Search Results: "Crockett Johnson"


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 >

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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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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 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 >

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 >

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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 >

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THE BLUE RIBBON PUPPIES by Crockett Johnson
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >