Harold and the Purple Crayon
is an illustrated childrenís 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.
The book is aimed at young children, ages 3 to 7, but itís a good quick read for adults.
Harold and the Purple Crayon contains examples of: