As the legendary author and illustrator of the Curious George series, H. A. Rey or Hans Augusto Rey spent much of his free time as a child in the zoo drawing animals. Rey was born in Hamburg, Germany on Sept. 16, 1898. After serving in the army during World War I, he studied philology and natural science at the University of Hamburg. He then married Margret Rey and they moved to Montmartre for four years. The manuscript for the first Curious George books was one of the few items the Reys carried with them on their bicycles when they escaped from Paris in 1940.
Eventually, they made their way to the United States. where the first Curious George book was published in 1941. The series has been published in many languages, including French, German, Japanese, Afrikaans, and Norwegian. Additional Curious George books followed, as well as such other favorites as Cicily G. and the Nine Monkeys and Find the Constellations. Rey passed away on Aug. 26, 1977.