Literature / Harold and the Purple Crayon
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Harold and the Purple Crayon is an illustrated children’s book first published in 1955 by Crockett Johnson. The story follows Harold as he wanders around drawing his own reality with his purple crayon and trying to get home.

Harold is colored in with a blue jumpsuit and Caucasian skin. Everything else in the story is purple, since it was drawn with the crayon; this lets the reader see that Harold is somehow more real than everything else.

It has received several sequels, and also been adapted into a series of children's animated shorts, as well as an animated series on HBO (produced by Sony Pictures Television). The series is completely available on DVD, so no need to hunt hard for it.

The book is aimed at young children, ages 3 to 7, but it’s a good quick read for adults.

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Alternative Title(s): Harold And The Purple Crayon