CURIOUS GEORGE CECILY G AND 9 MONKEYS CL by H. A. Rey, Margret Rey |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
CURIOUS GEORGE CECILY G AND 9 MONKEYS CL

CURIOUS GEORGE CECILY G AND 9 MONKEYS CL

by H. A. Rey, Margret Rey
     
 

“There is originality and a childlike humor in both the amusing antics and engaging pictures.” —Booklist Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys was the first book to feature Curious George, as well as being Hans and Margret Rey’s first book for children. In this initial effort, about a lonely giraffe befriended by George and his eight siblings, we

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“There is originality and a childlike humor in both the amusing antics and engaging pictures.” —Booklist Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys was the first book to feature Curious George, as well as being Hans and Margret Rey’s first book for children. In this initial effort, about a lonely giraffe befriended by George and his eight siblings, we see all the hallmarks of Curious George’s signature style: humor, adventure, playfulness, and the episodic storytelling that later characterized classic George set pieces like the flyaway balloons, the rocket ship, and the bunny escape.

Editorial Reviews

Originally published in French, Cecily G. and the 9 Monkeys was not only Hans and Margret Rey's first book for children; it marked the first appearance of their most enduring creation: Curious George. In this welcome reprint, the diminutive, ever-inquisitive tailless chimp copes with the irrationality of reality.
Children's Literature - Quinby Frank
Fans of the beloved little monkey will want to buy this fresh new edition of the original Curious George story. Before he became famous, George lived with his Mother Pamplemoose and his seven siblings in Africa. They were sad because woodcutters had chopped down all the trees so they had no place to live. When they set off to find a new home, they met a friendly giraffe named Cecily G. who was also sad because she had lost her whole family to a zoo. The little monkeys and the giraffe played together and helped make a new home together. The book includes an informative "Afterword" by Louise Borden telling the story of the origin of the book and the history of the Rey's journeys from Germany to Brazil, back to France, and finally their narrow escape from the Nazis and their arrival in the United States. The "Afterword" is sprinkled with period photographs and tidbits from the various George stories, ending with a picture of the cover of Borden's book, The Journey That Saved Curious George (Houghton Mifflin, 2005). While children will love the gentle story of the friendship between the monkeys and the humor in their clever games, the afterword adds a richness to the story and is presented in a child-friendly format. Readers will want to read more of Rey's adventures in the Borden book. Reviewer: Quinby Frank

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618800667
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/24/2007
Series:
Curious George Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
620,876
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

The Reys were born in Hamburg, Germany. Hans Augusto Rey (1898-1977) met his wife-to-be, Margret (1906-1996), at a party in her father’s home in Germany; when he first caught a glimpse of her, she was sliding down the banister. In their twenties and thirties they lived in Paris and in Rio de Janeiro, where Hans sold bathtubs in villages along the Amazon River. Eventually Cambridge, Massachusetts, became the Reys’ home and community. Throughout their lives the Reys created many lively books together, including SPOTTY, PRETZEL, and lift-the-flap books such as HOW DO YOU GET THERE? The manuscript of the first Curious George books was one of the few items the Reys carried with them on their bicycles when they escaped from Paris in 1940. Eventually, they made their way to the United States, and CURIOUS GEORGE was published in 1941. Their incorrigible little monkey has become an American icon, selling millions of books and capturing the hearts of readers everywhere. CURIOUS GEORGE has been published in many languages, including French, German, Japanese, Afrikaans, and Norwegian. Additional Curious George books followed, as well as such other favorites as CECILY G. AND THE NINE MONKEYS and FIND THE CONSTELLATIONS.

Louise Borden is the highly regarded author of many books, including Good Luck, Mrs. K!, Sleds on Boston Common, Good-bye, Charles Lindbergh and The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in WW II, published by Margaret McElderry Books, and The Journey That Saved Curious George, Across the Blue Pacific, and His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg, published by HMH. She lives with her husband, Pete, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has three grown children. Her website can be found at www.louiseborden.com.

Brief Biography

Place of Birth:
Hamburg, Germany; Margret in 1906, and H.A. in 1898
Place of Death:
Cambridge, Massachusetts; Margret died in 1996, H.A. in 1977
Website:
http://www.curiousgeorge.com

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