This book happens to be one of Rebecca & Mary-Gail's favorites! (They have so many). I bought Harold & the Purple Crayon at Barnes & Noble a few months ago on a whim, and I'm happy to see that it has become a favorite read.
Tonight Lovey was reading Harold, and I was acting out the story. Harold drew an apple tree, and thought the apples would taste so much better when they turned red, so he drew a "frightening dragon under the tree. The dragon was so frightening that it scares Harold, who backs away with his hand shaking..."
I sign "scared" (elbows bent, palms facing towards your body, with fingers spread open. Move fingers towards each other) and act as though I'm terrified of the dragon - you know: eyes wide, jaw dropped with mouth open, and shaking. Becca jumped off the bed, rushed to me, and put her hands on my knees. Here's what Becca said:
Becca: "Mom, Mom! He's pre-tend-ing. It's OK."
Hilarious! I must have been doing a good acting job for Becca to enunciate and stress the word "Pre-tend-ing." I'm so glad my 3-year old has my back.