About the Author
Hans and Margret Rey created many books during their lives together, including Curious George, one of the most treasured classics of all time, as well as other favorites like Spotty and Pretzel. But it was their rambunctious little monkey who became an instantly recognizable icon. After the Reys escaped Paris by bicycle in 1940 carrying the manuscript for the original Curious George, the book was published in America in 1941. More than 200 Curious George titles followed, with 75 million books sold worldwide. Curious George has been successfully adapted into a major motion picture and an Emmy-winning television show on PBS.
The Reys were born in Hamburg, Germany. Hans Augusto Rey (1898-1977) met his wife-to-be, Margret (1906-1996), at a party in her father’s home in Germany; when he first caught a glimpse of her, she was sliding down the banister. In their twenties and thirties they lived in Paris and in Rio de Janeiro, where Hans sold bathtubs in villages along the Amazon River. Eventually Cambridge, Massachusetts, became the Reys’ home and community. Throughout their lives the Reys created many lively books together, including SPOTTY, PRETZEL, and lift-the-flap books such as HOW DO YOU GET THERE? The manuscript of 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. Their incorrigible little monkey has become an American icon, selling millions of books and capturing the hearts of readers everywhere. 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. Visit www.curiousgeorge.com.
Place of Birth:Hamburg, Germany; Margret in 1906, and H.A. in 1898
Place of Death:Cambridge, Massachusetts; Margret died in 1996, H.A. in 1977
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"Children will welcome with great delight this fourth book about the engaging little monkey." Horn Book
"Children will welcome with great delight this fourth book about the engaging little monkey." Horn Book Guide
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I liked this one a lot better than the first Curious George! This is more of how I think of Curious George - he gets curious about something (in this case, a letter addressed to him), he tries to solve a problem (get ink into a pen in order to write a letter), which causes numerous other problems (floods The Man with the Yellow Hat's house/apartment, sets a farmer's pigs free, etc. etc). Ultimately he goes on a completely unrelated adventure (goes to space at the behest of a museum director, lololol). A lot happens in these 48 pages! His adventures usually stem from imitation - he's seen the man with the yellow hat do something, and he wants to do it too; but he gets something wrong - in this case ink spills everywhere which he tries to clean up. I think kids relate to Curious George because they like to solve problems by imitation as well. And they see and understand why things go wrong, which is self-motivating and reinforcing in a way (like, "I'm not stupid enough to do THAT! I get why it's funny, ha ha!").
Fun book. Love the "Curious George" books.
Curious George Gets a Medal By H. A. Rey Curious George Gets a Medal is a great book if you like funny stories. George is a monkey who gets into a lot of trouble. In this story he gets a letter. Nobody ever wrote to him, and he would like to write back. But the floor gets covered with ink! Well, one thing leads to another and George is on his way to a farm to get a pump and dry the room, which is full of water! That¿s where our favorite part happens. That silly monkey can¿t pull the pump and he sets out to find a farm animal to help him. When he comes to the pigsty, he spies a really, really fat pig. But when George opens the gate - all the pigs come out! He wrecked the Dinosaurs at the Museum, too. Can George make up for his bad behavior? Find out! Go to you local library and ask the librarian where you can find Curious George. We loved this book because it was funny and the illustrations were the best! Also, we think that Curious George is a character we can relate to because of his crazy ideas. And 45 years and many books later, he is still cracking up children today. Hope you like the book, Happy Reading! Fellow readers, Rair and Peter