayon

"Harold and the Purple Crayon" is one of the world's most beloved children's books. It's hard to believe it was written over fifty years ago, in 1955, by Crockett Johnson. It is a timeless celebration of creativity enjoyed by countless generations. The main character is a boy named "Harold," who explores the world in a special way: by drawing it with a purple crayon!

Carrying a purple crayon, Harold creates a magical world by simply drawing it. From the moment Harold decides to go for a walk in the moonlight and draws a moon, readers are captivated. Yes, you can draw your own reality, and Harold proves it.

This is a story filled with imagination and beauty. Intended for ages 4 through 8, it appeals to the "child" in each of us, awakening our creativity and inspiring us to dream big because the possibilities are limitless.

You can preview the book and experience it for yourself at "Harold and the Purple Crayon".

Harold and the Purple Crayon 50th Anniversary

Harold and the Purple Crayon 50th Anniversary
Harold and the Purple Crayon 50th Anniversary

What is Harold and the Purple Crayon?

A Wonderfully Creative Book by Crockett Johnson

"Harold and the Purple Crayon" is a 1955 childrens' book by Crockett Johnson. Johnson's most popular book, it inspired a series.

The protagonist, Harold, is a curious four-year-old boy who, with his purple crayon, has the power to create a world of his own simply by drawing it.

Harold wants to go for a walk in the moonlight, but there is no moon, so he draws one. He has nowhere to walk, so he draws a path. He has many adventures looking for his room, but, in the end, he draws his own house and bed and goes to sleep.

The story was adapted into an Emmy Award-winning HBO television show and a 2002 short film. The television show can be found on HBO On Demand and is a jaunt into the imagination of a little boy who just cannot seem to fall asleep. The program is especially intended for preschool aged children.

Harold "drew up the covers."

Harold "drew up the covers."
Harold "drew up the covers."

Top rated reviews

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Simple yet engaging, Harold and the Purple Crayon -- the game -- captures the spirit of the original book by Crockett Johnson, first published in 1955. This delightfully clever and well-designed storytelling game encourages children to develop their imaginations as well as reading, memory and communications skills.

The rules are clear and flexible enough to allow play to be fun and not brutally competitive. Players choose a card, draw the object pictured, and use it to tell a story. The story unfolds as players add more pictures. The player able to repeat the entire story, from beginning to end, wins.

Although designed for kids 4-7 to play themselves, don't exclude parents or kinder older siblings from joining this charming game. Like the book, it is a tribute to the wonders of imagination.

The DVD version

The DVD version
The DVD version

"Harold and the Purple Crayon - See it right here!

Harold on DVD - DVDs of Harold and the Purple Crayon... and More Harold Stories!

Harold and the Purple Crayon - The Complete Series
Harold and the Purple Crayon - The Complete Series

Actors: Sharon Stone, Connor Matheus

Producers: Helen Kalafatic, Jeff Kline

Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC

Number of discs: 2

 
Harold and the Purple Crayon... and More Stories to Spark the Imagination
Harold and the Purple Crayon... and More Stories to Spark the Imagination

Actors: Harold & the Purple Crayon

Format: Animated, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC

Number of discs: 1

 
Harold and the Purple Crayon - Let Your Imagination Soar
Harold and the Purple Crayon - Let Your Imagination Soar

Actors: Sharon Stone, Connor Matheus

Producers: Helen Kalafatic, Jeff Kline

Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC

 
Scholastic Storybook Treasures Bundle 2008 (Amazon.com Exclusive)
Scholastic Storybook Treasures Bundle 2008 (Amazon.com Exclusive)

Actors: Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker, James Earl Jones, Hank Azaria, Randy Travis

Directors: various

Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC

Number of discs: 6

 
Harold and the Purple Crayon - New Worlds to Explore
Harold and the Purple Crayon - New Worlds to Explore

Actors: Sharon Stone, Connor Matheus

Producers: Helen Kalafatic, Jeff Kline

Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC

 

Harold and the Purple Crayon Game

Harold and the Purple Crayon Game
Harold and the Purple Crayon Game

"Harold and the Purple Crayon Game" Available Here! - Click for More Information or to Purchase

The Complete Harold Book Collection by Crockett Johnson

Crockett Johnson's Creative Books for Kids

Harold and the Purple Crayon | Harold's Fairy Tale | Harold's Trip to the Sky
Harold at the North Pole | Harold's Circus | A Picture for Harold's Room
Harold's ABC | Harold's Purple Crayon Treasury

Excellent Crockett Johnson Links

Crockett Johnson on the Web

The best Crockett John Links on the Web are found here on the
Crockett Johnson Homepage.

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      Nadooa 4 years ago

      The best things are usually the classic ones :) I honestly have never heard of this book until now. Hopefully will be buying it the first chance I get :) Even old children songs are better than the new ones today! I made a lens about them. Props for this lovely lens!

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      spiffydoo 5 years ago

      How did this charmer escape my attention all these years, thanks for introducing me to this classic. This is Squidoo at its best.

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      Natalie W Schorr 5 years ago

      Harold is the BEST!

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      ottoblotto 5 years ago

      I LOVE Harold and the Purple Crayon!

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      MarriedinRed 5 years ago

      One of my favorite books growing up!

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      MarriedinRed 5 years ago

      One of my favorite books growing up!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Well I have never heard of Harold and the purple crayon until I read this and it's nice to know that Harold is one year older than me, it sound like a real fun book

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      jeff57 6 years ago

      Fun lens! 100 purple stars for you!

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      Aquavel 6 years ago

      Thanks Mickie, Itraider, and greenreviews! I also received it as a kid. But it wasn't until I was older and in art school that I reread it and fell head over heels in love with it. :D

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      You had me at "purple". My 2 year old grand child loves that color. Must get this book.

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      ltraider 6 years ago

      I used to to love reading this book to my kids. Good idea for a lens.

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      greenreviews 6 years ago

      This was one of my favorite books when I was younger. I received this book as a gift during a secret Santa in the third grade

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      Aquavel 6 years ago

      Thank you all for your enthusiasm, encouragement and shared loved of Harold!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for your support and encouragement Melanie, I've so much to learn, and am having an amazing time looking around Squidoo, I seem to want to fave nearly all the fantastic Lenses I look at, I'm so impressed. This one is delightful, I just loved the Video, totally adorable! Thank you for sharing this with us!

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      Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

      Fantastic! I love Harold and the Purple Crayon! Lensrolled to my purple lens.

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      Oh my Gosh, I LOVED Harold and the Purple Crayon when I was little. I remember asking my mom to renew it over and over. I never wanted to take it back to the library. I think I am going to buy myself a copy. After all, I might have a grandchild one of these days. Great lens!

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I have a copy of this book that I loved and now my kids do! Such a great book to stir the imagination of children any age. I'm adding this to my Pencil lens (even though it is a crayon) because it shares some of the excitement and wonder of art that I'm trying to reach on my page. Thanks!

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      missbat 7 years ago

      I never knew there were so many Harold books! Harold and his purple crayon were a staple in my bedtime reading. Great tribute to a fantastic book!

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      Aquavel 7 years ago

      Thanks so much for your comment, Bragova!

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      bragova 8 years ago

      I had to look at this, I love Harold! When I was teaching kindergarten I read his stories to the kids. (Fifty years is not so long, LOL. When I was the age of the intended audience Harold didn't exist yet.)

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      Aquavel 8 years ago

      Thanks for your feedback Wysiwigs & MoonMan!

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      3dMooNMaN 8 years ago

      CUTE !!!!! CUTE !!!!!! Little guy !!!!!!! 5 big huge stars ! RoLLLLLLLLLLLLLeD !!!!!!!!

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      Harold totally rocks :o) I loved this book as a child and made sure I bought one for my daughter when she was little. Nice lens and great subject! 5*

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      Aquavel 8 years ago

      I too, always loved Harold and The Purple Crayon. I find him similar to "The Little Prince," except that Harold draws his adventures and escapes with his magical crayon. 5*s!

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      jim 9 years ago

      I loved Harold and The Purple Crayon. I read it to my boys fairly often until they got older. We even watched the show on HBO sometimes. I never heard of the game it sounds like a lot of fun.

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      Webcodes LM 9 years ago

      I've borrowed this from the library and read it to my four year old. He really enjoyed it. I didn't know there was a DVD for this, I will consider purchasing it. Great lens. 5*.