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The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon, Omnibus [Hardcover]

Crockett Johnson
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books (31 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006029129X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060291297
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 14.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely stories 13 Dec 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Harold and the purple crayon was a favourite of mine and my sisters' growing up in the 70s. Our son now loves these stories. I've heard they're releasing an app now, too, so will have to look out for that. This copy was second hand but in very good nick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime kid's book, one of the classics 9 Aug 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Crockett Johnson's "Harold The Purple Crayon" books are absolutely fantastic. I loved them as a kid, and though they're nearly 60 years old, they're absolutely timeless. Be warned though, you really want only the Crockett Johnson books and not the nasty, colourised new versions that completely miss the style and the point of the originals.

This little compilation of 4 of the original Harold books is delightful, and recently became a "book of the week" on [...]

The tale of a little boy and his magic crayon, and how he draws the world around him packed full of adventure and exploration.

If you can find this anywhere, it's an absolute treasure.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a parent's delight 2 Oct 2008
By M. Heiss - Published on Amazon.com
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I used to love reading this book to the kids, before the baby became a toddler (see below).

The drawings are clear. That little Harold is so darling -- all head and crayon and cuteness. The stories take Harold on adventures that always end safely at home in bed.

They are a fun way to imagine... what comes next? When we make up family stories, sometimes we try to find new directions to take a story, especially when one gets sidetracked (by silliness, grossness, etc. -- I have boys). These Harold stories do exactly the same thing: when Harold gets stuck, or nervous, or in danger, he just imagines his way out of it.

The books are very clever. The illustrations are basically line drawings, but they convey the story perfectly. I like this collection because it has 4 Harold stories together.

Anyway, my youngest went through a book-ripping phase about a year ago, so we put up all the books with pages and kept the board books down at his level. Somehow, Harold got misplaced. We got it out again this week, and to my joy, yesterday the 6-year old was reading it to the 3-year-old. They were laughing and giggling about the book, and I fell in love with the story all over again.

Awesome book.

***updated*** this book includes four stories:

Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harold's Fairy Tale
Harold's Trip to the Sky
Harold's Circus
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Second Book Review ( I'm Salena Legg, age 8) 16 Dec 2010
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I really liked "The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon" because it had adventures that I liked. I liked the designs that Harold drew on the wall, but I'm not allowed to draw on the wall. In the last chapter, Harold makes a circus that comes alive and he stands up on a rope and begins to fall and he tries to catch his balance. On the last page people are all around and give him a big hand of applause. He draws a lion without teeth then he sticks his head in the lion's mouth. Then he draws teeth. Then he draws monkey bar rings and he swings from ring to ring. He shoots out of a cannon. He draws a lemonade stand with a man selling lemonade. He draws a tall man and short guy. He draws a fat lady. He draws a clown. I will probably read the book again when I'm thirteen!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful, imaginative tale 9 Feb 2008
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on Amazon.com
When I encountered this book for the first time, I lamented the fact that I was unaware of it when my daughter was young. She would have loved it. Harold is a toddler with a magic purple crayon. With it, he can make anything he wants and engage in the most imaginative and creative adventures. When Harold needs something, he simply draws it.
Some of Harold's adventures are flying in a rocket, landing on another planet, meeting an alien, riding a shooting star back home and eating a bowl of hot oatmeal. The adventures are not structured in the sense that the next event is largely unpredictable, which is consistent with the wandering that a child's mind will do.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a nice edition of a great series 19 Mar 2014
By crystee - Published on Amazon.com
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everyone should have Harold and the purple crayon books, and with this edition, you can have them all at once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great treasury of Harold books, my toddler loves all the stories. 31 Dec 2013
By Betsy - Published on Amazon.com
In this book, you get four Harold stories... Growing up, I only knew of one, so this was exciting for me when I first read them to my toddler too.

Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harold's Fairy Tale
Harold's Trip to the sky
Harold's Circus

My toddler's least favorite is the Trip to the Sky.... I think because it is dark and there is no moon (and we usually read this at bedtime). I think his favorite is the Fairy Tale, as that has a castle in it.

Overall, the Purple Crayon boos are fabulous for getting kids used to thinking outside the box and using their imagination. Too many story books today are filled with blaring illustrations and busy designs that are there just to be eye catching, rather than enhance the story. Maybe that's why I am a Purple Crayon fan. There is beauty in simplicity.
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