Every spring and fall my parents scour their local library sale coming home with tons of books for very little money. The books are often library discards or donations. The money benefits the library and I should mention that they volunteer as well. Often my children benefit and receive piles of books. I love it and we have often found some gems this way. Although I’m running out of room I would never say no to a book. There have been a few times however that I have made certain books “disappear”. Case in point – Curious George by H.A. Rey. Somehow we just read this for the first time the other night.
Have you ever read Curious George? And I don’t mean Curious George does this that or the other, I mean plain Curious George from 1941. Allow me to summarize for you:
First the cute little monkey is captured by the man with the yellow hat who carries a gun on his back.
Curious George is then sailed across the ocean, only falling in once. Back on land again George is allowed to smoke a pipe after dinner.
He gets into a bit of trouble after accidentally placing a call to the fire department and is thrown in prison.
Don’t worry, he escapes.
He then goes on his famous balloon ride and is taken to a zoo to live out his days.
Does anyone else find this disturbing? I would also caution against Curious George Goes to the Hospital where George manages to get high and pass out from sniffing ether. Seriously. There’s a play by play of his trip in there. This book was also found not once, but twice through the same library sale. I have a feeling I know why these books were being discarded.
Now to be fair. We do own many, and I stress MANY, Curious George books written in the last 20 years and none of them have seemed bad in any way to me. In fact we enjoy many of them quite a bit and the first movie I took my son to was Curious George a couple years back. After all, Seth does have a bit of a curious streak in him.