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Curious George Takes a Job Paperback – April 3, 1974


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 3, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395186498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395186497
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A tale of rippling fun and absurd color-pictures." The New York Herald-Tribune

About the Author

Hans Augusto Rey was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1898. As a child, he spent much of his free time in that city's famous Hagenbeck Zoo drawing animals. After serving in the army during World War I, he studied philology and natural science at the University of Hamburg. He then married Margret Rey and they moved to Montmartre for four years. The manuscript for 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. 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.

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Hans Augusto Rey was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1898. As a child, he spent much of his free time in that city's famous Hagenbeck Zoo drawing animals. After serving in the army during World War I, he studied philology and natural science at the University of Hamburg. He then married Margret Rey and they moved to Montmartre for four years. The manuscript for 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. 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.

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He is always getting into trouble and it keeps you reading.
Zedada
He was so excited and we have read it several times and will continue to read this book for a long time.
Helle
If only more childrens books were written with this much love and detail.
Rural Life

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 9, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
This classic children's book is a delightful tale of a monkey on his quest to find the man in the big yellow hat. Follow Curious George as he tries to escape from the zoo. There is a turn at every corner. Curious George can't seem to avoid mischief. The illustrations seem to say more than the words. This book is for all ages and is enjoyable whether being read to or reading by yourself. I highly recommend all the Curious George books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ann Azuma on June 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was already a "big girl" of thirteen, when this came out, but I still enjoyed it, and remembered certain scenes when I read this to my little boys. They empathize with George as he escapes the zoo to find his dear friend, the Man in the Yellow Hat. Witty and captivating illustrations immortalize George`s amusing series of adventures which culminate in a role in the movies. Lots of fun.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zedada on November 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
I liked this book a lot. Curious George books are great. He is always getting into trouble and it keeps you reading. I still haven't watched the movie yet but the books make me want to. My 2 year old sister likes them too. It is a good family read. Enjoy!

Jacob - 5 and 3/4 finally (with a little help)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rural Life on February 21, 2012
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One of the best childrens picture books ever. Written to inspire imagination, and accompanied with amazing water-color paintings. Kids keep going back to their Curious George books, to find details they missed, and ideas for how they could make an impact on the world. There is a series of Curious George books, but each is a stand-alone book. It's also nice to have children's books that aren't just empty stories used to push a toy line. The original 7 Curious George books seem to be more popular with most kids, so start with those (Curious George, Curious George Takes a Job, Curious George Rides a Bike, Curious George Gets A Medal, Curious George Flies a Kite, Curious George Learns the Alphabet, Curious George Goes to the Hospital). If only more childrens books were written with this much love and detail.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on July 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is another of the Reys' gleeful books of monkey business. In this one, George escapes from the zoo, wanders into a restaurant and gets caught eating the pasta, takes a job as a window-washer (and gets distracted painting a jungle-scape in someone's apartment), and takes a fall from the fire escape, landing himself in the hospital, where the man with the yellow hat comes to rescue him.

The book is characterized by the excellent writing of the classic Curious George series, with fast-moving action and a lovable, mischievous character all good children love to vicariously enjoy. It's appropriate for preschool through elementary school ages.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lee Lubarsky on November 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As last week was National Children's Book Week, and CG Takes a Job happens to be my favorite, I figured I'd say a few words about it. As a VERY curious five year old boy whose father bought him a Curious George stuffed animal at the tender age of two, I was in awe of the fact that not only could George paint a pretty cool mural of the jungle on an unappreciative woman's wall, but he could WASH DISHES WITH BOTH HIS HANDS AND HIS FEET! This blew my mind. Here I was, an impressionable (and curious) young lad, who watched his own parents dread washing the dishes, and this monkey did it in double the time. I was hooked. This is still my favorite book, even if it wanders a bit (from the zoo, to a restaurant, to an apartment building, to the hospital to . . . well, you get the idea), I still recommend it for curious kids and adults alike.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. T. Davis on January 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
News Flash!

In the skyscraper apartment building yesterday a monkey hired to wash windows painted a woman's apartment to look like an African jungle. Hired by the elevator man, he was warned not to get too curious but to stick to his work.

At first the monkey, at the time of this report we do not yet know his name, worked without even looking in the windows. But when he got to an apartment being painted, according to the painters we questioned, he got too curious, stopped working, and watched the painters.

When the painters left for lunch the monkey entered the apartment and used their paint to recreate his native African environment on the walls and furniture coverings of the apartment, complete with palm trees, butterflies, birds, two leopards, one zebra, one giraffe, grass, bushes and a portrait of the "artist" playing in the trees.

Returning from lunch the painters discovered the monkey finishing his creation. The painters, with the apartment owner and the elevator man, chased the monkey down the fire escape.

Forgetting that concrete was much harder than the African jungle ground, the monkey made a foolish leap to the pavement and broke his leg. An ambulance arrived and took the monkey to the hospital where, at press time, he is receiving medical treatment pending identification.

The woman whose apartment he painted said, "He got what he deserved! Making my apartment into a jungle, indeed!" and the elevator man added, "I told him he would get into trouble (if) he was too curious."

If you want to learn not to be too curious, to see how a monkey got hired as a window washer, to find out whether the monkey survives the hospital and to enjoy all of the other funny stuff this little monkey does, then read "Curious George Takes a Job!" A very funny book!
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