Harold and the Purple Crayon

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Wonderful adaptation allows kids to "be" Harold's crayon.

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age 3+
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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.

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What 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.

User Reviews

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Adult 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 educatio... Continue reading
Adult 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!

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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.

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