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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Curious George
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (October 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618538224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618538225
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Customer Reviews

It is a big sized book and nice pictures.
Kathy
He loves watching Curious George cartoons, so I knew he would love the book.
Frog In A Tutu
He wants to be read the diffrerent stories every night.
Zulema Perez

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Susan Bijur on December 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My son received this book over a year ago at age two. He LOVES it. We have to read at least one Curious George story every night. All eight stories are wonderful Curious George tales (Takes a Train, Visits a Toy Store, and the Dump Truck, Goes Camping, and the Birthday Surprise, Goes to a Costume Party, Visits the Library, in the Big City). To address one CG reviewer's concern, neither George nor the Man with the Yellow Hat smoke in any of these stories. This collection has held up well with the usage and is a great price. I highly recommend it.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Adam Lux on August 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was disappointed with this book; I ordered it online without realizing that it was a recent publication, illustrated 'in the style of' H.A. Rey. Both the illustrations and the stories lack the charm of the originals.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By drahcir on September 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Our daughter LOVES Curious George- we already had the "Complete Adventures of Curious George" when we decided to buy the "Treasury".

We were aware that the "Treasury" was not by the original authors, but rather "inspired" by their work, and were a bit hesitant to purchase it, particularly based on a few less than flattering comments on the [..] website- some found it formulaic, drawings uninspired, etc.

We were pleased with our purchase. Our daughter loves this book, currently more than "Adventures", likely because she hasn't completely memorized it!

The illustrations are good (if perhaps subtly different than H.A. Rey's), the plot lines entertaining (maybe stories about a mischievous monkey can't help but be to be a bit formulaic). These books were written in the 1990s and 2000s, so it's not surprising that no one smokes in them and minorities are more visible (without, in our opinion, the books striving to be overwhelmingly politically correct).

But reading "Curious George Visits the Big City", obviously set in New York, saddened us. There's a scene where George is looking out over the city, and what look to be the World Trade Center is visible in the distance. This particular book was written in the 90s, based on a view that today's children will never see.

If your children liked the original George book, they will enjoy this one too. Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By St. Paul 1 on September 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a fairly cynical effort by a publisher trying to wring every last penny out of the creation of a deceased author. Although the book cover says in prominent lettering, "Margaret and H.A. Rey", do not be fooled. They had nothing to do with this. Rather, every story is "in the style of" Margaret and H.A. Rey. It's pretty obvious the stories were churned out as quickly as possible, as they all have basically the same plot, same resolution. Do a little research, get the original Curious George books by the Reys, and you'll be much happier.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob on June 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
These Curious George stories are what you'd expect - predictable and formulaic (George goes somewhere, he ignores Yellow man, he gets into trouble, and then undoes it with something good, etc. Sorry if I ruined it for anyone.) But what I found a little troublesome is that the title was listed as by H. A. Rey and Margaret Rey, but it's not until you start reading the interior that you find that the stories and art were done "in the style" of them, but not by them. I think it's a little cheeky to advertise that way.

But as far as the stories and art go, these hold the interest of the kids but don't really teach them anything (other than that you can be rotten and then get away with it by doing something good. If only real life worked like that... I've flubbed a few projects at work that I wish I could have followed up by making a cake for my manager. Maybe that would work?)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nobes on March 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
These stories do not have the same charm or creative plot lines as those 'originals'. The majority are stories of a monkey running off and doing things he shouldn't but in the end is praised for it. Yawn. My toddlers like the illustrations but some stories could use a lot more creativity and down-to-earthness (if that is possible with a book about a monkey). There seem to be no realistic consequences and the man in the yellow hat is always taking George somewhere and then letting him run off. Predictable.

Not a horrible read but certainly not the classics. I wish I had just checked it out from the library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By avidreaderAL on March 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased this book as a gift for my nephew (5 years old), and I had it shipped directly to him. When I went to visit and saw the book , I was really surprised at how thick it was. When I was a kid, I always thought there weren't enough Curious George stories. I wish I'd had this book back then. Since he's only had it for a few months, I haven't seen any of the book binding issues that other reviewers have mentioned. I definitely think that, for the price, it's a great buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David W. Knighton on January 9, 2014
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This digital edition of the book is not unusable, but the layout is very poor on my Kindle app. The book is primarily visual, yet the pages appear poorly scanned with text inserted haphazardly.This book would be better suited to a visual-only format where the text is made legible within the page images.

My daughter does enjoy the stories, but she would have trouble reading this by herself using the Kindle app due to the poor layout.
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