Curious George Takes a Job

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Curious George runs away from the zoo and after many adventures ends up a movie star. "A tale of rippling fun and absurd color-pictures." -- New York Herald-Tribune

George's curiosity leads him into new adventures when he escapes from the zoo, gets a job, and winds up in the hospital.

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Overview

Curious George runs away from the zoo and after many adventures ends up a movie star. "A tale of rippling fun and absurd color-pictures." -- New York Herald-Tribune

George's curiosity leads him into new adventures when he escapes from the zoo, gets a job, and winds up in the hospital.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Curious 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.
—Veronica Betancourt
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"A tale of rippling fun and absurd color-pictures." The New York Herald-Tribune
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395186497
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1974
  • Series: Curious George Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 317,735
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.13 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

H. A. and Margret Rey

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.

Biography

In their nearly 40-year-long professional collaboration, the husband-and-wife team of Margret and H. A. Rey created one of the most memorable figures in 20th-century children’s literature: Curious George, the little monkey with an insatiable appetite for adventure.

The Reys, like George, had tremendous zest for travel and new experience. Both were born in Germany, H. A. (Hans Augusto) in 1898, and Margret (Margarete Elisabeth Waldstein) in 1906. Although the two became acquainted in their homeland, they fell in love after each moved to Rio de Janeiro, where they married in 1935. Their honeymoon led them to Paris, where Hans published his first book for children, Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys, introducing Curious George as a peripheral character.

In 1940 the Reys, both of whom were Jewish, fled Paris as the Nazis mounted their invasion of the city, making their way by bicycle to Spain, by train to Lisbon, then to Brazil, New York City, and finally Cambridge, Massachusetts, where they made their home. The few belongings they carried with them from Europe included the manuscript of Curious George, which Houghton Mifflin published in 1941. Together they created six more classic Curious George adventures: Curious George Flies a Kite, Curious George Gets a Medal, Curious George Learns the Alphabet, Curious George Goes to the Hospital, Curious George Rides a Bike, and Curious George Takes a Job.

Like Babar, Bambi, Pippi Longstocking, and countless other children’s book characters, George is, for all purposes, an orphan, one who was separated from his family. (He was kidnapped, in fact, by The Man with the Yellow Hat, who has gained his own degree of fame through the series.) Admonished to stay home and be good, George invariably lets his curiosity get the better of him and winds up in some kind of trouble every time: in jail, on a runaway cow, kidnapped by circus promoters, or in the hospital. In a possible nod to the Reys’s own hair-raising escape from the Nazis, every story involves an antic chase scene. And every story ends in a happy reunion with the man with the yellow hat, who is George’s trainer, keeper, teacher, disciplinarian, and parental figure.

According to their publisher, the Reys were not just a writer/designer team. Although Hans was primarily focused on ideas and illustrations, and Margret on writing, their work often overlapped. The result was pure magic. The Curious George books transcend time and space, driven by a sincere understanding of the forces that propel children: curiosity, resourcefulness, and love of home.

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H. A. Rey also independently produced a series of astronomy books (including Find the Constellations), and Margret wrote Pretzel, about a dachshund, and Spotty, about a rabbit, with H. A. Rey’s illustrations. They lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts until their deaths, H. A. Rey’s in 1977 and Margret Rey’s in 1996.

Margret's name does not appear on some of the earlier Curious George collaborations because, she said, "When we first came to America our publisher suggested we use my husband's name because the children's book field was so dominated by women. They thought it would sell better. After a time I thought 'why the devil did I do that?' So since then my name has appeared also."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Hans Augusto Rey and Margarete Elisabeth Waldstein (full names)
    1. Place of Death:
      Cambridge, Massachusetts; Margret died in 1996, H.A. in 1977

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I hope it's good

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    Posted July 14, 2014

    Pleeeez stop

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    My sister will luv this

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Don't waste your money

    Very poorly translated on to the Nook colour - writing doubled up on original scanned copy and again underneath.Picture size grotty - very disappointed as love these books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2007

    A fun story

    Curious George escapes from the zoo and ends up becoming a movie star. Tells kids that with a little ambition, someone can go from here to there.

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