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Crockett Johnson (1906–1975)

Author of Harold and the Purple Crayon

63+ Works 13,097 Members 297 Reviews 4 Favorited

About the Author

Crockett Johnson, pen name for David Johnson Leisk, was born October, 20, 1906 in New York City. He studied art at Cooper Union in 1924 and New York University in 1925. He wrote political cartoons for the New Masses from 1940-1943. In 1942, his popular character Barnaby first appeared in the show more newspaper, PM, and was later syndicated into 52 American newspapers. He married author Ruth Krauss in the early 1940s and illustrated three of her children's books: The Carrot Seed, How to Make an Earthquake, and The Happy Egg. His first children's book, Who's Upside Down? was published in 1952. His well-known series with his character Harold, began in 1955 with Harold and the Purple Crayon. He died of lung cancer on July 11, 1975 at the age of 68. show less

Series

Works by Crockett Johnson

Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955) 7,825 copies
A Picture for Harold's Room (1960) 883 copies
Harold's Circus (1959) 513 copies
Harold's ABC (1981) 478 copies
Harold's Trip to the Sky (1957) 314 copies
Is This You? (1955) 131 copies
The Blue Ribbon Puppies (1958) 116 copies
Ellen's Lion: Twelve Stories (1959) 107 copies
Barnaby (1943) 67 copies
Magic Beach (1965) 65 copies
Barnaby, Vol. 1 (2013) 64 copies
Barnaby and Mr. O'Malley (1944) 44 copies
Barnaby, Vol. 2 (2014) 34 copies
Barnaby, Vol. 3 (2016) — Author — 29 copies
Mr. O'Malley, Wizard of Wall Street (1986) — Author — 15 copies
Barnaby Volume Four (2020) 12 copies
Harold's Treasure Hunt (2020) 11 copies
J.J.O'Malley Goes Hollywood (1986) 10 copies
Time for Spring (1957) 10 copies
Who's Upside Down? (1990) 5 copies
The emperor's gifts (1965) 4 copies
The Frowning Prince (1974) 4 copies
Haroldo Vira Gigante (2008) 3 copies
Merry go round, (1958) 3 copies
Terrible terrifying Toby (1957) 3 copies
"HAROLD NELLO SPAZIO" (2021) 2 copies
Saga of Quilby 2 copies

Associated Works

The Carrot Seed (1945) — Illustrator — 4,298 copies
Mickey's Magnet (1956) — Illustrator — 350 copies
The Little Fish That Got Away (1956) — Illustrator — 307 copies
Strange Stories for Strange Kids (2001) — Contributor — 220 copies
The Happy Egg (1967) — Illustrator — 199 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 6, February 1975 (1975) — Illustrator — 5 copies
How to Make an Earthquake (1954) — Illustrator — 4 copies
Linus (2019) (Vol. 1) (2019) — Cover artist — 1 copy
Linus. Settembre 2018 (Linus 2018) — Author — 1 copy
Linus. Dicembre 2018 (Linus 2018) — Author — 1 copy

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This is a wonderful story about the power of imagination. My son loved it, and I still do.
 
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Bookladycma | 212 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
One night Harold, with his trusty purple crayon, goes for a walk on a tightrope. Down he falls into a circus complete with trapeze, clowns, and lion tamers.
 
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PlumfieldCH | 4 other reviews | Apr 20, 2024 |
With the aid of his purple crayon, Harold draws a moon, a path and everything else he wants for his walk in the moonlight.
 
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PlumfieldCH | 212 other reviews | Apr 19, 2024 |
Armed only with a purple crayon, a little boy named Harold draws a moon and a path to walk on, then draws his way into an adventure. Eventually he draws his way back home, and draws himself a bed to sleep in.

Very cute, but seems like it might be trying to appeal more to parents than kids. The stark drawings are beautiful, but it’s a little too long to hold my niece’s attention, and there’s the obvious concern about promoting drawing on walls. I’ll be interested to see if she likes this one more when she’s a little older.… (more)
 
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norabelle414 | 212 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |

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Works
63
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Members
13,097
Popularity
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Rating
4.2
Reviews
297
ISBNs
206
Languages
12
Favorited
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