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Curious George (Curious George Original Adventures)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  90,017 ratings  ·  608 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

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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
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midnightfaerie
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
Michaelcheng
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
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Ronda
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
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Tiffany
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
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
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Christine
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
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Ebookwormy
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
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Rebecca
Oct 23, 2009 Rebecca added it
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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
Wade
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
Carson
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
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
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
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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
Nathaniel Mccombs
“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
Sophie Gray
Apr 29, 2014 Sophie Gray added it
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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
Amaal
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
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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
Cale Knutson
Curious George is an amazing children’s book with pictures that are fun for young kids to look at. The story is about a monkey that is caught by a man in a yellow hat and brought back to the city. Once he is brought back to the city Curious George is amazed with all the new things around him. The book has very well drawn pictures that are funny to young children and help the young children match the sentences to the actions of what the little curious monkey is doing. It’s exciting to keep readin ...more
Jessica
The story of how Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat come to meet. There are random and extreme situations but it's still fun. For some reason a monkey in unrealistic situations appeal to children. My daughter kept saying, "Let's see what happens next!" It's an old book so I don't expect it to be PC in all the ways that several other reviews want it to be. Also, there are stories of Curious George that were actually written by H.A. Rey and then there are Curious George books that are BA ...more
Keani Meier
George met the man in the yellow hat in Africa, Because of his curiosity he made a new friend and was able to go on a grand adventure. He made his way to a Big City by ship. In the city he pranked the fire department, and was put in to jail. As a clever little monkey he was able to sneak out and have a tour of the whole city. When ran in to the man with the yellow hat again he was brought to the zoo to make new friends.
I can use this book the classroom by discussing the term curious and seeing
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Debra
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
Emily.rebman
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
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Kaitlyn
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
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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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