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Curious George by H.A. Rey
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Feb 11, 2012

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bookshelves: literature
Recommended to Erik by: Anne-Lise Graff
Recommended for: very little kids maybe
Read in August, 1957 , read count: 6+

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, kidnapped and taken across the sea, destined for a zoo. By misadventure he escapes into the foreign city, has dangerous adventures, then is "rescued" to spend the rest of his days in happy captivity. --Just about as politically incorrect as one can imagine and, besides, the art is poor...

Still, Jack, working by his own standards, liked the story, identifying presumably with the curious monkey, with the trouble such curiousity can lead to and with the resolution of all the excitement in the confines of a safe home.

--All of which makes me wonder if many studies have been done of the books children prefer as opposed to the books parents prefer to give to their children...
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message 1: by Dan's (new)

Dan's Obsessions well this review, has proved ...
immensily informative.. let me explain

message 2: by Dan's (new)

Dan's Obsessions actually, there is. . .a giant robot, named 'Mad George' most if not all Robots in the modern planet warfare.. are looking like mechanised chimps

and there is an 'insert story' about this terra'forming robot, who is enormously huge, can+t move without causing 'havoc' and various petty disasters around him...
He is about to become obsolete, when those 5 mercenaries step in, join hands, to ^master^ the controls, hence 'provide' some overall balance, by branching the motion sensors, that have literraly been 'ripped off' this masive machinery..
I liked it so much , I read the whole 3 part story, in one take, in that bookstore!

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