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

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

H. A. Rey (1898–1977)

Author of Curious George

Includes the names: H.A.Rey, Hans Augusto Rey, By (author) H. A. Rey
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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, 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)
— biography from Curious George
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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.

Curious George 5,220 copies, 84 reviews
Curious George Rides a Bike 2,619 copies, 27 reviews
The Complete Adventures of Curious George (Author) 1,795 copies, 22 reviews
Curious George Gets a Medal 1,739 copies, 12 reviews
Curious George Flies a Kite 1,563 copies, 11 reviews
Curious George Makes Pancakes 1,480 copies, 9 reviews
Curious George Goes to the Hospital (Author) 1,470 copies, 12 reviews
Curious George Takes a Job 1,394 copies, 12 reviews
The Stars: A New Way to See Them 1,236 copies, 9 reviews
Curious George Visits the Library 1,162 copies, 16 reviews
Curious George and the Puppies 1,105 copies, 5 reviews
Curious George and the Firefighters 1,035 copies, 6 reviews
Find the Constellations 994 copies, 5 reviews
Curious George Learns the Alphabet 751 copies, 16 reviews
Curious George and the Dump Truck 673 copies, 2 reviews
Curious George Goes to the Beach 641 copies, 7 reviews
Curious George at the Aquarium 639 copies, 10 reviews
Curious George Visits a Toy Store 590 copies, 4 reviews
Curious George in the Snow 504 copies, 4 reviews
Curious George Goes to a Movie 486 copies, 1 review
Pretzel 479 copies, 7 reviews
Curious George Plays Baseball 474 copies, 1 review
Curious George Takes a Train 459 copies, 4 reviews
Curious George's ABCs 402 copies, 4 reviews
Curious George and the Bunny 376 copies, 4 reviews
Curious You: On Your Way! (Illustrator) 369 copies, 9 reviews
Curious George's Dream 356 copies, 1 review
Curious George's Opposites 242 copies, 4 reviews
Curious George and the Rocket 222 copies, 1 review
Curious George in the Big City 211 copies, 1 review
Curious George's Are You Curious? (Illustrator) 205 copies
Spotty 161 copies, 3 reviews
Curious George at the Ballet 136 copies, 1 review
Curious George Goes to the Zoo 122 copies, 2 reviews
Curious George at the Airport 99 copies, 1 review
Sweet Dreams, Curious George (Illustrator) 79 copies, 1 review
See the Circus 71 copies, 1 review
Curious George's Neighborhood (Author) 66 copies, 1 review
Billy's Picture 54 copies
Know the stars 39 copies
Curious George: Color Fun (Author) 33 copies
The Curious George Library (Author) 23 copies
Curious George Joins the Team 22 copies, 11 reviews
Favorite Stories 15 copies, 1 review
Curious George Hide-and-Seek (Author) 13 copies
Whose House? 9 copies
Curious George Curious About Phonics: How Many? (Author; Illustrator) 8 copies, 1 review
Curious George Votes 8 copies, 1 review
Farm Babies 6 copies
Rey, H.A. 1 copy
Elizabite 1 copy
Katy No-Pocket (Sandpiper) (Illustrator) 1,504 copies, 12 reviews
Merry Christmas, Curious George (Series Creator) 947 copies, 7 reviews
Curious George's Dinosaur Discovery (Creator) 539 copies, 1 review
Curious George Plants A Tree (Creator) 364 copies, 7 reviews
Curious George Plants a Seed (Creator) 330 copies, 1 review
Curious George: A Winter's Nap (Creator) 309 copies, 3 reviews
Happy Easter, Curious George (Creator) 298 copies, 1 review
Curious George Says Thank You (Creator) 244 copies, 1 review
Curious George: The Kite (Creator) 187 copies, 1 review
Curious George Cleans Up (Creator) 141 copies, 1 review
Curious George: Piñata Party (Creator) 135 copies
Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George (Creator) 132 copies, 1 review
Curious George Saves His Pennies (Creator) 130 copies, 2 reviews
Don't Frighten the Lion (Illustrator) 122 copies, 2 reviews
Curious George Colors Eggs (Creator) 113 copies
Curious George: Farm to Table (Creator) 106 copies
Curious George: A Home for Honeybees (Creator) 105 copies, 1 review
Curious George: Dinosaur Tracks (Creator) 98 copies, 1 review
Curious George: Home Run (Creator) 82 copies, 1 review
Curious George Plays Mini Golf (Creator) 74 copies, 1 review
Where Is Curious George? (Creator) 66 copies, 1 review
Happy Hanukkah, Curious George (Creator) 62 copies
Happy St. Patrick's Day, Curious George (Creator) 57 copies, 1 review
It's Ramadan, Curious George (Creator) 54 copies, 3 reviews
Curious George: The Perfect Carrot (Creator, some editions) 53 copies
The Family Storybook Treasury 51 copies, 1 review
Curious George: Fire Dog Rescue (Creator) 51 copies, 1 review
Curious George: Chasing Waves (Creator) 50 copies
Curious George Windy Delivery (Creator) 39 copies
Curious George: Lost and Found (Creator) 36 copies
Where is Curious George? Around the Town (Creator) 35 copies, 1 review
Curious George Discovers Germs (Creator) 29 copies
Curious George: Race Day (Series Creator) 27 copies, 1 review
Curious George: Dragon Dance (Creator) 25 copies
Curious George: Discovery Day (Creator) 24 copies, 2 reviews
Curious George: Museum Mystery (Creator) 22 copies, 1 review
Curious George: Circus Act (Series Creator) 22 copies
Curious George Grows a Garden (Creator) 19 copies
Happy Birthday, Curious George (Creator) 16 copies
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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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