Curious George Takes a Job

by H. A. Rey

Published: April 1974
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 48
Paperback
ISBN: 9780395186497

       

Overview of Curious George Takes a Job

Curious George runs away from the zoo and after many adventures ends up a movie star. "A tale of rippling fun and absurd color-pictures." -- New York Herald-Tribune

George's curiosity leads him into new adventures when he escapes from the zoo, gets a job, and winds up in the hospital.

Synopsis of Curious George Takes a Job

After escaping from the zoo, Curious George tries his hand at a number of jobs. As usual, his curiousity gets him into and out of trouble, and in the end he winds up a star.

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.

"A tale of rippling fun and absurd color-pictures."

About the Author, H. A. Rey

One of the most memorable and charismatic characters in children s literature, Curious George was the creation of the talented husband-and-wife team H. A. and Margret Rey, who fled Nazi Germany for America. Their lovable monkey (and his mischievous exploits) have entertained several generations of readers.

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Children's Literature

Curious George is a little monkey from Africa who is a little too curious. In this book, George wants to explore the world beyond the zoo, so he steals the keeper's keys and begins his romp through the city. His adventures take him on a bus, to a restaurant, on the metro, and to a job as the window-washer of a skyscraper. While washing, his curiosity overcomes him and he stops cleaning to explore a room being painted. The painters have left, and the temptation of blank walls and paint leads George to recreate his jungle home. But George is discovered and chased out of the building. George leaps from a fire escape, breaks his leg, and must be hospitalized. The press covers his escapade and the man in the yellow hat (George's first human friend) recognizes his monkey in the papers. He decides that he must see George once he has recuperated so that he may make a movie about George's life in Africa. Granted, this movie plot is zany and incongruous, but it fits with the free spirit of the book and allows for a conciliatory ending in which all those for whom George made trouble attend the screening and love the film. Canetti faithfully translates the spunk and surprise of the original. It is a joy to see this classic character available in a good Spanish version. 2003 (orig. 1947), Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 5 to 8.
—Veronica Betancourt

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

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