Curious George Takes a Job

Curious George Takes a Job
First edition
Author H. A. Rey
Margret Rey
Country United States
Language English
Series Curious George
Genre Children's literature
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date
Media type Print
Preceded by Curious George 
Followed by Curious George Rides a Bike 

Curious George Takes a Job is a children's book written and illustrated by Margaret Rey and H. A. Rey and published by Houghton Mifflin in 1947. It is the second of the Curious George books and tells the story of George taking a job as a window washer.


The book picks up where the first book ends. George is living in the zoo, until he gets a key from a zookeeper and escapes his cage. In the city, George enters a restaurant where he is caught eating a pot of spaghetti and forced by the cook to wash the dishes, but he does a splendid job. As a reward, the cook takes him to a friend (who is an elevator man), who gives him a job as a window washer at a tall apartment building. As George works, he observes many people in the different windows, like a child crying because he refuses to eat spinach, or a man asleep in his bed. Once he reaches the final window, he notices it being painted and the painters knocking-off for lunch. George (thinking it would be okay to paint) lets curiosity get to him again and enters the apartment. He then proceeds to give the room a jungle theme, including painting the furniture coverings as animals.

By the time he was done, the painters, the elevator man, and the apartment woman owner chase George out of the apartment down a fire escape. George thinks he would be home free when he jumps down, but unlike the soft grass in the jungle or the zoo, the pavement turns out to be hard concrete. Since it was hard as stone (or concrete), this causes him to break his leg. Because the fall broke his leg, an ambulance arrived to take George to the hospital. Then the others look on. The woman states that George got what he deserved (which was for making her apartment room into a jungle). The elevator man tells them he knew that George would get into trouble because he was too curious.

In the hospital, he is seen unhappily laying in bed with his leg in a cast hanging above him. His incident made a local paper, of which the Man with the Yellow Hat sees, so he is off to the hospital to claim him.

Once George's leg has healed, he climbs out of bed and winds up tampering with a bottle of ether, which knocks him out. The Man and the nurse find him that way and, unable to shake him awake, put him under a cold shower, which does wake him up. Afterwards, George is taken to a movie studio to record a movie about his life, which he and all of his friends (whom he met during the story) are seen in a theater watching at the end of the book.


The book has received reviews from publications including School Library Journal,[1] Kirkus Reviews,[2] The New Yorker,[3] and New York Herald Tribune.[4]


  1. ^ Mcelmeel, Sharron (April 1983). "Curious George takes a job". School Library Journal. 29 (1): 46.
  2. ^ "Curious George Takes a Job". Kirkus Reviews. June 15, 1947. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  3. ^ Galchen, Rivka (June 3, 2019). "The Unexpected Profundity of Curious George". The New Yorker. Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  4. ^ Curious George takes a job. OCLC 16318301.

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