Harold decides to go for a walk. He takes his purple crayon with him and as he thinks of adventures he draws them. His wanderings take him across fields, nearly into the clutches of a frightening dragon, over the sea and into a city full of buildings. Harold gets tired from all his wanderings, but simply can’t remember how to get back home. The finale is as heart-warming as the first page.
I could read this book over and over, just for the fun of it, but it is always better shared. Reprinted in 2012 as a paperback and a board book, Harold and the Purple Crayon is at the top of my list of bedtime picture book fun.
Title: Harold and the Purple Crayon
Author/Illustrator: Crockett Johnson
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: September 2012
For ages: 2+ years
Type: Picture Book