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Curious George (Curious George Original Adventures)

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  102,497 Ratings  ·  710 Reviews
The first adventure in this highly popular series tells how the little monkey Curious George, caught in the jungle and brought back to the city by a man in a yellow hat, can't help being interested in all the new things around him. Though well meaning, George's curiosity always gets him into trouble. Young readers can easily relate, and Rey's cheerful illustrations celebra ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published 1969 by Houghton Mifflin Co. (first published 1941)
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Jason Koivu
Mar 05, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing
* Read and reviewed by me and my niece Emma *

What is it about this monkey that so enthralls readers? This introductory story by Rey is not terribly memorable or particularly exciting, yet the kids are drawn to it, I absolutely love it and my niece - a first time reader/listener - was mesmerized.

For those who forget what happens in this first Curious George book, a poacher the Man With The Big Yellow Hat captures George in the wild, illegally keeps him in his city apartment, smokes a pipe with
Erik Graff
Feb 11, 2012 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: very little kids maybe
Recommended to Erik by: Anne-Lise Graff
Shelves: literature
Here's a book I hadn't thought about for several decades, recently brought to my attention by Jack, a three-year-old friend who met me at his door, book in hand, wanting to be read to. "Ah! Curious George," I said, immediately remembering and wanting very much to be reminded of the times it had been read to me in early childhood.

As it happens, the book is dreadful by any adult, twenty-first century standards. The story is horrific for what it accepts: a jungle monkey is tricked by a white man, k
Aug 10, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
My 5 yr old is really loving Curious George books right now. And for all the Curious George books out there, they actually have pretty good story lines. What I mean is, sometimes when a character has been commercialized, the books change in tone. I'm guessing these were written before the T.V. show. I did a little reading on Rey and it turns out they came up with Curious George many years ago, while escaping Nazi's in Paris. After their death, Curious George was taken over by the Curious George ...more
Nov 25, 2007 Michaelcheng rated it it was amazing
Totally awesome book. There's like a monkey and stuff. And there's like a dude with a yellow hat. The book's like yellow too. I reminds me of cheese. Sweet, sweet cheese.The monkey is like curious and stuff. His name's like George. He's so awesome.
According to old family tales, I requested that my parents read this one to me so many times that they resorted to accidentally on-purpose "misplacing" it for a while--just long enough to get a chance to read something else to me. :D That said, as an adult, I struggle with rating this classic. As a kid, I loved all the craziness George gets into and how the man in the yellow hat loves him regardless. Now, I find myself cringing at so many things-George being stuffed into a bag and taken from his ...more
Mary Soderstrom
May 29, 2013 Mary Soderstrom rated it liked it
Reading and the love of books can't encouraged too soon. The Curious George books by H.A. and Margaret Rey were great favourites of our kids and Jeanne has delighted in them ever since Elin brought a jumbo book containing six tales back from a trip to New York last fall. She went looking for our old copies shortly thereafter so ever since Jeanne's been read the old ones--now in tatters--when she visits here.

The stories are still charming, but one of the things that goes over Jeanne's head is the
Apr 17, 2015 Sonia rated it liked it
Shelves: tutoring-books
This book is the origins of Curious George.

He was 'taken' from Africa (more like captured) by the yellow haired man. As an adult, we all know about animal trafficking and how disturbing it can be, but my student is too young to know about things like that.

The story then goes on to change settings with the boat ride and then arriving at the city. Curious George being Curious proceeds to cause trouble and this time he does indeed get punishment.

He ends up in jail. Yeah. I know. Kind of harsh but
Mar 02, 2012 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I will never understand why this book and its progeny have been so well loved for over seventy years. (H.A. and Margaret Rey apparently escaped Nazi-occupied France on homemade bicycles with the manuscript for Curious George.)

The Man with the Yellow Hat travels to Africa, entices George with his hat, catches him, "pop[s] him into a bag," and ultimately takes him to live in a zoo. Despite capturing him from the wild to take him to a zoo, the Man with the Yellow Hat is referred to as George's "fr
Jan 23, 2013 Tiffany rated it it was ok
Shelves: teaching
This is the classic story of George the monkey, heartlessly ripped from his jungle home and kidnapped to a foreign land, where he's forced to figure out his way when the Man in the Yellow Hat leaves him by himself. After wreaking havoc on the city for an entire day, George is arrested and sent to prison (the zoo).
Laura Verret
Oct 23, 2014 Laura Verret rated it it was amazing
Curious George was living in Africa, swinging from trees and eating bananas, when one day a man with a yellow hat appeared. The man with the yellow hat decided that he would like to have a nice little monkey to bring home with him, so he put his hat down on the ground and scuttled off into the bushes.

Of course, George – being the curious monkey that he is – simply had to get his paws on the mysterious object! What he didn’t know was that the hat was a trap and that now he will be whisked across
Dec 11, 2014 Wade rated it really liked it
This book is mainly about a young monkey, who's entire life was with the outdoors and he has been taken from the jungle. He is whisked away to NY with a mysterious man in a yellow suit, he spends his days exploring and look at things, as the name implies,and normally end up coming home. I liked this book mainly for the fact that, as a child I had always dreamed of living in the City, after seeing TV shows like NY med and others, and i would recommended this book to others, if they are the Childi ...more
May 25, 2008 Ebookwormy rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-preschool
We are avid Curious George fans at our house. But... this first book of the series was a disappointment when we checked it out from the library.

(If you haven't seen it, check out the Curious George television show on PBS. So cool. The narration, jazz music background and teaching about math/ science is captivating).

This book is a study in cultural change! First, George is captured and removed from his natural habitat in Africa by the man with the yellow hat. George smokes a pipe. George is put
Jesse Summers
Jul 19, 2015 Jesse Summers rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s
George, who is happily living "in Africa," is captured by a man in his eponymous yellow hat to take him to a zoo. This is all in the first few pages and is a strange basis for their famous friendship--is friendship what Stockholm syndrome creates?--in the subsequent books. George also smokes, is imprisoned for playing with the phone, and ends the book smiling in the zoo. What were parents like that this became a popular children's book?
Oct 23, 2009 Rebecca added it
Shelves: my-favorites
As the introduction explains, the watercolor paintings that accompany this special edition of the very first Curious George story made their way out of Paris on the back of Hans Rey's bicycle, as he and his wife, Margaret, narrowly escaped the German occupation. By way of Spain and Brazil, Rey and his work came to the United States, where cash-strapped children's publishers always required "color separation" art--i.e., a different drawing for each color. So Rey's watercolors were not used, and f ...more
Lisa Vegan
This is one of those books that reminds me how much I've changed my world outlook over the years. It's not just a question of going from childhood to adulthood. the Curious George books were never my favorites as a kid but I did like them; my guess is I would have given this 3 stars. Now, I'm actually appalled. I’m not really impressed by the book in general but Curious George ending up at the zoo at the end just makes me sad, and I wouldn’t encourage today’s kids to read this book. Debated betw ...more
Jan 25, 2016 Brandy rated it it was amazing
I cannot tell you how long I've owned this book. I think I got it before either of my kids were born, when I was building my future classroom library, which never happened. Whatever the case, I've had it for years and had *never* read it. I've read multiple Curious George books, but never the first. Until now. :)

My kids really enjoyed this one and we had a fun time talking about the differences between now and then. For example - the fire trucks. They certainly don't look the same now as they di
Brian McLachlan
Jan 05, 2016 Brian McLachlan rated it it was amazing
I hadn't read Curious George since I was a child, but now I am excited to discover the book is an excellent introduction to colonialism. The Man with the Yellow Hat kidnaps George from the jungle and takes him back to (what appears to be) Paris for a lark. George gets into trouble while being abandoned in a new world, so (spoiler alert) the Man decides to put him in a zoo so he won't be any more bother. It's a feel good way to teach your children about how other country's inhabitants were taken ...more
Jul 02, 2015 Rukshana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
So this is the original Curious George. I had no idea that George was stolen from Africa and incarcerated. Not sure how I am feeling right now about this series, but definitely surprised at the oppression George faced in the beginning of his journey!

I did some searching for critical perspectives on Curious George and found an informative and brief website created by library science students for a class project. This quote from their site illustrates my initial thoughts,"The first critique that
Elle Harris
May 01, 2015 Elle Harris rated it really liked it
This is a story about a very curious little monkey named George. One day a man goes into the jungle looking for animals to bring to the zoo. He sees George, leaves his hat on the ground and hides behind a bush. George, being the curious monkey that he is, climbs down the tree to see what the hat is, but before he figure it out he is captured by the man. George gets into a lot of trouble on his way to the zoo because of his curiosity. He eventually makes it to the zoo, but it was quite a long tri ...more
Katie Coleman
Feb 10, 2015 Katie Coleman rated it liked it
Summary: George was a wild money that lived in Africa, until he met George, the zoo keeper, who decided he wanted to take him to a zoo in a big city. At first George was sad, but then became very curious after he saw everything that his new friend was doing. On the trip to the zoo and once at George's home, George the monkey caused all sorts of trouble--from accidentally calling the fire department, to being thrown in jail, and then taking a balloon ride all over the city. However, George never ...more
Tiffany Fox
Feb 08, 2015 Tiffany Fox rated it really liked it
(A little history)
On June 14, 1940, Hans and Margret Rey fled Paris as the German army invaded the city. Escaping on bicycles, they took only winter coats and four picture books strapped to the racks. Among those books were the watercolors and a rough text for Fifi, later known to the world as Curious George. However, when Curious George was actually published in the United States in 1941, these original watercolors were not used for the printing. Hans Rey was required by his editor to redraw th
Nov 05, 2014 Carson rated it really liked it
H.A. Rey's classic Curious George was first published for children to read in 1941. Now over 70 years later, it is still a beloved book for young readers. The fact that the story has remained for so long is a testament to Rey's fantastic writing and story telling, as well as his imaginative illustrations. The book tells the story of a curious little monkey named George who is abducted from his home in Africa by a man in a yellow hat. This sounds rather dark, but the story is light and fun as Geo ...more
Martiah Rall
Oct 01, 2014 Martiah Rall rated it really liked it
Curious George is a children’s picture book written by H.A. Rey and was published in 1941. The story starts off by introducing a cute little monkey named George in Africa that a man in a yellow hat decides he wants to take home with him. After leering George in by his curiosity the two of them are off on a boat. Throughout the book George’s curiosity gets him into precarious situations such as jumping off the boat, calling the fire department, and floating across town by the transport of a bundl ...more
Chance Murray
Sep 29, 2014 Chance Murray rated it it was amazing
Book Review: Curious George
“Curious George” is a famous story and one of the most well-known children books there are. The book was first published in 1940, by Hans Augusto Rey and Margaret Rey. The book is about a mischievous monkey by the name of George, who is for some reason always curious. During his adventures in Africa, George sees a man (also known as the man with the Yellow Hat), and the man instantly notices him and takes George back home with him. The man is taking him to a zoo in a
Haley Caudell
Mar 23, 2014 Haley Caudell rated it it was amazing
Curious George by H.A. Rey is a picture book featuring a small monkey that is brought back to America with “a man in a yellow hat.” George is a very curious monkey, causing him to find wonderful new things, but also get into some trouble. In this story, George calls the fire department and gets arrested for a false call. Once he escapes from the jail, he proceeds to break loose a whole cart of balloons, carrying him up into the sky. As he was floating over the city, his friend with the yellow h ...more
Romanus Elangwe
Feb 11, 2014 Romanus Elangwe rated it really liked it
Shelves: monkeys
This is a story of a curious monkey in Africa that wanted to do all he saw people do. His curiosity led him into trouble many times; first from the tree to the man with a yellow hat who caught him and took him to the ship; in the ship he tried to fly like sea gulls and fall into the sea; he is rescued and he moves into the city with his new friend who calls the zoo to get George; George is left alone in the house and he tries to make a as his friend, but he ends up calling the fire department; t ...more
Jason R.
May 01, 2015 Jason R. rated it really liked it
Curious George by H.A Rey is a humorous picture book for children. The book tells the story of a young chimp that is taken from his jungle home by a man in the yellow hat and brought to the city where his curiosity gets him in constant trouble.
Curious George is a great children's picture picture that many children can relate to. Children are just as curious as George as they learn and grown and can see how George's own curiosity gets him into trouble as many children likely do as well. The book
Meghan Takayoshi
May 02, 2015 Meghan Takayoshi rated it it was amazing
The first book in the Curious George series, the main character who is a monkey is caught in the jungle and then makes his way to the city with a guy in a yellow hat. The monkey Curious George cannot help but wonder about his new surroundings. Curious George's curiosity does get him into some interesting situations and some bit of trouble which the reader can relate to throughout the book. The book has great illustrations which bring the story to life, the storyline is fun for readers young and ...more
Nevada Libert
Mar 02, 2015 Nevada Libert rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-read-alouds
this is a funny book my brothers love it.
Nathaniel Mccombs
Nov 17, 2014 Nathaniel Mccombs rated it it was amazing
“Curious George” by H.A. Rey is an iconic book that is still relevant and in circulation after first being published in 1941. This is a fantastic book about a curious monkey (George) that is captured by the man in the yellow hat. The man in the yellow hat wants George to live at a zoo. While George is in his care, he makes a couple mistakes due to his curiosity. After George’s trouble making a successful transition from the jungle to the city the man in the yellow hat saves him and transfers him ...more
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Hans Augusto Rey was born on September 16, 1898, in Hamburg, Germany. He grew up there near the world-famous Hagenbeck Zoo, and developed a lifelong love for animals and drawing. Margarete Elisabeth Waldstein (who would be known to most of the world as Margret Rey) was also born in Hamburg on May 16, 1906. The two met briefly when Margret was a young girl, before she left Hamburg to study art. The ...more
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