Parents' Guide to

Curious George

By Mary Dixon Weidler, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Michievous monkey's antics will have kids laughing.

Book H. A. Rey Adventure 1973
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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 7+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+

Allegory in favor of slavery.

A white man goes and takes a brown sentient being from Africa, brings him to America, and makes it assimilate and punishes it when is makes mistakes. Sound familiar? Curious George is an allegory in favor of slavery. My daughter received it as a baby. I read it to her once and was appalled it was still in circulation. No thank you.

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Too much violence
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age 5+

Curious George is king

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (14 ):

George's insatiable curiosity -- and children's understanding of what could go wrong -- make this book such a fun read. This classic from 1941 has been criticized in recent times for seeming to condone colonialism, as it portrays the white Man in the Yellow Hat taking George from the African jungle to the big city with intentions of "civilizing" him.

Author-illustrator H. A. Rey takes care to fill every other page with a colorful cartoon-like drawing. One outstanding picture shows an aerial view of George holding balloons and floating over the city. However, sometimes a series of thumbnail pictures appears on one page and can confuse young children.

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