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“Một cuốn sách tranh tinh tế và độc đáo, kể về một cậu nhóc đi dạo dưới ánh trăng, tung tăng tay cầm bút sáp tím, tự vẽ ra cho mình những chuyến phiêu lưu phi thường.” - The Horn Book “Niềm vui nằm ở những tình tiết bước ngoặt bất ngờ khiến người đọc không khỏi ngạc nhiên và bị cuốn hút không thể rời mắt, cùng với khiếu hài hước tuyệt vời.” - The New York Times


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“Một cuốn sách tranh tinh tế và độc đáo, kể về một cậu nhóc đi dạo dưới ánh trăng, tung tăng tay cầm bút sáp tím, tự vẽ ra cho mình những chuyến phiêu lưu phi thường.” - The Horn Book “Niềm vui nằm ở những tình tiết bước ngoặt bất ngờ khiến người đọc không khỏi ngạc nhiên và bị cuốn hút không thể rời mắt, cùng với khiếu hài hước tuyệt vời.” - The New York Times

30 review for Harold và Bút Sáp Màu Tím

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Harold and the Purple Crayon (Harold #1), Crockett Johnson pseudonym for David Johnson Leisk Harold and the Purple Crayon is a 1955 children's book by Crockett Johnson. This is Johnson's most popular book. It led to a series of other books, and inspired many adaptations. 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 dra Harold and the Purple Crayon (Harold #1), Crockett Johnson pseudonym for David Johnson Leisk Harold and the Purple Crayon is a 1955 children's book by Crockett Johnson. This is Johnson's most popular book. It led to a series of other books, and inspired many adaptations. 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, and in the end he draws his own house and bed and goes to sleep. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز پانزدهم ماه آگوست سال 2012میلادی عنوان: هارولد و مداد شمعی بنفش کتاب یک؛ نویسنده و تصویرگر: کراکت جانسون؛ مترجم: فاطمه حجوانی؛ تهران، قدیانی، 1390؛ در 64ص، مصور، فروست: مجموعه قصه های هارولدیک1؛ شابک 9789645367204؛ موضوع داستانهای خیال انگیز کودکان از نویسندگان ایالات متحده آمریکا - سده 20م هارولد، پسر چهار ساله، شب هنگام از خانه بیرون میرود، تا قدم بزند؛ همه جا تاریک است، اما «هارولد» مداد بنفشش را با خودش آورده است؛ او با مداد بنفش، یک ماه در آسمان، و یک راه بر روی زمین، نقاشی میکند؛ «هارولد» پیش از اینکه گام بردارد، باید با مداد بنفش، زمانی را که گامش بر آن فرود میآید، نقاشی کند؛ هنگامی که گرسنه است، با مداد بنفش غذا مهیا میکند؛ اژدهایی نقاشی میکند، اما از اژدها میترسد؛ با مداد بنفش، قایق نقاشی میکند و در آب شناور میشود؛ در تنهایی، نیاز به دوست را احساس میکند...؛ «هارولد»، پسر کنجکاوی ست که با مداد بنفشش، دنیای تازه ای میسازد؛ در دنیایی که ساخته، غول جادوگر را از پای درمیآورد، و باغ را سبز میکند، به آسمان سفر میکند، به قطب شمال میرود، در سیرک ماجرا میآفریند؛ او داخل تابلو میرود، و دو دنیای خیال و واقعیت را نزدیک به هم میبیند؛ شما نیز در این مجموعه ی هفت جلدی، همین خیال را تجربه میکنید: «به کودک درونتان اجازه دهید خودش باشد تا پرواز کند.»؛ سری «هارولد»، از کلاسیکهای ادبیات کودک در جهان است، و در سال 1955میلادی نوشته شده است؛ با اقتباس از همین مجموعه، فیلم، تئاتر، سریال تلویزیونی، انیمیشن و بازی رایانه ای ساخته و پرداخته شده، و در برنامه های درسی آموزش هنر نیز، از آنها سود میبرند؛ کودکان دیروز و امروز و فردا، و آدم بزرگهایی که کودک درونشان هنوز زنده است، دنیای «هارولد» را دوست میدارند، از آن لذت میبرند، شگفت زده میشوند، و خیالشان بال میگشاید تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 16/10/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    It’s amazing what one purple line can do for a story. Harold has a purple crayon and he goes on a journey with his imagination. The illustrations are simple and the book is enduring and cute. Everything is black and white ink drawings with that one purple crayon. It’s pretty brilliant what Crockett did here. The niece didn’t read this and the nephew is in a phase right now. He’s a bit of a handful and he is just out-of-sorts sometimes. He had been throwing tamtrums all evening. I thought he a sto It’s amazing what one purple line can do for a story. Harold has a purple crayon and he goes on a journey with his imagination. The illustrations are simple and the book is enduring and cute. Everything is black and white ink drawings with that one purple crayon. It’s pretty brilliant what Crockett did here. The niece didn’t read this and the nephew is in a phase right now. He’s a bit of a handful and he is just out-of-sorts sometimes. He had been throwing tamtrums all evening. I thought he a story might turn the tide and it did not. Anyway, he said this was a stupid story and he hated it. He gave it 1 star and told me not to read this kind of story to him anymore. He was wound up tonight. He didn’t want to go to sleep either. Not every night can be a good one. I do think he would enjoy this story at another time, so I might try and read it again.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    I read this many, many times to my twins, and they liked it well enough, but they much preferred Where the Wild Things Are and Stone Soup. I wasn't sure why, but I never gave it much thought until now. Now, you see, my little Scoutie Kat loves Harold and the Purple Crayon, and I think it is because I finally figured out the voice for reading aloud. One night last month we were sitting around, and I was exhausted, so rather than try to muster energy and liven up proceedings, I simply went with my I read this many, many times to my twins, and they liked it well enough, but they much preferred Where the Wild Things Are and Stone Soup. I wasn't sure why, but I never gave it much thought until now. Now, you see, my little Scoutie Kat loves Harold and the Purple Crayon, and I think it is because I finally figured out the voice for reading aloud. One night last month we were sitting around, and I was exhausted, so rather than try to muster energy and liven up proceedings, I simply went with my exhaustion, put in a pseudo-mid-western accent and languidly set off on Harold's journey. Turns out that languid is a big hit -- at least with Scoutie. Slow and steady and soothing is the voice she likes, and I discovered, much to my surprise, that I liked the story more than I ever had before. I think I'd always been reading it wrong, trying to make it into an adventure, rather than a journey to sleep. Silly me. I have it now, though, and I'll never read it another way again. (p.s. Until today I had it ranked at three stars, but I've added another now. Harold deserves it.)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Here is the first betrayal in a long life of betrayals, child. Your parents told you it was a classic, didn't they? Their eyes were probably limpid with nostalgia as they gave it to you. "It's about imagination," they simpered. And you took it in your grubby little hands, and you put it in your grubby little mouth, and you thought, "THIS IS BORING." "But it's about how creativity can take you anywhere!" they cried. And "yeah," you babbled: "Anywhere purple." Because that's all it is, child, isn' Here is the first betrayal in a long life of betrayals, child. Your parents told you it was a classic, didn't they? Their eyes were probably limpid with nostalgia as they gave it to you. "It's about imagination," they simpered. And you took it in your grubby little hands, and you put it in your grubby little mouth, and you thought, "THIS IS BORING." "But it's about how creativity can take you anywhere!" they cried. And "yeah," you babbled: "Anywhere purple." Because that's all it is, child, isn't it? It's just purple lines. "No," they protest, "it's pie and dragons!" Scribbly purple pies and dragons, and not the real thing. The real pie is in the refrigerator, the real dragons are in your sofa fort, and this is boring. You might as well know now, child: your parents are boring. Your teachers are boring. You will be assaulted on all sides by books that grown-ups think are good for you, and they will be boring. By the end of it, the love of reading will be crushed out of your body and you will become a lawyer. As you grow, you will face more boring books: Wind in the Willows Little House in the Big Woods Moby-Dick Proust They are all boring. Did your parents honestly like them? Yes, they did, because they were never children like you. They were born small adults, and they became big adults, and they have always liked boring things. Throw this book behind the changing table where no parent can retrieve it, and read these instead: Madeline Matilda Harriet the Spy Wuthering Heights Borges And if any grown-up tries to talk to you about Harold and his stupid crayon, bite them.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    This is a book about an insomniac toddler who gets out of bed and goes wandering around at night armed with a magic crayon. What were his parents thinking? Didn't they realize that you should put toddlers to bed early and make sure they stay there? And didn't they know that you shouldn't give magical objects to young children? Harold could have fallen out of bed and ended up with an owie. What is worse, he could have gotten lost, eaten, injured, kidnapped, jailed or drowned. This book should be p This is a book about an insomniac toddler who gets out of bed and goes wandering around at night armed with a magic crayon. What were his parents thinking? Didn't they realize that you should put toddlers to bed early and make sure they stay there? And didn't they know that you shouldn't give magical objects to young children? Harold could have fallen out of bed and ended up with an owie. What is worse, he could have gotten lost, eaten, injured, kidnapped, jailed or drowned. This book should be prohibited because it encourages neglect and shows a lamentable overuse of imagination.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a children's book, and it is the first book in the Harold series. I have read this book to my twin boys and my daughter a lot. I love this book, and one of my twin boys favorite color is purple. I love that the pictures is simple and super cute. Great book for little kids and toddlers. (*) This is a children's book, and it is the first book in the Harold series. I have read this book to my twin boys and my daughter a lot. I love this book, and one of my twin boys favorite color is purple. I love that the pictures is simple and super cute. Great book for little kids and toddlers. (*)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    This was my choice for the Popsugar prompt "A book with your favorite color in the title" Children's book choice 2 out of 3 and I have to say, after all the hype surrounding what a fantastic book this is, I just didn't see it. Sure it's a cute read, but for something so beloved I expected a little... more? Anyway, on to the next one! P.S. my kids weren't all that interested either so I guess it wasn't just me. This was my choice for the Popsugar prompt "A book with your favorite color in the title" Children's book choice 2 out of 3 and I have to say, after all the hype surrounding what a fantastic book this is, I just didn't see it. Sure it's a cute read, but for something so beloved I expected a little... more? Anyway, on to the next one! P.S. my kids weren't all that interested either so I guess it wasn't just me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Winkler

    Crockett Johnson's allegorical retelling of Books 1-6 of Vergil's Aeneid is still as powerful today as when it was originally published in 1955. After being startled by a "dragon" guarding apples - a reference to the Achaian menace brought on by the Golden Apple of Discord - Harold/Aeneas is forced into an involuntary sea voyage, accompanied only by the moon (here a stand-in for his patroness/mother Venus). He lands in a pleasant country, and enjoys a seaside feast (the wealth and luxury of Cart Crockett Johnson's allegorical retelling of Books 1-6 of Vergil's Aeneid is still as powerful today as when it was originally published in 1955. After being startled by a "dragon" guarding apples - a reference to the Achaian menace brought on by the Golden Apple of Discord - Harold/Aeneas is forced into an involuntary sea voyage, accompanied only by the moon (here a stand-in for his patroness/mother Venus). He lands in a pleasant country, and enjoys a seaside feast (the wealth and luxury of Carthage), accompanied by a "hungry moose" and a "deserving porcupine", allegories for Dido and her sister Anna. It is no accident that it is Anna who is the "deserving" one - Dido, who spurns Iarbas in favor of trying to divert Aeneas from his divine mission is satirized as thin and rapacious. Abandoning these at their banquet of overabundance, Harold/Aeneas continues his journey. He tries to climb a mountain to help locate his objective (the land where he is destined to settle), but it is only after a plunge into an abyss that he can gain enlightenment. Here Johnson has replaced the Roman conception of the underworld with a more strikingly literal representation - there "wasn't any other side" of the mountain, merely a void. Finally sensing that he is near to his destination, he passes first by a false house and then an entire false city - obvious metaphors for the false destinations such as Sicily which tempt the Trojan settlers. Harold/Aeneas "asks a policeman" (King Latinus) for directions, but, as Aeneas is guided by divine destiny, Latinus merely directs him "the way he was going anyway". Vergil's theme that a divine origin - and the firm religious foundation built upon this - is the wellspring of Roman glory is well symbolized by the ending; the journey of Harold/Aeneas ends when he embraces "pietas" and the destiny placed upon him by Venus, and builds his "room" around her (thus establishing the Roman race). Crockett Johnson's masterful interpretation of this theme through spartan monochrome illustrations offers a remarkable counterpoint to Vergil's ornate Latin verse. But the pinnacle of his creation lies in the titular instrument. It is no great exaggeration to say that Vergil's patron, Augustus, was at the time engaged in remaking Rome in his own image. The author's metaphor is dual - Harold is not merely Aeneas, founder of the Romans. He is Augustus, the fulfillment of the Aeneid's central prophecies, redrawing Rome with an imperial purple crayon.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dustin the wind Crazy little brown owl

    This book is Amazing! I love this story of imagination & imagery! My favorite part toward the end: "And then Harold made his bed. He got in it and he drew up the covers." Harold and the Purple Crayon is perfect on so many levels. It all starts when Harold wants to go for a walk in the moonlight. He can't see any moon so he draws one with his purple crayon. The moon is then a companion for duration of this magical adventure. The sad thing is I don't remember reading this as a child - I discovered The This book is Amazing! I love this story of imagination & imagery! My favorite part toward the end: "And then Harold made his bed. He got in it and he drew up the covers." Harold and the Purple Crayon is perfect on so many levels. It all starts when Harold wants to go for a walk in the moonlight. He can't see any moon so he draws one with his purple crayon. The moon is then a companion for duration of this magical adventure. The sad thing is I don't remember reading this as a child - I discovered The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon at age 30 - Where have you been all my life Harold? If you're like me or if you've read it before - do yourself a favor and read this book - rediscover a world of imagination and simplicity. I like Harold and the Purple Crayon better than Where the Wild Things Are, which is a book of similar material, although not quite as simplistic. Favorite Passages: He didn't want to get lost in the woods. So he made a very small forest, with just one tree in it. ______ His hand holding the purple crayon shook. Suddenly he realized what was happening. But by then Harold was over his head in an ocean. He came up thinking fast. And in no time he was climbing aboard a trim little boat. _____ After he had sailed long enough, Harold made land without much trouble. _____ He hoped he could see his bedroom window from the top of the mountain. But as he looked down over the other side he slipped - And there wasn't any other side of the mountain. He was falling, in thin air. But luckily, he kept his wits and his purple crayon.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karina

    I liked Harold and his purple crayon. This kid has an imagination! He fought beasts, made a picnic, went out to sea, floated on a balloon, made giant buildings; and all before bedtime. I liked the simplicity of the purple crayon/marker yet what he did with it was anything but simple. Very cool book to read before bedtime.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Manybooks

    After finally having had a chance to read Crocket Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon (which I unfortunately never did get a chance to actually and actively encounter during my own childhood, although I had heard of its existence), and what in my humble opinion makes this timeless classic so very much and inherently, lastingly special is that with the simplicity of the accompanying illustrations, the author/illustrator shows children (no, he actually shows EVERYONE) that imagination and even After finally having had a chance to read Crocket Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon (which I unfortunately never did get a chance to actually and actively encounter during my own childhood, although I had heard of its existence), and what in my humble opinion makes this timeless classic so very much and inherently, lastingly special is that with the simplicity of the accompanying illustrations, the author/illustrator shows children (no, he actually shows EVERYONE) that imagination and even artistic imagination does NOT need to be realism-based, does not need to be three dimensional, and most certainly does not ever really need to be painterly, as Harold's artistic adventures with his ubiquitous purpose crayon are all depicted as simple line drawings, expressive, evocative, adventurous, but in no way overly involved and with too many minute details (stick figure like renderings that most of us, and even those of us with imagination, and appreciation for art but not really all that much if any talent for drawing, painting and the like could more than likely manage easily enough). And aside from the sweet, engagingly fun act of reading Harold and the Purple Crayon (either as an independent reader or perusing it with a child or a group of children), of showing, of demonstrating how Harold uses his very active imagination, uses his special purple crayon to create his own imaginative world of whimsy, adventure and even delicious treats, one can of course also make use of the very premise of Crocket Johnson's classic to encourage children (either at home or in the classroom) to create their own drawn purple crayon (or whatever coloured crayon) imaginative adventure storyboards, to read and perhaps even to present, to show and tell. Highly recommended and just so much potential fun (as in my opinion Harold and the Purple Crayon simply begs to be imitated, to be used as a blueprint for playtime and whimsical storytelling, but perhaps it might also and equally be worthwhile if not necessary making sure that especially toddlers do not end up initiating Harold too closely by drawing on walls)!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    A true classic and for good reason! A marvelous story about all the places imagination (and a purple crayon) can take you! Don't let the book's apparent "simplicity" fool you--this is a treasure. I'm a creative person, but I'm not especially artistic in terms of drawing/painting/etc. so I could both appreciate Harold's creative spirit and his artistic talents that are beyond me! That said, I think even though Harold uses a purple crayon, the imagination and creativity can be so relevant to variou A true classic and for good reason! A marvelous story about all the places imagination (and a purple crayon) can take you! Don't let the book's apparent "simplicity" fool you--this is a treasure. I'm a creative person, but I'm not especially artistic in terms of drawing/painting/etc. so I could both appreciate Harold's creative spirit and his artistic talents that are beyond me! That said, I think even though Harold uses a purple crayon, the imagination and creativity can be so relevant to various artistic persuasions--writing, music, dance, etc. all help us create worlds :->

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Some books are classics for a reason. This is one of those books. I'd happily recommend this book for kids of any age range. They're delightful, and my boys enjoy having them read and re-read to them. Some books are classics for a reason. This is one of those books. I'd happily recommend this book for kids of any age range. They're delightful, and my boys enjoy having them read and re-read to them.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Harold and the Purple Crayon has been around for over sixty years so I'm wondering how I missed this as a kid. It's so cute and imaginative and all these years later it is sure to continue entertaining. Even though I'm a little late reading this book, I'm glad I did. Harold and the Purple Crayon has been around for over sixty years so I'm wondering how I missed this as a kid. It's so cute and imaginative and all these years later it is sure to continue entertaining. Even though I'm a little late reading this book, I'm glad I did.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Annie ⚜️

    This book is adorable and I love Harold. We picked this up as a board book in the gift shop of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (or whatever it's called) in Massachusetts. I was on one of those benders in the gift shop where I HAD to get something. I just had to! Little man was about a year old, give or take, and this place was lovely. The gift shop made me crazy to shop. So we got this and Ezra Jack Keats' A Snowy Day. Anyhow, I was a bit disappointed that everything was just purple bu This book is adorable and I love Harold. We picked this up as a board book in the gift shop of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (or whatever it's called) in Massachusetts. I was on one of those benders in the gift shop where I HAD to get something. I just had to! Little man was about a year old, give or take, and this place was lovely. The gift shop made me crazy to shop. So we got this and Ezra Jack Keats' A Snowy Day. Anyhow, I was a bit disappointed that everything was just purple but you know what? My son is now 7 and he loves to draw and guess what? A lot of stuff he draws is like Harold's world and we still read this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    Another "mommy book" that I remember from my childhood. I can actually remember setting my purple crayon aside...If it worked for Harold it would work for me! Another "mommy book" that I remember from my childhood. I can actually remember setting my purple crayon aside...If it worked for Harold it would work for me!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    A totally fun little story about Harold, who decides to go on a walk, taking his purple crayon with him, drawing himself a great adventure. I can see where author/illustrator Aaron Becker got his idea for his Journey trilogy.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)

    ... what are we missing? Small-fry was bored and his only thoughts were ”why doesn’t Harold have any other colors?” And ”hey, Kaylin! Purple is YOUR favorite color too!” I get that is about imagination and silly and all that fun stuff. But it’s also just a kid scribbling things that somehow leads to an adventure??

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mattia Ravasi

    Harold and his purple crayon break diegetic barriers as if it's nobody's business. Postmodern as fuck. Harold and his purple crayon break diegetic barriers as if it's nobody's business. Postmodern as fuck.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    If your child doesn't love this book, you've got an engineer on your hands (not that there's anything wrong with that). If your child doesn't love this book, you've got an engineer on your hands (not that there's anything wrong with that).

  21. 5 out of 5

    Suzy Davies

    I adore this book! The whole concept is so playful and imaginative. The storyline is all about dreams, creativity, play and imaginative exploration. Harold's adventures encourage children to be curious and inventive. Harold's journey - all created with his purple crayon - shows children that we can create our reality. The whimsical purple line drawings are quirky and funny. The tone of the writing is optimistic, and sure to appeal to children, in fact, everyone who wants to get in touch with the I adore this book! The whole concept is so playful and imaginative. The storyline is all about dreams, creativity, play and imaginative exploration. Harold's adventures encourage children to be curious and inventive. Harold's journey - all created with his purple crayon - shows children that we can create our reality. The whimsical purple line drawings are quirky and funny. The tone of the writing is optimistic, and sure to appeal to children, in fact, everyone who wants to get in touch with their inner creative natural child.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I remember reading Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson, as a child, so when I saw the book on the library shelves, I decided to check it out for my older daughter. When I read it to her, the feelings of disquietude that had plagued me as a child when I read the book (and which I had forgotten) were reawakened. Harold and the Purple Crayon is upsetting because it is not a journey into the imagination or even into a real yet magical world (a la Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things I remember reading Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson, as a child, so when I saw the book on the library shelves, I decided to check it out for my older daughter. When I read it to her, the feelings of disquietude that had plagued me as a child when I read the book (and which I had forgotten) were reawakened. Harold and the Purple Crayon is upsetting because it is not a journey into the imagination or even into a real yet magical world (a la Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are or C.S. Lewis's The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe), from which Harold can return home to his own sweet room and his own sweet bed. Instead, Harold is forced to recreate his own room and his own bed, drawing them with his purple crayon as he drew everything else on his journey. This calls into doubt the seemingly solid world around me and shakes me to my very core.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Wow. Surprised the cop didn't arrest this kid. Good job, Harold. Wow. Surprised the cop didn't arrest this kid. Good job, Harold.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ann-Marie

    This one was in my babysitter's bag o' tricks when I was a teenager, small enough to fit in my purse and fun enough for all the kids in my neighborhood. This one was in my babysitter's bag o' tricks when I was a teenager, small enough to fit in my purse and fun enough for all the kids in my neighborhood.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    Short and sweet, with a straight to the heart message: make your own path - you make it happen - you save the day - you find the tools - you build the bridge - you enjoy the apples - you find adventure - you make your home - you make your bed - you earn your rest. Love it. . . .a lovely way to present these ideas to a new human.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bill Lynas

    I was given a desk calendar which recommends lots of fine literary books to read. So, what have I chosen to read so far ? This small childrens book! Harold has a purple crayon, which sets him off on an adventure. That's it really. Short, fun & a delightfully cheeful read. I was given a desk calendar which recommends lots of fine literary books to read. So, what have I chosen to read so far ? This small childrens book! Harold has a purple crayon, which sets him off on an adventure. That's it really. Short, fun & a delightfully cheeful read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Scott Rhee

    Crockett Johnson's wonderful little book "Harold and the Purple Crayon" is a classic among children's literature. I have many fond memories of this book (and the other Harold books) about an adorable toddler with an active imagination and a magical crayon that allows him to bring to life anything he draws. I never had a problem with the book as a child, but my cynical (and science fiction/fantasy-addled) adult brain's re-reading uncovers the horrific implications within the story, implications t Crockett Johnson's wonderful little book "Harold and the Purple Crayon" is a classic among children's literature. I have many fond memories of this book (and the other Harold books) about an adorable toddler with an active imagination and a magical crayon that allows him to bring to life anything he draws. I never had a problem with the book as a child, but my cynical (and science fiction/fantasy-addled) adult brain's re-reading uncovers the horrific implications within the story, implications that I'm sure Johnson had absolutely no clue he was writing. We start with young Harold, alone and (we are to assume) inexplicably placed in an inter-dimensional plane of nothingness, with nothing but his magic crayon as a link to his home world. This dimension does not even have a moon, so he is forced to draw one. Imagine the utter loneliness and despair he must feel to have to draw a moon, simply to feel some connection and link with the world he has lost. He draws a road, but he soon finds that the road leads nowhere, so he is forced to draw a field with a tree. On a whim, he draws a dragon to guard the tree, but his powers of creativity are so great that his own creation terrifies him. His crayon, trembling from fear in his right hand, creates waves of an ocean, which he nearly drowns in. Quick thinking leads him to draw a boat and eventually an island, and a picnic. This scene is heart-breaking in its innocence. Poor Harold is either unaware of the implications of his plight or he is just so utterly optimistic that he never seems to feel the weight of dread. In this scene we see the inspiring heroism of Harold. I wish I could say that Harold finds his way back home. Alas, he does not, but his optimism and love for life abounds to the end. Who knew "Harold and the Purple Crayon" was such a tragic but ultimately uplifting story about the human power to overcome adversity?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nathan "N.R." Gaddis

    In Defense of Purple Prose by Paul West http://www.nytimes.com/1985/12/15/boo... Like with reading Finnegans Wake and following Jesus, become as like a little child..... In Defense of Purple Prose by Paul West http://www.nytimes.com/1985/12/15/boo... Like with reading Finnegans Wake and following Jesus, become as like a little child.....

  29. 4 out of 5

    Linda (Miss Greedybooks)

    Love Harold! When I started working at the bookstore they did not even know who Harold was - I fixed that & it became very popular.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robert Tabb

    I just love this book (even though my wife insists I never pronounce the word crayon correctly. She says I say "crown"). As an author I try to emulate what Harold does in this book. First, go looking for an adventure. Next, add some obstacles, a little humor, a moose, some pie, and some narrow escapes. Finally, when you're all done, find your way home and get some rest. If I was ever stranded on a desert island, this would be the book I'd want to have with me. I just love this book (even though my wife insists I never pronounce the word crayon correctly. She says I say "crown"). As an author I try to emulate what Harold does in this book. First, go looking for an adventure. Next, add some obstacles, a little humor, a moose, some pie, and some narrow escapes. Finally, when you're all done, find your way home and get some rest. If I was ever stranded on a desert island, this would be the book I'd want to have with me.

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