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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Curious George Makes Pancakes is one of the mischievous monkey's new adventures, written after the deaths of original authors H.A. and Margret Rey. Curious George books written after Margret Rey passed away in 1996 are credited to the original coauthors, whereas the illustrations are attributed to the actual artists (or groups of artists) who created pictures in the style of the Reys. This story takes place at a pancake breakfast, where George adds blueberries to the batter; the pancakes become so popular that the cook can't keep up with demand. As in other Curious George stories, the cute little monkey means well, but his desire to help creates chaos. Though George makes a poor role model (stay away from the stove, kids), he lets kids know that curiosity is natural and makes everything more fun.
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What's the story?
In CURIOUS GEORGE MAKES PANCAKES, the man with the yellow hat takes George the monkey to a pancake breakfast in the park, where there also are games for families. As usual, George is curious and wants to help. He sprinkles blueberries in the pancake batter, and soon the pancakes are so popular that the cook can't keep up with the long lines. When the cook leaves to find some help to make pancakes faster, George steps in and uses all four "hands" to make rapid-fire plates of pancakes. The cook is angry when he returns and sees George cooking, and he chases George away. George finds a place where the cook can't find him, but his hiding place lands him in the dunk tank. In the end, George has made the pancakes and dunk tank so popular that the mayor thanks him for making the pancake breakfast a great success.
Is it any good?
The new (post-coauthors H.A. and Margret Rey) adventures of Curious George are less clever and more formulaic than the original Curious George books, but the formula remains effective and engaging. Kids who enjoy George in print and on TV certainly will be amused by the little monkey cooking four-handed blueberry pancakes and falling in a dunk tank. Kindle users should note that this book works differently from many Kindle FreeTime books: All the original book pages are treated like illustrations. If you double-click on the original, small text will enlarge the whole page for a somewhat larger-picture view (close by clicking on the X). The picture book pages are followed by Kindle pages with enlarged versions of the text that can be read more easily.
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- Authors: Margret Rey, H. A. Rey
- Illustrator: Vipah Interactive
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Cooking and Baking, Adventures, Wild Animals
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Publication date: March 13, 2014
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 7
- Number of pages: 24
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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