Curious George and the Rocket by H.A. Rey – Book Review

Curious George and the Rocket by H.A. ReyArya liked the first Curious George book we read last week so I found another in the series.

Curious George and the Rocket by H.A. Rey shows George dressed up as a cute space monkey in a bright yellow outfit. Arya liked looking at the cover because of the high contrast image against the blue background.

I liked the cute back cover with a check list of the items George needed to go into space.

Curious George and the Rocket was based on the book called Curious George Gets a Medal written by the Reys during the height of the space race in the early 60s. The publisher, Houghton Mifflin Company, used the copyright assigned by the Reys to produce additional Curious George books.

Curious George and the Rocket tells the story of George becoming the first monkey in space. The book is loosely based on the real world experience of Albert II, who is considered to be the first monkey to go into space after passing the Kármán line in 1949. Unlike Albert II, George survives his space flight and receives a medal.

The illustrations are designed in typical Rey style with both George and the man with the yellow hat appearing throughout the book. Although the text occupies more of each page than in Arya’s favorite books, she still liked looking at the colorful pictures. Light pastels and some horizontal pages add even more visual interest to the book.

The story will be meaningful to older children and may foster an interest in actual space exploration. I plan to re-read the book to Arya once she is old enough to visit the National Air and Space Museum or Cape Canaveral.

Curious George and the Rocket costs (including shipping) $5.95 new and $3.79 used from Amazon.