'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

from Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

Monday, June 6, 2011

Harold and the Purple Crayon

My friend Ashley named her son Harold after his Grandfather and to celebrate his 1st birthday she asked me to make this special cake. 
She wanted the theme of the cake to be the book;  Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson.  Harold and the Purple Crayon was first published in 1955 and Ashley remembers reading it as a kid.  It is a darling book and I was thrilled to make it a cake.

Harold Isaac's real bedroom is decorated in a woodland theme.
I chose to recreate elements from his real bedroom in this imaginary room.

In the book, Harold draws himself an adventure with his purple crayon.  In the end, he wants to go home and has to find his way back to his bedroom. 
The sides of the cake feature Ashley's favorite scenes from the book. 
On the top of the cake I created a little scene from Harold Isaac's future.   He has fallen asleep after spending the day reading Harold and the Purple Crayon and drawing pictures just like Harold in the book.

This is my favorite part of the book.  I love that hungry moose and deserving porcupine.
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