Today Caramel decided to review an old favorite of the book bunnies household: Harold and the Purple Crayon, written in 1955 by Crockett Johnson.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, what do you want to tell us about Harold and his purple crayon?
Caramel: It’s a very cute little story.
S: What is the story about?
C: It’s about this little baby, who is four years old. He goes out for a walk in the moonlight.
S: Did you go for walks in the moonlight when you were four?
S: So how is Harold able to go out and walk in the moonlight?
C: Maybe he doesn’t listen to directions.
S: Hmm. If that were the main explanation for the story, I’m not sure all parents would love to read it to their little ones. Can there be another explanation?
C: Maybe he just likes walking. And as he walks, he creates things.
S: So can you think of a time when you could create things as you wished?
C: Yesterday, when I was doodling. I have been doing the Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! And I was also wearing my blue bodysuit, just like Harold.
S: So do you think Harold is really going out for a walk? Is he really ever leaving his bedroom?
C: Hmm, when you say it that way. Probably not. Maybe he is imagining that he is creating things with his purple crayon.
S: Yeah, kind of like how you create things when you doodle! And so what kinds of things does Harold create or find on his way?
C: He decides to have a forest but then he doesn’t want to get lost so his forest has only one tree. He makes it into an apple tree. Or it turns out, as the book says.
S: This is indeed a very sweet story. Did you know that a short film of this story was made too?
C: No. But we did just find it on Youtube:
S: Yes, this was slightly different from the book, though, right?
C: Yeah, the porcupine shows up in the film much earlier than the moose. But in the book they show up on the same page, right after Harold is done with his picnic. His part of the picnic. He doesn’t finish everything, there is a lot of pie left.
S: Hmm. In the picnic Harold has nine types of pies, all his favorites. What are your favorite pies Caramel?
C: Cherry! I like cherry pie most. I also like lemon cake.
S: Ok, then what happens in the end? Does he finally go to sleep?
C: Yep. And so it is also time to wrap up our review. So stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!