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Children's LiteratureCurious George is a little monkey from Africa who is a little too curious. In this book, George wants to explore the world beyond the zoo, so he steals the keeper's keys and begins his romp through the city. His adventures take him on a bus, to a restaurant, on the metro, and to a job as the window-washer of a skyscraper. While washing, his curiosity overcomes him and he stops cleaning to explore a room being painted. The painters have left, and the temptation of blank walls and paint leads George to recreate his jungle home. But George is discovered and chased out of the building. George leaps from a fire escape, breaks his leg, and must be hospitalized. The press covers his escapade and the man in the yellow hat (George's first human friend) recognizes his monkey in the papers. He decides that he must see George once he has recuperated so that he may make a movie about George's life in Africa. Granted, this movie plot is zany and incongruous, but it fits with the free spirit of the book and allows for a conciliatory ending in which all those for whom George made trouble attend the screening and love the film. Canetti faithfully translates the spunk and surprise of the original. It is a joy to see this classic character available in a good Spanish version. 2003 (orig. 1947), Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 5 to 8.