by Marko Peric
with apologies to Margaret and H.A. Rey
"I have some business to take care of today, George," said
the man with the yellow hat. "I can't bring you along."
The man with the yellow hat took a violin case and left. He got in his
car and drove away. Curious George was all alone. He looked around the
apartment, and saw a big desk. He opened a drawer in the desk, and found
many interesting things. There was a stapler, some pens, and a bag of
green leaves. George ate a few, but they didn't taste very good, and they
made his head spin. There was also a small black metal object that George
had never seen before. It had a trigger, and when George pulled it, it
went "Bang!" and jumped. It was very loud. George decided this
must be some new toy.
Curious George decided to go outside with his new toy. He showed it to
a man on the street. The man gave George his wallet and ran away. Then
George showed it to some girls playing hopscotch. They screamed and ran
inside. Curious George went down the street. He saw two dumb-looking boys
wearing T-shirts with words that George did not know.
The boys said "Look, a monkey with a gun. Heh heh. Heh heh. Monkeys.
Guns. Heh heh. Heh heh." Curious George did not like the boys. He
pointed the gun at them and waved it. They laughed at him. George pulled
the trigger. One of the boys screamed and fell to the ground. The other
ran away as fast as he could.
A tall man in a blue uniform came around the corner. He saw George and
yelled "Somebody get that monkey!"
Several other men in blue uniforms came running, but George ran into
the park and climbed up a tree. He jumped from tree to tree, and soon
the men could not find him. George climbed down and hurried away. He came
to a grassy knoll, and went to the top of it. From there, he could see
some cars driving in a line down below. He watched the cars.
Suddenly there was a bang! George jumped and accidentally pulled the
trigger on the gun. Down on the road, there was a lot of yelling and sirens.
George dropped the gun and ran away. He went home. Soon the man with the
yellow hat came home. He didn't have the violin case with him.
"Did you have a quiet day at home, George?" the man with the
yellow hat asked.
Curious George, being a monkey, did not answer.
The man with the yellow hat opened his desk. He looked around in the
"Hey, have you seen my gun?" he asked.
Curious George just smiled.