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Curious George Cleans Up (2007): …Until the Cows Come Home

Stephen Krensky, Curious George Cleans Up (Houghton Mifflin, 2007)

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For a series that originally ran only seven books, Curious George has legs out to here…

Krensky’s “cine-manga”-style adaptation of another Curious George TV episode (viz. review of Curious George Takes a Trip, above) at least does a better—much, much better—job at keeping pace with the episode it’s adapting, but once again I couldn’t help feeling they would have done better to make these twenty-four page books forty-eight and add a bit more of the episode in. The story here is at least coherent, but there’s still too much left out for any of the humor to land correctly, especially the cow bits towards the end; they definitely have an “it’s in the episode so it needs to be here” feel without anyone seeming to have considered the emotional thrust. Nothing here is going to make anyone laugh. Watch the episode instead (the entire Curious George animated series is a Netflix streaming mainstay). **

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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