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Curious George Paperback – 1 Nov 1988

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  • Paperback: 46 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Juvenile Books (1 Nov. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039515023X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395150238
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.7 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book tells the story of a monkey who is abducted from him home in the jungle and taken to the city by The Man with the Yellow Hat. The Man intends to take George to the zoo. There's just one problem, George is always curious.

And so it is that he tries to fly while on the ship taking them to the city. But when he tries to make a phone call, things get really out of control. Will George's curiosity get him into trouble he can't handle?

This is another one I remember liking from my childhood. I'm not sure it holds up as well today as it did back then. Part of it is the potential issue of George's abduction. It didn't bother me as a kid, but it doesn't sit as well with me as an adult. Then again, George being curious in the jungle wouldn't be interested for those of us who live in the city, and it's just a set up to the main fun of George in the city.

And really, the story is fun. The moral of the danger of curiosity comes through loud and clear. It's a wild, improbable tale, but I certainly remember loving it as a kid. And the pictures, while dated, are simple and charming. There are some other dated elements (like smoking a pipe being treated as normal), but most of the kids today will still enjoy the book.

So George is still a charming friend for any child, although he's not quite as classic as some other choices.
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By Kiwi on 8 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
The original Curious George comes complete with the old-style firemen, telephones, systems and ideas. This initiates several discussions about society as it was not so long ago. The cheeky charm of our favourite well-meaning young ape is enjoyed as much as ever.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Dec. 1998
Format: Paperback
"Curious George" used bolder and more colors than most picture books of its day. It remains a bright work full of wonderful facial expressions. Children will identify with the childish monkey with the good heart and natural hubris. I love the way this first one throws in details that would be prohibited today, like when George has "a good pipe" before going to bed!
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79 of 88 people found the following review helpful
People, It's a children's book 12 Jan. 2003
By David Michael Cohen - Published on
Format: Paperback
Nothing is sacred to the spectre of political correctness, so the negative reviews of "Curious George" shouldn't surprise me. The reviews likening George's story to the African slave trade are particularly puzzling: children do not think in those terms. I suggest that the folks who complain that it glorifies illegal animal trade read it more closely. George makes a lot of innocent mistakes, he doesn't mean to be bad, but the world is too fascinating for him to resist. He needs to have an authority figure looking out for him, and although he does try to get around the authority figure everyone knows the man with the yellow hat will save George from himself in the end. Yes, George is a monkey, but he is also a metophor for children everywhere. Every child in the world can relate to George, and that is why the books have remained popular for so long.
I loved Curious George as a child, and I am happy that my children love them as much as I do. If any book in the 4-8 age bracket deserves 5 stars it is Curious George.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
What's wrong with being curious? 30 May 1999
By R. D. Allison ( - Published on
Format: Paperback
This famous children's book was the first of seven books by Rey about a monkey who is brought to the U. S. from Africa and who seems to have a penchant for getting into trouble. But, his curiosity keeps leading into new adventures and learning new things. The Ann Arbor reviewer of Oct. 7, 1998, clearly is angry at George. If that is the case, why not use the story to teach about rule breaking? I think it is very interesting to learn that the Reys had arrived in New York in 1940, having fled from the Germans invading France. In a way, they were just like George, forced to come to a new world and a new culture. I'll bet they got into trouble every now and then just because of their innocence and their curiosity.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
My daughter's favorite book 16 July 2000
By Robert James - Published on
Format: Paperback
Curious George was one of my favorites as a child, and this book has become an obsession for my three-year old. At a time when her own curiosity has gotten her in some deep waters (literally, on one occasion), George has helped her understand her own curiosity -- and it's helped me as a parent remember how curious I was myself. You can't go wrong with Curious George!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Curious About George? 1 Mar. 2001
By Jacob Griswold - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book has several key characteristics that make it good for children. For instance the book is very colorful. Books with a lot of color attract kids eyes and excite them. Also this book introduces a comical character who likes to imitate what he sees others doing; this is typical of energetic children. The third is George's adventures, George often finds ways into them and out again before you are done laughing. Children tend to imagine themselves flying high in the sky with balloons or taking a ride on a ship. This character is fun for anyone who cares to remember their youth and imagination.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
No complaints here 31 May 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent story. The pictures are beautiful, and it's cute and very amusing. To those who seem angered about the capturing of the monkey, jail and other aspects of this story, try taking a different perspective. All of these things are a fact of life that we can't ignore. Our children are going to be introduced to these things in some way or another. Take this book as an opportunity to take an active role. Read the story and sit down and discuss any questions your children may have. That's what being a parent and teaching is all about. The story gives you an opportunity to approach these subjects in a way that is geared towards children. My child is 3 and has asked for this story numerous times. No nightmares have occurred. But, books are just like movies. As a parent you screen it first. If you find it inappropriate for your child, then don't read them the whole series. Don't read it at all. However, my daughter and I both love it and will continue to read it over and over.
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