Review: Keep Curious and Carry a Banana

Posted on April 20, 2016

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Keep Curious and Carry a Banana
Words of Wisdom from the World of Curious George
Written by Justin Martin and Liza Charlesworth
Illustrated by H.A. Rey
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
April 2016
80 pages

Curious George and his sidekick, the Man with the Yellow Hat have been entertaining children and adults for over 75 years. In celebration of these beloved characters, authors Justin Martin and Liza Charlesworth have united Curious George and the “Keep Calm and Carry On” meme to create words of wisdom based on the playful antics of this precocious little monkey. And a fitting match up it is as the two share a history. The Curious George series is based on the book, “Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys” written by Margret Rey and illustrated by Hans Augusto (H.A.) Rey, which was published in France in 1939. That same year the phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On” was printed on posters and distributed by the British government as a morale booster for citizens who faced increasing threats of invasion by Nazi forces from Germany.

Inspired by A.H. Rey’s memorable illustrations of the mischievous monkey’s more notable pastimes and bodacious pranks, Martin and Charlesworth captioned each familiar scene with a mixture of homespun idioms and simple advice for living a happy life. After all, in spite of his monkey business Curious George is always on the lookout for fun. Keep Curious and Carry a Banana is the perfect gift for the fearless curiosity seeker in your life.

Copyright (c) 2016 by Peggy Tibbetts

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