Harold and the Purple Crayon App Poster Image

Harold and the Purple Crayon



Wonderful adaptation allows kids to "be" Harold's crayon.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Turning pages is as easy as tapping a "Next" arrow. And while the interactive elements on each page are hidden (to inspire exploration), kids need only to tap a question mark icon to be shown exactly what they should do on any given page. There's also a very clear tutorial kids can watch to learn how they should explore the app.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Harold and the Purple Crayon is an interactive version of the original classic storybook by Crockett Johnson, in which a young boy goes on an imaginative journey, creating everything he encounters with his own little crayon. Kids can simply read the story, have it read to them, or choose to interact with it. In the interactive "Touch Tale" mode, kids are asked to "be" Harold's crayon, using their fingers to color in the lines that Harold has drawn. There are many additional hidden animations to trigger, and a clearly explained tutorial shows kids just how to find them.

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Is it any good?


With the finger-drawing abilities offered by the iPad, HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON seems like the perfect storybook to translate into app-hood. And Trilogy Studios has done a remarkably fantastic job of doing so. The original illustrations are adorably animated, the narration is superbly performed, and the interactive elements are seamlessly integrated into the storytelling experience. Every time Harold draws a new element into his environment, readers follow those crayon lines with their fingers, literally helping Harold create his world. The help button, which maps out the interactive spots on each page, is also a wonderful feature. Some book apps highlight the hotspots so kids can see them easily, but the help button offers a great way for kids to make sure they haven't missed anything, without taking away their chance to first explore and find the hidden spots themselves. Excellent.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Release date:August 5, 2011
Size:63.90 MB
Publisher:Trilogy Studios
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3.3 or later

This review of Harold and the Purple Crayon was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Parent Written bybethingram August 10, 2011

Love Harold!!!

This is so wonderful! Love the story and love this app! Kids of all ages will love this!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byAllisonyc December 6, 2011

Other educational option

My child thinks this application is absolutely wonderful. This and Little Pim's language learning ipad app are her two favorites: another awesome educational application option for younger kids. Highly recommend both!
Parent Written byVery Happy Dad August 9, 2011

Love Harold!

One of my favorite books as a child and now available on iPad! A wonderful example of great content married to great technology. A must have for anyone with younger kids!


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?