Illustration Daily – Day 97: Curious George

The “Curious George” books were written and illustrated by a husband and wife team, Hans and Margaret Rey (shortened from Reyersbach) but published under Han’s initials as the publisher felt the children’s book industry was dominated by women. While this may not have been the best decision, the publisher’s suggestion of changing the monkey’s name from ‘Fifi‘ to ‘George’ was certainly a smart one. “Curious George” was lucky to make it to America as the Reys escaped the Nazi invasion of Paris in 1940 taking with them just a handful of personal possessions, one of which was the manuscript that was to become the first of many “Curious George books.


Curious George, 5″x5″, ink, and watercolor on illustration board

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