Keep Curious and Carry a Banana:
Wisdom From the World of Curious George (2016)
Justin Martin and Liza Charlesworth
A selection from the delightfully vibrant illustrations of the Curious George books of Margaret and H. A. Rey serve as the centerpieces of the book Keep Curious and Carry a Banana. Accompanying each illustration reproduced here is an aphorism that draws from the outlook with which Curious George approaches life in those stories.
The sayings associated with each illustration --- what the subtitle describes as Wisdom From the World of Curious George --- do not provide particularly deep or novel insights. Instead, the charm of the book lies in pairing these gentle suggestions with the little monkey’s playful spirit, as demonstrated by the pair of pages from the book reproduced below.
Beyond the simple pleasure of enjoying these illustrations in a new context, this collection serves as a reminder that finding ways to ease our path through life need not always be a weighty proposition, and indeed may be best accomplished with a bit of play.
Have you read this book, others by this author, or even similar ones by other authors? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts.
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