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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Curious George
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books (October 26, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395919096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395919095
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-These two books take a familiar, favorite character and create an imitation of his curiosity, but without the Reys' usual spark and attention to detail. In Hot Air Balloon, George is playing with an anchor rope and the balloon takes off with him aboard. It blows quite close to the nose of George Washington at Mt. Rushmore where the monkey unwittingly rescues a worker and becomes a hero. He is rewarded with a helicopter ride around the monument. When Curious George Goes to a Movie, the man with the yellow hat leaves to get popcorn and George goes up to the projection booth where he startles the projectionist, who knocks the reels off the projector. While he untangles the film, George does shadow figures to amuse the audience and again becomes a hero. Both books read like anemic summaries of the original Curious George adventures, but with the lessons eliminated. It is disconcerting that this George never receives so much as a mention of the follies of his curiosity, but is immediately rewarded for a chance good deed, which happens as part of the cover-up for his naughtiness. Both the blandness and the mixed messages make these titles bad advertising for the real Curious George.
Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About 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.

Customer Reviews

I really don't think you can go wrong with these books.
Joshua W.
This is a cute story, but very difficult to enjoy reading to a child because of the way pictures and captions are formated on Kindle.
Tried and True
We stamped our name in the back of each book and gave them to children at our local library.
Vanessa

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
My 3 year old daughter Katy loves the Curious George books. She particularly like this one and wants to read it almost every night. As an aside, the book has taught Katy about the presidents on Mt. Rushmore and she wants to go to South Dakota to see them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Dimaio on April 7, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
My 2 year old has requested it. That qualifies for 5 stars. There's no doubt that images were optimized for Kindle. This book has the best graphics I've seen on Kindle. Only drawbacks, one page or line seemed to be missing and I wish all of the pages with text had a picture also and vice versa. I wish the books were more like half the price of paper. It was exciting to finally see a major little kids' charachter series on Kindle and done well. I hope more are on the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan C. Thompson on January 30, 2013
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Don't get me wrong i like the story but this tablet version stunk. The pictures were tiny. And there were two sets of words. I thought that this was an interactive book but there was no interaction at all.
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By Joshua W. on December 27, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The whole Curious George series has been a favorite of my kids. From very early on, we started reading them to them, and the older they got, the more there was to learn and understand from the books and the pictures. Some reviewers have complained that these are not the original Curious George books or that the plot is very repetitive. While these are not the originals, my kids do not seem to mind, and I don't think they are "worse" than the originals, just slightly different if at all.

The plot is repetitive but that is because George is always getting into trouble so you have the same pattern--he gets curious, he does something naughty, something bad happens, then something good comes out of the bad event, and then everyone is happy and George is usually a hero. This does not bother me in the least. My kids find his adventures interesting and never get bored with that "plot." To them, it is funny and what makes Curious George funny. Sure, if this was an adult book then the repetition might be problematic but thankfully it is not an adult book!

The illustrations are nice and detailed and provide a lot of material for my kids to look at while I read the story to them. The quality of the pages is good and it's nice that there is sometimes stickers or a little activity in the back, though truthfully my kids have never cared for them much.

I like that there are many of these books because my kids become familiar with George and the concept of series, and can distinguish one book in the series from another and even have favorites.

I really don't think you can go wrong with these books. I don't know many other kids that don't like these. They are a good investment!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Disappointed Shopper on September 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Good book. It's one of the older George stories and drawings, not one of the newer George stories and drawings.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
Curious George and the Hot Air Balloon is another charming example of the magic Margret and H.A. Rey weave. Children will find this book enchanting. They will identify with George's curiousity, which causes trouble, and cheer when he saves the day. I enjoyed the delightful pictures. I also appreciated the simple, straighforward language and easy-to-follow story development. Fans of Curious George will love this story; those unfamiliar with his books will become fans.
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It was helpful during a recent road trip with my son. He wanted to read this book at bedtime and we had not brought it with us.
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By J. S on January 14, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
She is a 1. Grader and it was easy for her to read and understand. She really enjoyed reading it.
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