Top critical review
Interesting for small children who like dump trucks, ducks, and George. Skip it otherwise.
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2015
The story is insipid, and I didn't particularly like this about it: George causes the dump truck to dump its load into the pond, but instead of being angry, the park workers say "Oh look, the ducks are having fun on the island that monkey made!" In the original Curious George books, George had to take a specific action to remedy his foul-ups. For example, in Curious George Rides a Bike, he redeemed himself with the animal show folks whose ostrich he'd almost killed by rescuing a baby bear. In this book, though, his big mistake just gets spun into a positive. Not a good message about healthy remorse and making amends.
The best thing about this book is that it has George and a dump truck and ducks and stickers, and my toddler son likes George and likes dump trucks and likes birds and likes stickers. The stickers are fun, but be aware that only a few of them are related to the story. Most of them are just assorted transportation equipment drawn in the illustration style of the book.