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H. A. Rey (1898–1977)

Author of Curious George

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About the Author

Hans Augusto Rey was born on September 16, 1898 in Hamburg, Germany. He escaped to Paris with his wife after the Nazi's invaded. While in Paris, Hans's animal drawings came to the attention of French publisher, who commissioned him to write a children's book. The result, Rafi and the Nine Monkeys, show more is little remembered today, but one of its characters, an adorably impish monkey named Curious George, was such a success that the couple considered writing a book just about him. Their work was interrupted with the outbreak of World War II. As Jews, the Reys decided to flee Paris before the Nazis seized the city. Hans built two bicycles, and they fled Paris just a few hours before it fell. Among the meager possessions they brought with them was the illustrated manuscript of Curious George. The books were published by Houghton Mifflin in 1941. Curious George was an instant success, and the Reys were commissioned to write more adventures of the mischievous monkey and his friend, the Man in the Yellow Hat. They wrote seven stories in all. Their title Happy Halloween made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013. At first, Margret's name was left off the cover because there was a glut of women already writing children's fiction. In later editions, this was corrected, and Margret now receives full credit for her role in developing the stories. H. A. Rey died in 1977 and in 1989 Margaret Rey established the Curious George Foundation to help creative children and prevent cruelty to animals. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Includes the names: H.A.Rey, Hans Augusto Rey, By (author) H. A. Rey

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Disambiguation Notice:

Despite being married, H.A. Rey and Margret Rey are two different people. Please do not combine their separate author pages. Also, do not combine either Margret or H.A. with pages that have both their names.

Image credit: portrait of H.A.Rey in early seventies reading to children at Cambridge Adult Education Center by Elsa Dorfman, www.elsa.photo.net

Series

Works by H. A. Rey

Curious George (1941) 6,802 copies
Curious George Rides a Bike (1952) 3,352 copies
Curious George Gets a Medal (1957) 2,181 copies
Curious George Makes Pancakes (1998) 2,143 copies
Curious George Flies a Kite (1958) 1,949 copies
Curious George Goes to the Hospital (1966) — Author — 1,863 copies
Curious George Takes a Job (1947) 1,774 copies
Curious George and the Puppies (1998) 1,513 copies
Find the Constellations (1976) 1,257 copies
Curious George in the Snow (1998) 677 copies
Pretzel (1944) 613 copies
Curious George Takes a Train (2002) 603 copies
Curious You: On Your Way! (2008) — Illustrator — 569 copies
Curious George's ABCs (1710) 492 copies
Curious George and the Bunny (1998) 488 copies
Curious George at the Parade (1999) 459 copies
Curious George's Dream (1998) 448 copies
Curious George's Opposites (1998) 320 copies
Curious George's Are You Curious? (1998) — Illustrator — 263 copies
Spotty (1974) 211 copies
Curious George at the Ballet (1986) 166 copies
Curious George: Pat-a-Cake (2011) 125 copies
Sweet Dreams, Curious George (2013) — Illustrator — 120 copies
Curious George's Big Book of Curiosity (2005) — Author — 101 copies
Where's My Baby? (1875) 91 copies
Anybody at Home? (1950) 87 copies
See the Circus (1951) 85 copies
Curious George's Neighborhood (2001) — Author — 74 copies
Feed the Animals (1950) 66 copies
Billy's Picture (1688) 59 copies
Curious George: Counting (2009) 47 copies
Know the stars (1962) 46 copies
Curious George: Seasons (2008) 44 copies
How Do You Get There? (1951) 44 copies
Curious George: Tool Time (2013) 43 copies
Pretzel and the Puppies (1946) 38 copies
Curious George: Color Fun (2007) — Author — 37 copies
Curious George: Before and After (2007) — Author — 32 copies
Curious George's First Words at the Circus (1900) — Author — 30 copies
The Curious George Library (2000) — Author — 25 copies
Curious George Plays Soccer (2017) 25 copies
Whose House? (2017) 24 copies
Curious George: On the Go! (2011) 22 copies
Curious George: Shapes (2008) 22 copies
Curious George Votes (2020) 21 copies
Curious George: Music Play (2009) 19 copies
Favorite Stories (2005) 17 copies
Curious George Hide-and-Seek (2008) — Author — 14 copies
Farm Babies (2017) 14 copies
Good Night, Curious George (2017) 13 copies
Curious George Curious About Phonics: How Many? — Author; Illustrator — 11 copies
Get Well, Curious George (2017) 10 copies
Curious George's First Words About Animals (2005) — Author — 8 copies
Curious George Let's Play (2008) 2 copies
Rey, H.A. 1 copy
Curious George Journal (2015) 1 copy
Zozo Flies a Kite (1960) 1 copy
Costumes 1 copy
The best! 1 copy
Zebrology 1 copy

Associated Works

Merry Christmas, Curious George (2006) — Series Creator — 1,349 copies
Katy No-Pocket (1944) — Illustrator — 1,107 copies
Curious George's Dinosaur Discovery (2006) — Creator — 835 copies
Curious George Plants a Seed (2007) — Creator — 509 copies
Happy Easter, Curious George (2010) — Creator — 488 copies
Curious George Plants A Tree (2009) — Creator — 486 copies
Curious George: A Winter's Nap (2010) — Creator — 458 copies
Curious George and the Pizza Party (2010) — Creator — 443 copies
Curious George Says Thank You (2011) — Creator — 367 copies
Happy Valentine's Day, Curious George (2010) — Creator — 301 copies
Curious George: The Kite (2006) — Creator — 289 copies
Curious George Saves His Pennies (2012) — Creator — 223 copies
Curious George Colors Eggs (2012) — Creator — 219 copies
Curious George Cleans Up (2007) — Creator — 212 copies
Curious George [2006 film] (2006) — Original book — 205 copies
Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George (2010) — Creator — 199 copies
Curious George: Piñata Party (2009) — Creator — 193 copies
Curious George: Farm to Table (2016) — Creator — 169 copies
Curious George: Dinosaur Tracks (2011) — Creator — 165 copies
Curious George: A Home for Honeybees (2014) — Creator — 162 copies
Don't Frighten the Lion (1942) — Illustrator — 148 copies
Curious George the Movie: The Deluxe Movie Storybook (2006) — Creator — 135 copies
Curious George: Home Run (2012) — Creator — 122 copies
Curious George Plays Mini Golf (2008) — Creator — 121 copies
Curious George the Movie: Meet Curious George (2006) — Creator — 100 copies
Happy St. Patrick's Day, Curious George (2014) — Creator — 98 copies
Happy Hanukkah, Curious George (2012) — Creator — 94 copies
Curious George: Fire Dog Rescue (1820) — Creator — 93 copies
It's Ramadan, Curious George (2016) — Creator — 90 copies
Where Is Curious George? (2013) — Creator — 90 copies
Curious George: Good Night Book (2007) — Creator — 79 copies
Curious George: The Perfect Carrot (2010) — Creator, some editions — 76 copies
Curious George: Chasing Waves (1800) — Creator — 76 copies
Curious George Windy Delivery (2014) — Creator — 64 copies
Curious George Builds a Tree House (2017) — Creator — 58 copies
Where is Curious George? Around the Town (2015) — Creator — 54 copies
Curious George: Lost and Found (2008) — Creator — 48 copies
Curious George Discovers Germs (2015) — Creator — 45 copies
Curious George: Museum Mystery (2017) — Creator — 44 copies
Curious George: Dragon Dance (2016) — Creator — 42 copies
Curious George: The Surprise Gift (2008) — Creator — 38 copies
Curious George Early Reader Collection (2008) — Creator — 38 copies
Curious George: Plumber's Helper (2010) — Creator — 38 copies
Curious George: Librarian for a Day (2012) — Creator — 36 copies
Curious George: Circus Act (2008) — Series Creator — 34 copies
Curious George: Race Day (2010) — Series Creator — 32 copies
Happy Birthday, Curious George (2016) — Creator — 30 copies
Curious George: Time for School (2011) — Creator — 27 copies
Curious George Discovers the Sun (2015) — Creator — 27 copies
Curious George: Discovery Day (2007) — Creator — 25 copies
Curious George Grows a Garden (2012) — Creator — 24 copies
The Doctor's Office (Curious George) (2008) — Creator — 23 copies
Curious George Paper Dolls in Full Color (1983) — Creator — 18 copies
Curious George Discovers Recycling (2017) — Creator — 16 copies
Curious George Comes to America [1982 short film] (1982) — Original story — 12 copies
Curious George Curious About Phonics: Let's Play! (2008) — Creator — 11 copies
Curious George Goes to the Hospital [1982 short film] (1982) — Original story — 11 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 2, October 1973 (1973) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Adventures of Curious George [1982 video] (1982) — Original story — 2 copies

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Rey, Hans Augusto
Other names
Reyersbach, Hans Augusto
Birthdate
1898-09-16
Date of death
1977-08-26
Gender
male
Nationality
Germany (birth)
USA
Birthplace
Hamburg, Germany
Place of death
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Places of residence
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Paris, France
New York, New York, USA
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Occupations
children's book illustrator and author
Relationships
Rey, Margret (wife)
Short biography
H.A. Rey was born Hans Augusto Reyersbach in Hamburg, Germany, as was his future wife Margarete Elisabeth Waldstein, known as Margret. Both of them had German Jewish fathers. The couple first met in Hamburg as teenagers. They met again in 1935 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where Hans was working as a salesman and Margret had gone to escape the Nazis regime in Germany. They married that year and moved to Paris. There Hans's animal drawings came to the attention of a publisher, who commissioned him to write a children's book that contained a monkey character called Curious George. In June 1940, the couple fled the German invasion of France on bicycles made by Hans, with only the clothes on their backs and the manuscript of a new book about Curious George. They reached Bayonne, France where they managed to obtain visas for Spain; from there, they went on to the USA, settling in New York City. They sold Curious George to Houghton Mifflin, which published it in 1941. It was an instant success, and the Reys were commissioned to write more books about the mischievous monkey and his friend, the Man in the Yellow Hat. They wrote seven stories in all, with Hans mainly doing the illustrations and Margret working mostly on the text, though they cooperating fully in every stage of development. The Curious George books have sold more than 25 million copies around the world and the original story has never been out of print. The Reys moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1963 and lived there until Hans's death in 1977. A children's bookstore named Curious George & Friends (formerly Curious George Goes to Wordsworth) was founded in Cambridge Square the 1990s by friends.
Disambiguation notice
Despite being married, H.A. Rey and Margret Rey are two different people. Please do not combine their separate author pages. Also, do not combine either Margret or H.A. with pages that have both their names.

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Independent Reading Level: Grades Pre-K to 2nd
Awards: No
 
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DFountain58 | 8 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
- k - 1st
- Great book about curiosity and a love for learning that is presented in a fun way that also touches on themes such as love and friendship.
 
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stewartj22 | 91 other reviews | Apr 24, 2024 |
Read about a bunch of businesses violating labor laws to force a chimp into unpaid labor.
 
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Works
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Also by
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Members
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Popularity
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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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Languages
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Favorited
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