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Furious George Goes Bananas: A Primate Parody Hardcover – May 13, 2010

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Kindergarten-Grade 2—This "primate parody" from the creator of Goodnight Goon (2008) and The Runaway Mummy (2009, both Putnam) reworks Curious George as "a great big ape" who turns furious each time he gets a new job. While Rex's earlier titles drew laughs by adhering closely to the originals, this one takes a broader approach. It starts like the "Curious George" books when "a man in a funny hat" captures the creature in the jungle, but this man tries to get rich, selling the ape to a zoo, a construction foreman, and others. Each time the greedy guy pockets the cash, George gets angry and scares everyone away. When he's finally sold to a scientist for a trip to outer space, he traps his former owner and his money in the rocket ship, then hitches a ride on the outside of the craft and parachutes back home. Visual references to H. A. Rey's books, such as a bike crash and a balloon flight, are too subtle to have much impact, so the humor mostly depends on the repeated refrain of "George was furious!" and the accompanying spreads showing him wreaking havoc. Digitally colored cartoon pencil drawings capture the silliness but don't inject enough personality to raise the title beyond the one-joke concept. The clever title and the popularity of Rex's other books may draw interest, but without a more direct tie-in to the originals, this effort might make George's fans go bananas.—Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR
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"Rex's latest parody of a classic will tickle the funny bone with its mix of slapstick and deadpan silliness. " --Kirkus
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (May 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399254331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399254338
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 17, 2010
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There is no feeling in the world quite like returning to a picture book you loved as a kid, only to discover how weird or disturbing that book was all along. A lot of adults experience this when they first have kids of their own and want to read them the books they used to love. The green elephant in The Story of Babar. The unapologetic nudist in In the Night Kitchen. And then there's Curious George. That happy little monkey has long since had his adventures adapted into movies, television shows, spin-offs, and even iPod apps. But when you go back and reread the original stories you may find yourself more than a little perturbed by what he experiences. Michael Rex sure was. In an interview on the Michael Spradling blog Rex said, "I love H.A. Rey, but the way that everyone treats George in those books is awful. That man yanks him from the jungle, ties a rope around his neck, makes him work for no money and then puts him in a 'documentary' they shoot on a stage! They even send him up in a test rocket and he blacks out. Not only that, but they keep calling him a monkey, and he's an ape! He has no tail! And what about George's parents? Don't they miss him? It's just getting me furious thinking about it..." The answer? The final picture book parody penned by Rex. What started with ...Read more ›
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I bought this for my 6 year old son because he is a huge Curious George fan. I thought this would be a good spoof on it for us to read. Although the book has fun artwork, and the story has a good message, this book could of been so much funnier. Basically George gets captured and is forced to work different jobs. Each job only lasts a page or two and ends with it saying "George was furious!". It's not a bad book, the potential was just so much greater. We didn't laugh very much...the pictures said way more than the text.
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We are fans of the original Curious George, so I wasn't sure how my little ones would like this one, but they love it. Furious George has become a bed time staple and a favorite at preschool too (my youngest takes the book for show & tell/story time often).
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This book was the biggest hit of the dozens that I have sent to my baby niece and her parents. I found it during the baby's 4-month sleep regression, when her parents were completely exhausted all the time. They read this at night when she was up and crying over and over again. She was more focused on eating than understanding the content, but it was able to diffuse some tension for mom and dad and make a tortuous period more enjoyable. I imaging that my niece will think it is pretty funny when she gets a little older as well.
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Picked out by my 3 year old grandson (a Curious George fan) at the public library, Furious George had us both roaring laughing when I read it to him at home. I was a bit amazed at the sophistication he exhibited in obvious appreciation of parody. We read it numerous times before returning it to the library. George was furious, but we were greatly entertained.
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While adults may pick up this book for its parody, children who know nothing about Curious George will find a vibrant and solid story that will hold their interest. George is a big blue and purple ape who is taken from his beautiful jungle by a man in a funny hat. He is sold to a zoo where "he went bananas." He then is sold to a worksite, a theatre, and finally to a scientist who prepares to send George into space.George grabs the now wealthy man-in-the-funny-hat and stuffs him and his money into the rocket, which blasts off with George on top, who then parachutes down to his purple mommy and blue daddy in the jungle. Rex offsets George's coloring with oranges and yellows when George is furious. There is much to look at and think about in this stand-alone book which is suitable for storytime or reading alone.
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I got this for my son for Christmas. He loves it! He was laughing as he read it. He said it was a silly book. I would recommend this book to any child who likes curious george books, or funny books.
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