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Curious George and the Hot Air Balloon Paperback – Picture Book, October 26, 1998

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PreSchool-Grade 1-These two books take a familiar, favorite character and create an imitation of his curiosity, but without the Reys' usual spark and attention to detail. In Hot Air Balloon, George is playing with an anchor rope and the balloon takes off with him aboard. It blows quite close to the nose of George Washington at Mt. Rushmore where the monkey unwittingly rescues a worker and becomes a hero. He is rewarded with a helicopter ride around the monument. When Curious George Goes to a Movie, the man with the yellow hat leaves to get popcorn and George goes up to the projection booth where he startles the projectionist, who knocks the reels off the projector. While he untangles the film, George does shadow figures to amuse the audience and again becomes a hero. Both books read like anemic summaries of the original Curious George adventures, but with the lessons eliminated. It is disconcerting that this George never receives so much as a mention of the follies of his curiosity, but is immediately rewarded for a chance good deed, which happens as part of the cover-up for his naughtiness. Both the blandness and the mixed messages make these titles bad advertising for the real Curious George.
Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

H. A. Rey (1898–1977) was born in Hamburg, Germany, near the world-famous Hagenbeck Zoo, and developed a lifelong love for animals and drawing. He and his wife, Margret (1906–1996), who studied art at the acclaimed Bauhaus school, had many pets—including two marmoset monkeys that joined them on one of their steamship journeys across the Atlantic. Hans and Margret’s world-famous curious monkey first appeared in a manuscript strapped to their bicycles as they fled wartime Paris for the safety of the United States. Committed philanthropists in their own lives, a portion of proceeds from each Curious George book sold flows to the Curious George Foundation, which funds programs for children that encourage inquisitiveness in learning and exploring. Curious George has been successfully adapted into a major motion picture and an Emmy-winning television show on PBS.www.curiousgeorge.com.


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HMH Books; Illustrated edition (October 26, 1998)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 24 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0395919096
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0395919095
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 - 7 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Preschool - 3
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.72 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8 x 0.13 x 8 inches
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    4.8 out of 5 stars 237 ratings

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3.0 out of 5 stars Format is terrible!
By Amazon Customer on June 11, 2021
The formatting of the book for kindle was terrible. There were very blurry photographs of the pictures in the book and the words were so tiny you could barely read them. Then 2 or 3 pages on the words would be typed in big letters at the top but not with the picture they belong to. Of course it's a fun story but very hard to read to a 3 year-old because of the formatting. Won't buy any more of these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Curious George adventure
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant. has stickers in which are fun
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book.
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