Monthly Archives: September 2013

Activity Books from Klutz

For this month, I’m very excited to talk about the Klutz activity books that just arrived! Klutz takes pride in their wide range of hands-on “how-to-books” that come equipped with everything you need to complete a fun project! I love suggesting these as great arts and crafts ideas or activities for a rainy day. There’s a book for everyone, with recommended ages ranging from 4 years and up to 10 years and up, depending on the activity.

Many of the Klutz activity books that we currently carry take arts and crafts and turn them into great activities for make believe playtime. These include building pom-poms into adorable puppies, and designing tiaras or magical horses. If you’re looking to fill an afternoon with games, we have the Paper Flying Dragons book or the Crazy Action Contraptions Lego book. You can race your dragon paper airplane or Lego car! We also have the Magnetic A-Z for younger kids ages 4 and up to practice their alphabet through games within the activity book.

Crazy Action Contraptions     Pom Pom Puppies      Paper Flying Dragons       Magical Horses

Come check out all of these hands-on activity books at the store, and ask about our arts & crafts and make believe sections to expand your activities!

LEGO arrives at Curious George!

In preparation for the holiday season, we’ve been researching and stocking up on lots of new products.  We’ve asked what you were looking for in our store and the one company we’ve heard from many of you is LEGO. Well, you asked for it, and now we’ve got it!

I am the resident LEGO fanatic at our store, and to say I’m excited would be an understatement. I have been collecting LEGO sets since I was a kid, and the love for this toy has never faded. In college, I made this animation for one of my classes.

We have some really cool sets in both Duplo and Lego brands. Some of my favorites are the Duplo My First Zoo set (pictured below) which comes with some really cool animals. Duplos are great for younger children (ages 2-5). The pieces are larger, which makes them safer as well easier for kids to manipulate and build with.

My First Zoo

LEGO’s Ninjago series is also really cool. This Golden Dragon set will definitely be coming home with me in the near future.

ninjago

The items that I am most excited about are the Minifigure collectibles. Series 11 was just released at the beginning of this month with 16 brand new characters. My favorite in series 11 is the gingerbread man. What’s yours?

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

Mr. Tiger has a problem. He feels trapped by his town of brown and gray houses. He chafes at wearing his top hat and starched collar. He is bored by proper tea-time manners. He wants something more. He wants… to go wild.

Mr. Tiger

In Peter Brown’s new picture book, Mr. Tiger’s journey of self-discovery comes to life with clever illustrations and text as humorous as it is minimal. The bold silhouettes and flat, almost woodblock-like art is reminiscent of Jon Klassen’s work in books such as I Want My Hat Back and Extra Yarn (written by Mac Barnett), but Brown’s playful compositions and keen eye for color make it far from derivative. Mr. Tiger’s bright orange pops against the drab earth tones of his environments, as if struggling to break loose and splash all over the page; together with his extremely droll facial expressions, it lends the character a great sense of liveliness, even when he’s stuffed into his conservative Victorian suit. With a positive message about being yourself, and more than one image so hilarious that even the most joyless grownup would find it difficult to not burst out laughing, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild is one of the best read-aloud books of the year.

The World’s Only Curious George Store carries only the most delightful children’s literature. Visit us at 1 JFK St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, or online at thecuriousgeorgestore.com, and peruse our selection of books for young readers, books for slightly less young readers, books for readers who would be terribly aghast to ever be characterized as young, and readers so young that they must rely on an adult proxy to do their reading for them. Also check our calendar for weekly storytimes and events!

Bananas About Halloween!

October is my absolute favorite month, mostly because of my birthday, but also because, in my humble opinion, Halloween is the BEST holiday. The Curious George Store isn’t afraid of a little bit of spooky fun and decoration! We have costumes for all sorts of little ones: whether you’re a fancy princess, a heroic firefighter, or a tough pirate, we have something here for you!

We like to put on a show for Halloween, so we’re having our good friend Curious George visit the Sunday before the holiday, and even we don’t know what he’ll be dressing up as this year. Drop by for pictures, high-fives, and big monkey hugs. If you want even more face-time with our favorite Curious monkey, we’re having an RSVP celebration on Halloween Day as well. The day will include some great spooky and funny stories, crafting time where the little ones can color, work on some DIY costumes, or even get some simple face paint. And of course, the piece de resistance is the Curious George meet and greet. Who knows, he may even have some tricks (or treats!) up his monkey sleeves! Wear your costume to the celebration and you could even get a little prize.

There are four event blocks for this event, but spots are filling up fast! Reserve as early as you can, and keep a second choice time block in mind for if we fill up.

Curious George Meet and Greet!
Sunday, October 27th, 3:00-4:30pm
This event is FREE and open to the public, no reservation necessary.

Halloween Celebration with Curious George! RSVP Only
Thursday, October 31st, 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm
RSVP to events@thecuriousgeorgestore.com, include your name, the names of children attending, and what time block you would like to attend.

Hello Curious Readers!

It’s September, and the leaves will begin to turn. But don’t despair! Because what’s better than curling up with a book?

There are so many new and exciting titles that will begin to appear on our shelves. I wish I could talk about them all. Instead, it is my pleasure to present my top ten list of books coming out this fall.

  1. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild – Peter Brown (9/3)
  2. Allegiant – Veronica Roth (8/22)
  3. Ivy and Bean Take the Case – Annie Barrows (9/24)
  4. Diary of Wimpy Kid #8: Hard Luck – Jeff Kinney (11/5)
  5. Friends – Eric Carle (11/15)
  6. Heroes of Olympus #4: House of Hades – Rick Riordan (10/8)
  7. Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures – Kate DiCamillo (9/24)
  8. The Snatchabook – Helen Docherty (10/1)
  9. Elephant and Piggie: I’m a Frog – Mo Willems (10/15)
  10. All the Wrong Questions #2: When Did You See Her Last? – Lemony Snicket (10/15)

Limiting this list to ten was terribly difficult. But, hopefully, it will give you a sample of what to look for.

Are you guys particularly excited about these releases? Are there any that didn’t make my list that you think should have?