Harold & the Purple Crayon
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Harold & the Purple Crayon Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

4.9 out of 5 stars 4,876 ratings
Teachers' pick for K-8th grade

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Listening Length 6 minutes
Author Crockett Johnson
Narrator Owen Jordan
Audible.com Release Date February 25, 2009
Publisher Weston Woods Studios
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B001CMOQ4G
Best Sellers Rank #15,433 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#101 in Fiction Classics for Children
#168 in Action & Adventure Fantasy for Children
#855 in Children's Classics

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2018
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy the Board Book Format
By Bookgirl on May 12, 2018
I purchased this book already knowing that my 2.5yo daughter loves the story. The presence of plot alone sets it apart from so many other board books that rely mostly on catchy rhymes and picture identification. And the fact that a small child, Harold, creates his own adventure with a simple crayon, ultimately solving his own problem, is empowering. My daughter loves to flip through the pages of the paperback version of Harold and the Purple Crayon and tell her own version of the tale. The story sparks her imagination and transforms her into a storyteller.

So I do recommend Harold and the Purple Crayon, BUT I suggest purchasing it in a different format. For one thing, this edition has printing flaws. The page spread where Harold draws a boat is repeated, and in an order that disrupts the narrative sequence (see images). For another thing, the layout in the board book is condensed: some images are placed side by side that would otherwise be separated by a page turn. This effectively decreases the suspense at times. For example, in the paperback version, readers see Harold fall off a mountain and don't know how he will rescue himself until they turn the page. Not so in the board book, where both the fall and rescue occur on the same page. Suspense is disrupted elsewhere as well.

Bottom Line: I recommend this child-empowering story but not in the board book format.
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Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for PreK/K students
By Excited Principal on November 2, 2019
Weekly I read aloud a book on YouTube and my early childhood students loved this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and imaginative book for children
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Nicola Dunklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike any other children's book, one they will remember fondly
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 29, 2016
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