Parents' Guide to

Harold and the Purple Crayon

By KJ Dell Antonia, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Busby Berkley musicals for the preschool set.

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age 3+

Based on 1 parent review

age 3+

Fun for Kids; Sometimes Scary

A cute show that is good at entertaining little ones. My 3 year old finds it exciting and funny. It does indeed encourage creative thinking as children watch Harold come up with creatives ways for exploring ideas and getting out of tight situations. Some of his experiences are pretty intense however, and the animation can be scary. Also, one episode deals with the death of Harold's goldfish, so if you'd like to have a discussion with your child about death in your own time frame rather than have the concept introduced to them suddenly during show time, you may want to skip it or watch it with them.

Is It Any Good?

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The series stays close in tone and appearance to Johnson's books, and this adherence to the language, stylized art, and even the cinematic style of the '50s gives it much of its charm. Each episode features a short song or two with Busby Berkeley-esque animations: synchronized Harold reflections, raindrops, or animals dancing merrily along. The entire show has the feel of an early kids' television special like The Cat in the Hat, though the songs aren't nearly as catchy -- a weakness, but at least they're short.

Because the dangers Harold faces are big (monsters, cliffs) but very quickly resolved, and because of the elements of fantasy and magic, this is a good program for kids ready to move from the tame world of preschool TV but not yet ready for real action-adventure. And a parent or even a slightly older child watching along will find much to enjoy -- and even get an occasional snicker.

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