I Need a Purple Crayon

I still like buying actual, physical books. Last year, I went searching for an unusual book and stumbled upon a great online used book store: ABE Books. They sell unique, rare and collectible books as well as popular titles, too. And I’m not sure why I’m telling you that… Ah, yes, now I remember. Since I’ve been a customer, they send emails with suggestions for books I might enjoy. In one of their recent advertisements, they featured a children’s book author/illustrator and it had me reminiscing about books I loved as a child.

Do you remember Harold and the Purple Crayon? I’m not sure if its still popular. Not having kids prevents you from being up on these kind of things. “Harold” might be the first book I was obsessed with. And of course it’s about escaping into another world – one Harold creates himself. It seems like that recurring dream had an early start in my life! Here is the story of Harold and the Purple Crayon:

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31 thoughts on “I Need a Purple Crayon

  1. Reblogged this on Kat's Review and commented:
    I never heard tis story as a kid, but it is cute. What is the first story youo can remember from when you were a child? Mine was “Misty of Chincoteauge”. My mother and I wore the cover off of it. I think I’ll see if I can find a copy of it at the online used book store! Please post your favortes in the comments. I’d like to share them on Twitter.


    1. Thanks so much for the reblog Kat! I’m glad you enjoyed the story. I love the idea of escaping into your own world of imagination. As an only child growing up, I did a lot of that!


    1. That’s wonderful! I am not familiar with that one but I’m guessing Misty is a horse. A story that sticks with you all your life truly is special!


  2. Such a good one for little kids. I do remember Herald. I had the same teacher for grades 1,2,3, and she always had story tine each day. While grade 3 was more about small chapter books, in grade 1 Mrs. Alarie did read the his one, and I read for my cousins when they were small.

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  3. I mention this book in the first line of my ‘about’ page! My kids liked it when they were younger… but I may have made them get sick of it. We have it, of course, and I think I read it to them a hundred times… 🙂

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