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Crockett Johnson

Author, Illustrator

(1906 - 1975)

Crockett Johnson

Crockett Johnson was the pen name of cartoonist and children’s book illustrator David Johnson Leisk (October 20, 1906–July 11, 1975). He is perhaps best known for the comic strip Barnaby (1942–1952) and the Harold series of books begun with Harold and the Purple Crayon.



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Barkis (1956)

Some precise and some speculative interpretations of the meaning of a dog’s bark at certain times and in certain [illustrated] circumstances.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Barnaby (1943)

Barnaby was a comic strip which began April 20, 1942 in the newspaper PM and was later syndicated in 64 American newspapers (for a combined circulation of more than 5,500,000).

Barnaby wishes for a fairy godmother and gets Mr. O’Malley, a cigar smoking Irish fairy godfather.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Barnaby and Mr. O’Malley (1944)

Further adventures of five year old Barnaby and his fairy godfather Jackeen J. O’Malley.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Barnaby Volume One (2013)

This first volume of the complete Barnaby comic strip covers 1942-1943, as Barnaby first meets his Fairy Godfather, Jackeen J. O’Malley, a cigar smoking Irishman.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Barnaby Volume Three (2015)

Barnaby, a precocious five year old, tries to restrain his Fairy Godfather, Jackeen J. O’Malley a cigar smoking Irishman.

Author(s): Ted Ferro
Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson
Jack Morley

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Barnaby Volume Two (2014)

Further adventures of Barnaby, a precocious five year old and his Fairy Godfather, Mr. O’Malley. These strips were originally published in 1944-1945.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Big Fat Little Lit (2003)

A collection of short comic book stories by various authors and illustrators.

Author(s): Various
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson
William Joyce
Walt Kelly
David Macaulay
Various

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The Blue Ribbon Puppies (1958)

Two children wanting to award a blue ribbon to the best puppy decide they are all best in some way.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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The Carrot Seed (1945)

Everyone tells him his carrot won’t come up, but the little boy knows better.

Author(s): Ruth Krauss
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Castles in the Sand (1965)

When Ben and Ann write something in the sand it immediately appears.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Betty Fraser

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Collier’s Collects Its Wits (1941)

A collection of cartoons that appeared in Collier’s Weekly magazine in 1940-41.

Author(s): None
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson
Et al

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Ellen’s Lion: Twelve Stories (1959)

Twelve stories about Ellen’s stuffed lion.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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The Emperor’s Gifts (1965)

The young emperor redeploys the gifts he has received from other potentates to help them overcome their faults.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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The Frowning Prince (1959)

When the prince announces he has an immovable frown, the grand vizier prescribes someone with an irresistible smile.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Good Times Together (1958)

Includes Willie’s Pocket by Margaret Wise Brown with illustrations by Crockett Johnson reproduced in color. An anthology for younger children about people around the world.

Author(s): Ludwig Bemelmans
Margaret Wise Brown
Kenneth Grahame
Maj Lindman
A. A. Milne
Et al
Illustrator(s): Richard Bennett
Marjorie Flack
Crockett Johnson
Maurice Sendak
Helen Sewell
Et al

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Gordy and the Pirate (1965)

Gordy turns down many opportunities for adventure on his way home from school

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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The Happy Egg (1967)

The egg gets sat on and sat on and sat on in this early reader.

Author(s): Ruth Krauss
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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The Happy Egg (2005)

The early life story of an egg and its bird.

Author(s): Ruth Krauss
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955)

When Harold decides to go for a walk in the moonlight, there isn’t any moon, nor anywhere to walk, but his purple crayon soon fixes that.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Harold at the North Pole (1958)

Harold goes looking for a Christmas tree, but first he has to lend Santa Claus a helping crayon.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Harold’s ABC (1963)

Harold sets out to see the moon, by way of the ABCs, with his trusty purple crayon in hand.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Harold’s Circus (1959)

The intrepid Harold takes his purple crayon to the circus.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Harold’s Fairy Tale (1956)

When Harold takes a walk in an enchanted garden he discovers it is under a spell.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Harold’s Trip to the Sky (1957)

Harold wanders off into the sky with the aid of his trusty purple crayon.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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How to Make an Earthquake (1954)

A collection of activities to do at home.

Author(s): Ruth Krauss
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Is This You? (1955)

A guide to writing a biography of that most interesting person - you!

Author(s): Ruth Krauss
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Is This You? (1964)

A guide to writing a biography of that most interesting person - you!

Author(s): Ruth Krauss
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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J. J. O’Malley Goes Hollywood (1986)

Hollywood comes calling for Barnaby’s Fairy Godfather, the alluring J.J. O’Malley. This is volume #6 in the paperback edition.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Jackeen J. O’Malley for Congress (1986)

Mr. O’Malley, Barnaby’s Fairy Godfather, answers the nation’s call to public service in volume #3 of the paperback edition of this classic cartoon strip.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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The Lion’s Own Story: Eight New Stories About Ellen’s Lion (1963)

More stories about Ellen and her lion.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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The Little Fish that Got Away (1956)

If you want to catch fish you have to be patient.

Author(s): Bernadine Cook
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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The Little Fish that Got Away (2005)

If you want to catch fish, you have to be patient. This new edition has been recolored.

Author(s): Bernadine Cook
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Magic Beach (2005)

Published with illustrations by Betty Fraser as “Castles in the Sand,” this edition uses Crockett Johnson’s original illustrations. It is based on the classic tale of the Fisher King.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Merry Go Round (1958)

As you flip the pages you can follow Harold on his merry go ride around the zoo.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Mickey’s Magnet (1956)

Fun with magnets (included).

Author(s): Franklyn M. Branley
Eleanor K. Vaughan
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Mr. O’Malley and the Haunted House (1985)

This is volume #2 of the paperback edition of Barnaby.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Mr. O’Malley Goes for the Gold (1986)

This is volulme #4 of the paperback edition of Barnaby.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Mr. O’Malley, Wizard of Wall Street (1986)

Volume #5 of the paperback edition of Barnaby.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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A Picture for Harold’s Room (1960)

Harold starts out to draw a picture for his room, but soon finds himself out of his depth.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Terrible, Terrifying Toby (1957)

Terrified by squirrels, frogs and butterflies, Toby finds they flee from his growl and concludes he must be terrible himself.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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This Rich World: The Story of Money (1943)

The story of money for younger readers.

1943

Author(s): Constance J. Foster
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Time for Spring (1957)

Irene is ready for winter to be over but her snowman would like to stay around at least until July. Later edition uses color.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Upside Down (1969)

A kangaroo in Australia does not like the thought that she is upside down.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Wanted, A Fairy Godfather (1985)

This is volume #1 of the paperback edition of Barnaby.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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We Wonder What Will Walter Be? When He Grows Up (1964)

Walter seeks advice on his future career, but doesn’t like it.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Who’s Upside Down? (1952)

A kangaroo in Australia does not like the thought that she is upside down.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Who’s Upside Down? (1990)

A kangaroo in Australia does not like the thought that she is upside down.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Will Spring Be Early? or Will Spring Be Late? (1959)

It is the second of February and the groundhog is on his way to tell the animals when spring will arrive.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Willie’s Adventures (1954)

Willie gets a new pet, tries on his new suit and goes to visit his grandmama.

Author(s): Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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