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Curious George (Curious George Original Adventures)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  107,861 Ratings  ·  766 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
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
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
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?
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).
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
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
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
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
Oct 17, 2012 Emily.rebman rated it it was amazing
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.
David Ward
Feb 09, 2016 David Ward rated it really liked it
Curious George (Curious George Original Adventures) by H.A. Rey (HMH Books for Young Readers 1941) (Fiction - Children's) is the first book in a wonderful children's series about a little monkey named Curious George who comes to the city to live with the man in the Big Yellow Hat. Every child knows and adores Curious George. My rating: 9/10, finished 1960.
Dirk Grobbelaar
Nov 15, 2011 Dirk Grobbelaar rated it liked it
Quite entertaining. I enjoyed the visual style, it reminded me of European graphic novels. I would have liked a different ending, though...
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????
May 29, 2016 Noah rated it it was amazing
Movie is sooooo much better
Jun 05, 2015 Jeff rated it it was ok
This book is quite easy for me. Curious George is very playful
Sirajam Munir Shraban
Dec 19, 2015 Sirajam Munir Shraban rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sirajam Munir by: Iffath Sabrin Tuhin
Shelves: raed-in-2015, kids, comics
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Shallowreader VaVeros
I can see why this book is a classic. A cheeky monkey tale.
Coraima Lexi6b 2 7D
Apr 14, 2008 Coraima Lexi6b 2 7D rated it really liked it
i like this book.because I'm curious and like to touch things thats not mine.
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.
Jenny Henry
Oct 24, 2016 Jenny Henry rated it it was amazing
Picked this up on a whim for my two year old. He loved it. George is an endearing character that you want to keep reading about!
Oct 12, 2016 Alexus rated it it was amazing
Curious George is a fun story about a monkey who is curious about everything, he gets into everything and even causes a little trouble. Young children can defiantly relate to George, because children are always wanting to know about the world and how it works. this story can be a great lesson for children, that is okay to be curious about things, but your actions sometimes can get you in a lot of trouble. the illustration is bright and colorful the character are not draw more in a comical way th ...more
Abby Kenski
Oct 11, 2016 Abby Kenski rated it really liked it
I have always loved Curious George. I have seen the movie and have watched the show. However, I never got a chance to actually read the book. As I read the book, I continued to fall in love with it more and more. The illustrations throughout the book was so cute and lively. They definitely showed the true bond between George and his owner. I thought it was comical to see how on the one page George and his owner were sitting in chairs smoking pipes, because it's not everyday you see a monkey smok ...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
Oct 08, 2016 Thais rated it it was ok
Reading as an adult, this book has a terrible story and overall message.
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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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