18 Sep 2012

HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON by Crockett Johnson

Crockett Johnson created Harold a toddler with a great sense of adventure and command in drawing. He can travel anywhere he pleases and manages to escape any difficulty his drawings may happen to bring. The first book to appear in 1955 was Harold and the purple Crayon
The success of this book was so great that it was immediately followed by Harold's Fairy Tale (1956), Harold's Trip to the Sky (1959), Harold at the North Pole (1958), Harold's Circus (1959), A Picture for Harold's Room (1960) and Harold's ABC (1963).

The neatness of these drawings is what attracts me most to this book. I love the way Mr Johnson managed to create many different worlds with lines, hardly any other colour other than purple.


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