That is...unless your family is full of Republicans, like mine is.
I have been eagerly awaiting this book, having quite enjoyed its predecessor, "Clueless George Goes to War!" And while I really liked that one, it's sequel, "Clueless George is Watching You!" is actually funnier than the first. Pat Bagley is still at the top of his game, sending everyone's favorite monkey president on an adventure to try and stop terrorists - by spying on Americans! While the plot may sound a bit outlandish and implausible (sarcasm, of course), this book can easily be summed up in two (or is that three?) words: non-stop fun. Bagley somehow manages to add wit and humor to a not-so-humorous reality, complete with adorable black-and-white illustrations that are somewhat reminiscent of a children's storybook.
If you were a fan at all of the first book...or you are a fan of the Curious George books...or just a fan of the idea of a monkey running America, then this book is for you. Highly recommended. I have actually read it about 3 or 4 times in the past week, and I still chuckle every time.
Pat Bagley seems to have an uncanny ability to come from what may, at first glance, be far afield and then hits abruptly to the center of the issue he is satirizing. He strikes the mark many times in this short but enjoyable work. He raises metaphoric issues about the politics of our times that abound in exact truthfulness. He leaves one with many chuckles and sighs.
Clueless George is a wonderful parody on several levels. Of course, it parodies the Curious George books, as well as George Bush, Dick Cheney and others. It does this with a well written little story and wonderful drawings. George and The Man (Dick Cheney) are up to their old tricks again, this time spying on people with the MSA (Monkey Spy Agency).
The second book of the series, "Clueless George Is Watching YOU" is a humorous look at how the Bush administration's spying on individuals has mushroomed and how it was hidden from the public. The drawings are detailed and need to be viewed several times before their full impact will hit.
This is the longest of the books. Although I think was great, don't read this if you are a Bush fan. If, however, you are a reasonable human with a funny bone, then these little books are a must. They are a little expensive for what you get, so I would recommend either getting it either used, from a library (as if that is likely) or by buying the three book set on sale here on Amazon.