Search Results: "Crockett Johnson"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Likely to become the go-to biography of these two iconic figures—for specialists, but not just those in children's literature."
A thoroughgoing, if dispassionate, portrait of two relentlessly creative types whose contributions to children's literature—epochal as they are—make up only part of the story. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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MAGIC BEACH by Crockett Johnson
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"As in so much else, she was right—but it does make a handsomely packaged artifact for adult readers of children's literature. (Picture book. Adult)"
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 >

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DAVID CROCKETT by III Groneman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A small survey of many virtues; it holds to the middle ground between hagiography and debunking, making allowances for Crockett's lapses into bad behavior while highlighting his better qualities."
Hero or opportunist? Rebel or terrorist? Did he even own a coonskin cap? Davy Crockett was an enigma in his own age—and certainly the right man in the wrong place at the wrong time. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >