Selected titles by Crockett Johnson
Harold and the Purple Crayon: The first and best of the Harold stories.
Harold y el lápiz color morado
Harold's Fairy Tale
Harold at the North Pole
Harold's Trip to the Sky
A Picture for Harold's Room
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All of these follow the adventures of Harold as he draws himself into and out of difficulties with his purple crayon.
You will also find some new Harold adventures based on the cartoons on HBO Family. They may be charming, but they are not by
Now available in its original form for the first time: Magic Beach, which Johnson wrote at Ursula Nordstrom's request, but which was not published by Harper and Row. Phil Nel found the original text and sketch dummy and Front Street has published it as is. It's the story of two children playing on a marvelous beach--when they write a word on the sand, that thing appears.
Crockett Johson also wrote and illustrated Ellen's Lion: For older readers, and now back in print (hooray!), this is a series of stories about a little girl and her toy lion, who in her mind is very much alive.
He also illustrated Ruth Krauss' The Carrot Seed, as much a classic as the Harold stories are.
Look for these at your local library or independent bookstore; several of the Harold books are available in paperback. HarperCollins, their publisher, is reissuing them in a larger format with jazzed-up cover art. I prefer the originals but it's nice to see that the books remain popular.
I've always loved the Harold books, and that's only partly because my name is Harold. That's why when I was creating this web site, I chose the purple crayon theme as a tribute.
For more information, visit the excellent Crockett Johnson Homepage.