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Curious George (Curious George Original Adventures)

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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

Paperback, 64 pages
Published March 15th 1973 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1941)
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Jason Koivu
* 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...more
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
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.
Erik Graff
Feb 11, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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
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...more
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).
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...more
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...more
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
Haley Caudell
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
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
Sophie Gray
Apr 29, 2014 Sophie Gray added it
Shelves: animals
Curious George is a book that most people are familiar with, it being one of the most popular children literature books. The book has illustrations that follow the narrating story very well, keeping the audience engaged with the idea of imagining being placed in the story themselves through the illustrations. There are several themes that could be depicted from this book, the one I personally depicted most was the theme to never give up. Curious George was put into a situation that he did not me...more
Title: Curious George
Author: H.A. Rey
Date of Publication: 1941
Genre: Fiction/Picture Book
Annotations: One day, a nice man with a yellow hat finds and captures a monkey in Africa. This monkey was called George. The man wants to take George to his home zoo. Little did the man know how curious George was. George’s curiosity gets him into quite a bit of trouble. In the end, the man with the yellow hat saves George from his curious troubles and takes him in the zoo.

This is a classic story from my chi...more
Geneva Roberts
The original Curious George introduces readers to George the monkey who is playing in Africa when he encounters a man in a yellow hat. George being curious, decides to try on the hat himself and is caught and taken aboard a ship to go to a city zoo where the man tells him he will like it very much. George experiences many emotions from being sad, frightened, excited, happy and always curious. He gets himself in quite a bit of trouble but through it all he ends up at the zoo and is very happy the...more
Charles Falla
Another famous little critter is Curious George. George is a little monkey who snuck into a man’s suitcase and came back to the big city. George is now in a strange new world and he is very curious about everything. His curiosity is always getting him into trouble yet somehow he always seems to get bailed out by the man in the big yellow hat. Curious George is a great book for kids of all ages to read. It offers important lessons while still remaining entertaining, perhaps more entertaining than...more
Precious little monkey Curios George is a true classic. I had forgotten how the series began. Children have read about, or been read to, George and what all his wonderful curiosity gets him into. They have seen Curious George movies and TV shows and probably had a George toy at one time or the other or maybe a picture of George on a piece of clothing. Curios George may disappear for a while but he always comes back into the culture. In the stories people are generally good and once they know Ge...more
I liked this book because it's about a monkey who gets in trouble. It's a good book to read to kids of all ages because of all the pictures and what the story's about and how easy it is to understand. This book has great meanings. It takes me back to the past when I was a kid.I used to read these books all the time when I was younger.
Sami C
I never really liked Curious George because my boyfriend's son constantly watches it on Netflix in bed with us, which means I have to watch it (or at least listen to it while I read a book on my tablet) as well. I find TV show George to be a dumbass who doesn't listen to/ignores simple directions and gets himself and a slew of other characters into trouble.

I'm not surprised that he is somewhat the same in the book. The Man in the Yellow Hat seems cruel in the book, though. He deliberately whiske...more
Curious George is a classic character from my childhood; from the books all the way to the movies, he is a staple character of my childhood. The first book of Curious George starts out when a man in a yellow hat spots George with binoculars and decides he wants to take the monkey home to love with him. He soon finds that George is not as easy as he thought he would be. Curious George is always getting himself into trouble because he loves to see everything and experience it for himself. I would...more
I had fond memories of reading this book as a child and Alana really enjoys the Curious George PBS series, so it seemed like a good idea to check this book out of the library. But, um, what the heck?! This book is terrible! I think if I had understood the themes as a child I would have been horrified. George is inhumanely captured in Africa by the gun-wielding Man in the Yellow Hat and brought to the U.S. Along the way, he falls overboard from a ship and nearly drowns, is arrested and jailed for...more
Sam Cooper
Curious George by H.A Rey is a classic childrens book. Ever since its publication in 1941, children across the world have fallen in love with this original adventure which would lead to many sequals in the future. This book is about a very curious monkey named George and his adventure with the man in the yellow hat. The story begins in the jungle when the man in the yellow hat spots a monkey who he would like to take home with him, so he places his famous yellow hat by a tree and then hides near...more
I've read this book and others in the series many times in the past, but revisited this one with kindergarten when the publisher sent an event kit. Armed with my big good and large yellow felt hat, I gave it a go. The kids were very familiar with George throughout TV and movies. They delighted in his antics. I was surprised by how dated the book felt---a monkey captures in the wild, lots of pipe smoking, the disobedience with not consequences! We had a great discussion about how things have chan...more
May 05, 2011 Eileen added it
Shelves: kids, fear-based

Curious George goes to JAIL.
That is AWFUL.

And then he BREAKS OUT.

What the hell are we teaching our children????
Laura Metts
Curious George

I have always loved the book Curious George. I read it many times as a child. As I was reading this story just now I felt as if I was reading it for the first time. I never before focused on the fact that George was kidnapped and taking to a foreign land where he was forced to figure out his way when the Man With the Yellow hat leave him by himself. I don't think I would consider the Man With the Yellow hat a friend.

Learning Extension:

Talk with the children about the Man With the...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
Quite entertaining. I enjoyed the visual style, it reminded me of European graphic novels. I would have liked a different ending, though...
Cheryl in CC NV
At one point I almost had this memorized. I fear it may have encouraged my sons to be naughty, though, to be honest.
Coraima Lexi6b 2 7D
i like this book.because I'm curious and like to touch things thats not mine.
Shallowreader VaVeros
I can see why this book is a classic. A cheeky monkey tale.
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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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