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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Curious George by Margret and H.A. Rey

CuriousGeorgeTake two!

About two weeks ago Kate and I recorded this killer episode where we discussed the classic status (or lack thereof) of Curious George. Naturally, the computer ate the whole dang thing. So we’re doing something a little different this week. Kate’s already read the book so we’re changing things up a little. We get to use the phrase, “predicated on a lie”, discuss Zul’s hair (which I still think is fabulous), 1940s twerking, and the ultimate lesson that white men get to do anything they want. Interestingly it makes for a much more succinct episode. You are going to have to forgive me for the number of times when I call that ape a monkey.

Listen to the whole show here on Soundcloud or download it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or your preferred method of podcast selection.

Show Notes:

– I wasn’t making stuff up. This is the real Betsy Bird:

– He’s the happiest fish in the sea!!


– Captain is checking out some serious tush work.


– Everything makes George happy. Even vomit.


– “Mommy”


– And now … a collage of cat butts.



– The highly technologically advanced firehouse.


– The full map of “The World of Curious George”. The longer I look at this town, the odder it becomes.


– Les souris


– I know what fear looks like. This is not that.


– I do love this detail of the folks following him down below.


– These are very French details to include, don’t you think?


– Curious about the escape of the Reys? Be sure to read the book The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey by Louise Bordon, ill. Allan Drummond.


– Mickey Mouse. How on earth has this book gotten away with this all these years?


– I just absolutely adore Furious George Goes Bananas by Michael Rex. Such a clever book.

Furious George

– Here’s where George ended up on my Top 100 Picture Books Poll.

– Werner Herzog Reads Curious George. For all you kooky Herzog fans out there. No. It’s not actually him:

– Here’s the link to the Ezra Jack Keats Awards for 2018. Yay, Crown Crown Crown!!

– This is HILARIOUS!!


About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.