Books by Crockett Johnson

HAROLD AT THE NORTH POLE by Crockett Johnson
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Nov. 29, 2011

Harold and his magic purple crayon rescue Santa (and thus Christmas) from the grip of a Christmas Eve blizzard.

An innovative problem solver, Harold is never at a loss when he encounters seemingly insurmountable obstacles; his purple crayon can draw virtually anything he needs. Read full book review >

HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON by Crockett Johnson
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 30, 2011

"Readers will be charmed as Harold draws himself in and out of trouble and finally home to bed in this subtle blend of animation and story. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
Harold takes a walk in the moonlight down the path of imagination and although this time the bunnies hop and the winds blow, nothing of the dreamy simplicity of the journey is lost. Read full book review >
MAGIC BEACH by Crockett Johnson
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

Issued with revisions in 1965 as Castles in the Sand, with early 60s-ish illustrations by Betty Fraser, this philosophical tale appears here in its original form, beneath Johnson's own rough, expressive sketches—sandwiched between an eloquent appreciation of both author and art by Maurice Sendak, and a publishing history by renowned scholar Philip Nel. Read full book review >

UPSIDE DOWN by Crockett Johnson
Released: June 25, 1969

"Here Junior rights mother by reversing the book; most kids today could set her straight immediately (and most parents would want to)."
The dismay of a mother kangaroo who deduces from a geography book that she is really upside down is an amusing take off on an old befuddlement that's probably obsolete. Read full book review >
THE EMPEROR'S GIFTS by Crockett Johnson
Released: Sept. 6, 1965

"Catchy and re-tellable."
Six rulers from surrounding kingdoms waited upon the youngest and newest member of their fraternity with typical gifts. Read full book review >
CASTLES IN THE SAND by Crockett Johnson
Released: March 4, 1965

"Reviewers splashing cold water?"
...is one of those elusive storylines. Read full book review >
THE LION'S OWN STORY by Crockett Johnson
Released: Sept. 25, 1963

"Her imagination soars while his remains at sea level, and the two cancel each other cut to a sum of "cute"."
"You're silly for paying any attention to me." Read full book review >
HAROLD'S ABC by Crockett Johnson
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 1, 1963

"Barnaby."
Harold's purple crayon comes into action again as he takes his youngest audience on a dream trip through the alphabet. Read full book review >
A PICTURE FOR HAROLD'S ROOM by Crockett Johnson
FICTION
Released: March 30, 1960

"Simple vocabulary and the magic of Harold's crayon make this a real inducement to the young child just beginning to read."
Once again Harold wields his purple crayon, this time intent upon drawing a picture for his room. Read full book review >
ELLEN'S LION by Crockett Johnson
Released: Aug. 5, 1959

"A word of warning to all children: Do not let this book into the hands of adults or you may have to queue up to read it."
It is perfectly natural that Ellen have a lion for a pet. Read full book review >
HAROLD'S CIRCUS by Crockett Johnson
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1959

"In this episode Crockett Johnson achieves a singularly animated effect with his purple line drawings."
That lucky purple crayon of little Harold again works its magic. Read full book review >
THE FROWNING PRINCE by Crockett Johnson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1959

"Crockett Johnson, author of The Blue Ribbon Puppies and other books for children, writes of the make-believe in a low key, evolving a sensibly elastic world in which improbable happenings occur without shock."
When an immovable frown meets an irresistible smile, as the song goes, something's got to give. Read full book review >
WILL SPRING BE EARLY? OR WILL SPRING BE LATE? by Crockett Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 15, 1959

"In no sense a nature book."
Around the beginning of February the groundhog sticks his head out of his hole and asks his perennial question: "Will spring be early or will spring be late?" Read full book review >
HAROLD AT THE NORTH POLE by Crockett Johnson
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1958

"Harold's concentrated efficiency with the crayon is rewarded by a bountiful Christmas for him and a whimsical holiday treat for the young reader."
Harold's purple crayon once again works magic in this story of his North Pole adventure. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 20, 1958

"Reenforced spine."
A little girl and a little boy must decide which of a whole menagerie of puppies shall be awarded the coveted blue ribbon —the fat one, the thin one, the spotty one, the plain one. Read full book review >
MERRY GO ROUND by Crockett Johnson
Released: March 19, 1958

"Rather special, this."
To the parents who wait for the merry-go-round ride to end and wonder wherein lies the fascination, this view of the ride from the child's viewpoint is illuminating. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 16, 1957

"On the contrary, this minimizes fears — a healthy concept for children who know what fear is but don't know how to cope with it."
Toby — a real American mutt — is as timid as Crockett Johnson's other Mr. Mittyish character, Harold. Read full book review >
HAROLD'S TRIP TO THE SKY by Crockett Johnson
FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 1957

"Deliciously silly, this very tiny book, done in the Barnaby style, bridges the gap between comic books and serious reading, for the illustrations are integral to the text."
Terribly timid Harold, who has survived breathtaking adventures with the help of his own imagination and props he draws with a purple crayon, ventures into outer space this time. Read full book review >
TIME FOR SPRING by Crockett Johnson
Released: March 30, 1957

"Again Crockett Johnson's stolid drawings have the squirrel cheeked people who look just faintly surprised."
Irene is quite ready for spring, but the weather isn't. Read full book review >
HAROLD'S FAIRY TALE by Crockett Johnson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 1956

"A tiny book, tiny as Harold and one to bring chuckles and surprises."
Neatly drawing in his own props again, Harold (of Harold and the Crayon) sketches himself another adventure. Read full book review >
HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON by Crockett Johnson
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 10, 1955

"Good stitches."
A clever little volume and pint sized- like Harold- contains the story of how he drew himself all over the place one evening with his purple crayon. Read full book review >
IS THIS YOU? by Crockett Johnson
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1955

Brain teasers for small fry, from an expert at them, adds up to a book of one's own that might make its author pleasantly more aware of immediate surroundings. Read full book review >
WILLIE'S ADVENTURES by Crockett Johnson
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1954

"Miniscule meanderings, winsome and fetching in the right way."
A tiny trilogy by a skillful hand has its own quiet quality and forms three imaginative openings into the world of small boy adventures. Read full book review >
WHO'S UPSIDE DOWN? by Crockett Johnson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 1952

"The pull of gravity is explained in a big, middle-of-the-book diagram."
A nice concept builder for those first wonderings. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1944

"Comic strip, a cut above average I'm told."
A second collection in book form of the antics of Barnaby and his fairy god-father, in seven episodes. Read full book review >
BARNABY by Crockett Johnson
Released: Oct. 4, 1943

"For those that like him."
Comic strip fans do not need to be introduced to Barnaby, and this is for them, though even a fan might find the episodes too long and a compilation of the stories monotonous. Read full book review >