Harold and the Purple Crayon

The copy of "Harold" that I own own boasts that it's a 50th Anniversary edition.  Without question, there's a reason it has stood the test of time.

*While many children's books have a certain element of imagination, I doubt any other book hammers home the power of imagination like this one 
*Harold experiences a range of emotions (including fear, hunger, loneliness) without melting down, but instead makes the best of each situation -- a great lesson for your little one
*The double entendre wordplay (drew covers, made land) utilized by the author keeps parents engaged as well

*The moon's positioning is not consistent through the story, unless we are to believe that Harold draws a new moon in each scene
*Harold flirts with both drowning and falling off of a mountain at various points in the story; maybe not the best seed to plant in your kid's head that when playing near water or at heights that a crayon will fix everything
*At one point he eats two and a quarter pies in one sitting; perhaps 50 years of this book explains the obesity problem in America

Wow!  Such a good book.  It seems to be the type of story that can entertain children of all ages.  I also liked how the illustration is done in such a way that it actually looks like a young boy was drawing with a crayon.  In short, if there was such a thing as a children's page-turner, this would be it!

BUY / Borrow / Donate / Destroy


Joshua and Matthew's Mommy said...

I'm glad this one got a BUY rating. I finally found this one at a Borders before it closed down and snatched it up. I read it as a child and knew my boys had to have it in their library.

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