Books by H.A. Rey

CURIOUS GEORGE SAYS THANK YOU by H.A. Rey
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 6, 2012

"If the curious protagonist in this story were reading his own tale on an iPad, he might get a little bored. (iPad storybook app, 3-6)"
This "multi-touch" children's book aims to minimize distraction, but in the process, it ultimately neutralizes the power of the medium. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 25, 1966

"If your reader must be prepped for surgery, let George do it."
The nicest thing about the Curious George books is that while beginning readers are convinced that they are just enjoying themselves with George, their supervising adults are equally sure that they are learning something. Read full book review >
CURIOUS GEORGE LEARNS THE ALPHABET by H.A. Rey
ANIMALS
Released: March 21, 1963

"This is further re-enforced by the sounds of the letters being brought out by the names of the items illustrated and then combined into simple words."
The alphabet is introduced to Curious George, an old favorite, and to the readers with the shapes of letters (upper and lower case) being discovered in the shapes of animals and things. Read full book review >
CURIOUS GEORGE GETS A MEDAL by H.A. Rey
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 12, 1957

"George complies and wins a medal."
The fourth book about Curious George and his anthrapoid antics concerns the mysterious letter which came for him. Read full book review >
SEE THE CIRCUS by H.A. Rey
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Sept. 26, 1956

"Not too firm."
Rhymes and colored pictures, that fold open to reveal an extension of the original scene, give the young a provocative meeting with big top characters. Read full book review >
FIND THE CONSTELLATIONS by H.A. Rey
Released: June 15, 1954

"Index, sky schedules, bibliography, handiness for outdoor use, and the author's explicit, striking two tones are the further virtues of a very useful book."
An excellent introduction to the heavens, to satisfy and stimulate a child's interest. Read full book review >
CURIOUS GEORGE RIDES A BIKE by H.A. Rey
Released: June 15, 1952

"Enthralled with his handiwork, George absentmindedly bangs up his front wheel and through a new set of ingeniously interrelating circumstances, gets coralled by a visiting circus and ends as star of the animal show that evening."
Beginning readers and their younger brothers and sisters can follow the beloved monkey's funny string of adventures through Mr. Rey's profusion of colorful cartoons. Read full book review >
BILLY'S PICTURE by H.A. Rey
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 4, 1947

"When they all decide to draw pictures of themselves, Billy the Bunny is able to do his own portrait."
A nonsense story of a little rabbit who wanted to draw a picture but couldn't draw what he wanted to because all the other animals — a puppy, a goose, a porcupine, a rooster, an owl, a mouse, and an elephant — insisted on adding their own ideas of how the picture should look. Read full book review >
CURIOUS GEORGE TAKES A JOB by H.A. Rey
Released: June 15, 1947

"Nonsense with entertaining action text and pictures that tell their own story."
Another story about the curious monkey, and his adventures. Read full book review >
PRETZEL AND THE PUPPIES by Margret Rey
Released: Sept. 11, 1946

"Nonsense in good natured vein."
Pretzel was enormously popular- and "funnies" are the problem children of today's parents (who want to call a halt on their consumption but know of no wise method for so doing). Read full book review >
SPOTTY by H.A. Rey
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 7, 1945

"This is a sure favorite — both for libraries and bookshop customers."
A delightful picture book for any age from three up. Read full book review >
LOOK FOR THE LETTERS by H.A. Rey
Released: Nov. 7, 1945

"This is definitely a picture book with letters as integral parts of the pictures, — amusing, gay, postery type of pictures with lots of humor."
Attractive merchandise, keyed to the substantial market seeking gay picture books with an alphabet idea that's fresh and new. H. A. Rey has made a game of it, a game that children who know their letters will be able to play with signboards and large scale lettering anywhere. Read full book review >
WE THREE KINGS AND OTHER CHRISTMAS CAROLS by H.A. Rey
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: Nov. 8, 1944

"All juvenile markets."
A cheery selection of old, familiar and favorite Christmas carols, 10 in all, song and decorations on one page, and, facing it, illustrated full page of music, in which the notes are exchanged for tiny pictures to fit the carol. Read full book review >
THE PARK BOOK by H.A. Rey
Released: Oct. 25, 1944

"A book that could be used with pre—school children or given to first grders as a primer."
First class primer material dealing with thoroughly familiar scenes, people and activities of any city children whose playtime takes them to a city park. Read full book review >
PRETZEL by H.A. Rey
illustrated by H.A. Rey, by Margret Rey
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1944

"So in the end, Greta accepted him, despite his length."
H.A. Rey has done the pictures — double spreads accompanied by expanded caption text — for a story of Pretzel, a dachshund who was proud of his excessive length until a lady dachshund failed to appreciate him. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Nov. 3, 1943

"Boards."
Remember Au Clair de la Lune (published by Greystone and out of print, unfortunately)? Read full book review >
WHERE'S MY BABY? by H.A. Rey
FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 1943

"Try to explain that to a four year old who is learning to count!"
Companion volume to Anybody At Home? — but not as successful a book — or could it be, perhaps, that the idea, once or twice or three times seen, becomes stale? Read full book review >
TOMMY HELPS, TOO by H.A. Rey
Released: June 15, 1943

"There are eight pictures on heavy paper slides which pull out to show Tommy's brothers and sister in active service, in their tank, plane, jeep, etc. Expensive for so slight a toy."
A paper covered toy book with pictures in full color, which tells how Tommy saves sorap metal, rubber, old stockings, and even takes care of the baby to help in the war effort. Read full book review >
DON'T FRIGHTEN THE LION! by H.A. Rey
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 16, 1942

"Somehow neither author nor illustrator is up to their excellent best in this."
Another book illustrated by the prolific Mr. Rey who has even added a paper-doll dog which can be detached from the back of the front cover. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS MANGER by H.A. Rey
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 15, 1942

Another Uncle Gu play book. Read full book review >
ANYBODY AT HOME? by H.A. Rey
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1942

"Pictures in broad sweeps of flat color, a little more stylized than most of Rey's work."
This is a popular type of book for small fry. Read full book review >
CECILY G. AND THE 9 MONKEYS by H.A. Rey
ANIMALS
Released: June 20, 1942

"The illustrations, of course, are part and parcel of the whole, and the clear-cut sense of form and color is refreshing after some of the more "arty" picture books of today."
H. A. Rey was introduced to many American children with Curious George last year. Read full book review >
TIT FOR TAT by H.A. Rey
Released: June 15, 1942

"It will teach many children how to be kind to animals."
Our most prolific author-illustrator gives us another amusing book, this time about Matt who goes to see his Uncle's Turn-A-Vision Set which shows what happens when tit is played for tat. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1942

"The circus book is the better of the two, in that the figures are less fragile, ducklings and piglets emerge too small for practical handling."
A new kind of cut-out-and-play-book (or more accurately, two of them) which should prove a book to parents whose children aren't quite old enough to be trusted with scissors. Read full book review >
Released: April 15, 1942

"Good fun."
Sheer nonsense and H. A. Rey can swing it. Read full book review >
ALL CLAIR DE LA LUNE by H.A. Rey
Released: Sept. 18, 1941

"Illustrations in full color. This should prove very useful for nursery schools, kindergartens, etc."
Charming and very original presentation of a good selection of French nursery songs, with amusing layout for musical score,-the notes taking the form of appropriate objects, suggesting the text of the songs. Read full book review >
CURIOUS GEORGE by H.A. Rey
illustrated by H.A. Rey
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 17, 1941

"A newcomer, for American children, and a find."
This has a primer value too, as the vocabulary is, on the whole, a simple one for beginners, and there is enough repetition, association of action pictures with text, to carry the first year reader over the more difficult words. Read full book review >
HOW DO YOU GET THERE? by H.A. Rey
Released: June 15, 1941

"The Rey pictures are gay and amusing, with lots of detail that children enjoy examining."
A very good idea, not quite simple enough in development. Read full book review >