‘Tis the season for a mildly spooky Curious George story!

Title: Hooray for Halloween
Author and Illustrator: Margret and H.A. Rey
Rating: 9
Readability: 9
 Raincoast Books for review

Description from Amazon:

It’s Halloween! When George and his friend the man with the yellow hat go to a party at Mrs. Gray’s house, George is excited to find out that it is a costume party. After seeing his friends dressed up as astronauts, mummies, witches, and more, George gets to pick out his own costume. But George accidentally wraps himself up in a tablecloth and gets mistaken for a ghost! Will everyone enjoy George’s Halloween trick, or will he scare away the party guests? Each hardcover gift book comes with festive Halloween stickers.

What I Thought:

This is a perfect Halloween book for preschoolers and early readers!

The story begins with George feeling a little scared when a witch answers the door of his friend’s house. This was the perfect introduction for little ones who may not quite understand Halloween yet. The man in the yellow hat reassures George that he doesn’t need to be afraid. It’s a cute, relatable moment.

Of course George can’t be left alone for more than five minutes without getting into some sort of mischief, so when he crashes off the bed and gets tangled in a sheet shenanigans ensue.

I was looking forward to seeing the man in the yellow hat dressed up, and thought it was pretty cheeky that he was wearing a different kind of yellow hat. I was all, “Ehhhh you got me!” to the book. (The book didn’t say anything back.)

The text was perfect for my daughter to read, since the words were simple and repetitive. She read it over and over again to herself. Yay!

The stickers at the end of the book were a great touch! My girls thought it was so neat!

Extras:Curious George Goes to a Costume Party

This used to be published under the name Curious George Goes to a Costume Party. Why did the name change? Does anyone have any crack investigative skills and can figure this out?


Deck the halls with sheet-draped monkeys! Fa la la la la la la la la!