What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that George's antics will have kids laughing. The writing is simple and direct, and the art is charming in this adventure tale. Some kids may be a little troubled by George's sad expression when he's whisked away from home -- as well as when he lands in jail for accidentally calling the fire department. Reassure them that they won't get locked up for minor infractions.
What's the story?
What happens when you take a curious monkey out of the jungle and set him loose in the big city? When the monkey is Curious George, the answer is chaos ... and a whole lot of fun! It's one adventure after another until he is arrives happily at the zoo.
Is it any good?
George's insatiable curiosity -- and children's understanding of what could go wrong -- make this book such a fun read. "My baby brother does that!" one 6-year-old exclaimed at the pictures of George dialing the phone. "He doesn't know any better," a 5-year-old boy said -- and he explained, to his mother's relief, "After all, he's a monkey!"
Author/illustrator H. A. Rey takes care to fill every other page with a colorful cartoonlike 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 confuses young children. "Are there three monkeys?" one 4-year-old asked.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how George keeps getting into trouble. Parents may want to talk about consequences. For example, why is George in such serious trouble after the fire-station incident? What would happen if you accidentally summoned a fire truck in real life?