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The New Adventures of Curious George Hardcover – August 4, 2006
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Featuring the art of Vipah Interactive, the animators of Curious George CD-ROMs, these stories are every bit as hilariously satisfying as those of the Reys. Curious about George's other escapades? Try The Complete Adventures of Curious George. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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 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 numerous languages. And many, many Curious George books have followed.
Top Customer Reviews
My opinion - if you want good original George, buy the original, this is rehash which can be great for the very young, but my daughter and I have quickly gotten bored with this
(UPDATE) Though my son liked the collection of original Curious George stories, he did not initially respond to the new collection. Lately he has grown to like this book so he would probably rate the collection higher than I have.
From a parent's point of view these stories are 'safer' in that (unlike the original stories) George never does anything that would be considered truly irresponsible or dangerous. The following will NEVER occur in the new stories. George will not knock himself out with ether, he will not be swept away while grasping a bundle of helium balloons, George will not climb the side of a skyscraper without a belay, nor will send his customers' newspapers downstream as paper boats - etc. Rather, in the new formula everything George seemingly does wrong is relatively safe and turns out to benefit the other characters.
Though the new stories are arguably more parent friendly, this also leads to why many adult Curious George fans dislike the new stories. While reading, one constantly feels the deadening hand of a marketing department bent on insuring that no risks are taken and that the Curious George brand is in no way jeopardized. Ironically the resulting stories are antithetical to Curious George - I would even go so far to say that the stories do not reflect the same character. It's truly saddening to see such a wonderful, creative character lacquered in this way - and that's why you see one star reviews for this compilation.
(And now it appears that the same business interest has spammed Amazon with cheery 5 star reviews.)
She would sit and go through with me two stories a time, takes more than 20 minutes.
That's a long attention span for an active toddler to sit through and focus on.
And she asks questions and follows the story line pretty well.
I'd say this book isn't that well written for a young child but with a little
shortening and simplifying on the wording it works well.
The pictures are catching and the stories are interesting. Good buy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son loves it. They're his bedtime stories. I got the kindle version and read it on a paperwhite. He really likes the story about the pancakes, and the story about George's... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Joe B
I have three different if these. The red the yellow and now the blue one. My 2 year old wants to listen to them every night for bed.Published 1 month ago by A. McMahan
My 4 year old loves this book. good stories that he gets wrapped up in!Published 3 months ago by Julie W.
Our kids love these Curious George books. We have all three collections.Published 4 months ago by Ben Shoemaker
I read these stories to my 4yr old every night and she still hasn't gotten tired of these stories yet. Even my 18month old sometimes will sit for any entire story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stephanie Leshner
Love these books! We are huge Curious George fans in my home and this book is awesome at capturing the adventures of our favorite little monkey.Published 6 months ago by Amazon shopper
This is a great book for kids. All of the stories are entertaining. My kids loved this book and we read it frequently.Published 6 months ago by Melanie
It is convenient to have 8 books in one. The stories themselves are fun and entertaining. My 3 yr old and 5 yr old enjoy the stories very much.Published 6 months ago by Yi Yuan