Lovely tribute to Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. Maurice Sendak says the charm of the book comes from fun.
Harold is just immense fun, that's all, just fun. But also Harold does exactly as he pleases...there are no adults to demonstrate or remonstrate...it comes out of the same theory, let the kid do his own thing. Let him have fun, fun-- not to teach--there are no lessons in Harold. You have fun, you do what you like and no one's going to punish you. You're just a kid.