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The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon, Omnibus Hardcover – 31 May 2000

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books (31 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006029129X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060291297
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Fantastic timeless visual book ....I adored it and most of all my children. The stories inside ( this omnibus has 4 stories) twist and turn with every page as Harold draws the next part of his adventure, generating a sense of excitement and surprise. The accompanying text is also far richer than most preschool books which makes it so rich and so delightful. I wish I had known this book when I was a child!
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357 of 366 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d629c84) out of 5 stars Harold, creator of worlds.... 16 Feb. 2002
By OAKSHAMAN - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Yes, I am a 45 year old man writing a review for a children's book, and, no, I do not think that I ought to be ashamed of myself. A short while ago I stumbled upon a copy of this book by accident and I could't believe the flood of warm and pleasant memories that it brought back. This was perhaps my favorite childhood book, along with the sequels. Maybe this was because from my earliest memories I always wanted to be an artist, and that is what Harold was, an artist with a magic purple crayon. He was more than an artist, he was a creator of worlds. That was important, he wasn't presented as a trivial person doing "art", he was the creative force behind whole new worlds. Or "co-creator", for he often seemed as surprised as the reader at what flowed out of that crayon. While I didn't become an artist, I did work for most of my life as a draftsman and designer. I've seen many, many things in the real world start life as a drawing on my board or computer screen. I think that I kept faith with Harold....
189 of 203 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d629cd8) out of 5 stars What Is Reality? 30 April 2006
By Andrew Schonbek - Published on
Format: Paperback
This splendid little book starts with the protagonist, Harold, "...thinking it over for some time" and deciding to go for a walk in the moonlight.

This may seem unremarkable, but it is not.

There is no moon. There is nothing to walk on. There is nowhere to go.

For the only things that are real are Harold and the purple crayon. Otherwise, the universe in which he finds himself is apparently empty; nothing else is present. But what does nothing look like? It looks like nothing - a blank sheet of paper. But that kind of nothing is just exactly what is needed when what one is holding in one's hand is a purple crayon. And so the adventure gets underway.

The first thing Harold does on setting out is draw a horizontal line.

This may seem unimportant, but it is not.

For what he has drawn is the horizon, and this means that now he is standing on the ground. He can walk on it too...

Next he draws the moon (necessary if the walk is indeed to be in the moonlight). Harold draws it above the horizon - this means that it is in the sky. Now there is a reference point for height, and a world of three dimensions has come into being.

Off he goes, drawing a path, a forest (with only one tree so he won't get lost in it) and a dragon to guard the apples that are growing in the tree. Here the creator encounters unintended consequences, as the dragon that he has wrought is so fearsome as to frighten even him. Harold backs away, his hand shaking, inadvertently drawing a wavy line as he goes.

The wavy line traces out waves, and before he knows it, Harold is underwater in an ocean. He rescues himself by drawing a boat and makes his way to an unknown distant shore.

The rest of the story is about Harold's trying to find his way back home. On the way there are more adventures as Harold searches far and wide. He creates an entire city with many windows but none of them is his.

But then, he remembers how he used to see the moon through the window of his room. And all that is needed for homecoming is to draw a box around the moon - now he is inside looking out.

As Harold draws his bed around him and goes to sleep, I found myself pondering what's real and what is not, and reflecting on those moments when we wonder where we really are and how we ever got to be here.
108 of 114 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d0680e4) out of 5 stars The opening of an impressionable child's eyes 6 May 2000
By Scott Brickey - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read this book when I borrowed it from the library in my elementary school. I am now 18, and still reminisce on my beloved journeys around the world in a hot air balloon with Harold. This is the book that I borrowed for the first time, and then got it later again and again. It is one of the first books that ever opened my mind up to the total loss of imagination to all possibilities. Every time I read it I would think of many more adventures Harold could have had with his mystical purple crayon. Even to this day, I can think of no better book to give a child's imagination a glimpse of what possibilities there are. It is easy reading for the youngest of believers, but gives thought of what could be to even the oldest readers. I personally was not a child who favored reading, but this book was one of the few that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was one that I would read in the library while the class was still in it, and then would bring home for further enjoyment. I cannot recommend this book higher for any child whose imagination can run wild.
45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d629f60) out of 5 stars Good Book for Young Readers, and for Parents to Read Aloud 4 April 2003
By Heather Harpel - Published on
Format: Paperback
Most people remember Harold and the Purple Crayon, and wont need to read reviews before buying this for their kids. If you somehow didn't read the Harold books when you were young, you will read many other reviews that say they are great books that have stood the test of time, I agree. The story is simple and easy to follow, the illustrations are equally simple, but the story grabs kids attention. There is something magical about Harold and his adventures, as he draws various things, they become real. It is the magic that sparkles in every child's mind, imagination. Harold is also plucky and resourceful, when he accidentally draws an ocean and falls in, or accidentally leaves a mountain unfinished and falls off, he doesn't panic, but thinks a way out and draws a boat and a hot air balloon to climb into. What a guy! The story is often humorous, a big plus with kids, but not overly so. It has a quiet and calm feel to it, and that combined with the fact that Harold gets tired and goes to bed in the end makes it a wonderful bedtime book. It is also great for young readers (probably Level 2), the words are for the most part short and not too hard. My daughter is a slow reader and has only been reading on her own for about 6 or 7 months and she read this with almost no help, I only had to guide her through a few difficult words. It is a lot of pages for a young reader, but since there is only one or two sentences per page, the story isn't that long. The book also appeals to a wide range of ages, it keeps the attention of my three year old, but doesn't seem like a baby book for my ten year old. I think it stems from the fact that, even though the story is so simple it never once talks down. Adults will also appreciate Harold, even those who don't look on him with fond memories. My husband had never read the book Harold and the Purple Crayon when he was young, after reading it for the first time he chuckled and said "What a great book." If you've never read it, buy it, I am sure you will agree!
38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d62b1bc) out of 5 stars My brother and I share great memories of this little book. 8 Mar. 1998
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Format: Hardcover
I recently ran into the paperback version of this book and sent a copy to my brother - Harold - to read to his kids. I remembered reading it when we were kids. When he received it in the mail, he called to thank me and shared something very special. Harold is dyslexic and recalls that this book was one of the few he could read and relate to as a child. He is an electrical contractor and to this day, he ONLY uses a purple crayon on his jobs to mark electrical outlets and boxes. So - if your ever in Boulder,Co. and you happen to see a big blonde guy on a construction sight drawing outlets in purple - Well - that's Harold and his purple crayon.
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