Millions of kids grew up with Curious George, an inquisitive brown monkey who’s at the center of the children’s books series The Adventures of Curious George. Few of those young readers knew about the story of George’s creators, Hans and Margret Rey. Their experiences fleeing the Nazis during World War II are chronicled in Allan Drummond’s “The Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey’s Journey from France.”
“My [illustrations] are only half of the story,” said Drummond during the show’s recent preview reception. “It’s really [Louise Borden’s] story.” Borden is the author of The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey, the book in which this series of illustrations originally appeared. Drummond’s art is as expressive as Curious George’s innocent eyes, relying on a cool color palette that surprises with pockets of red, orange and yellow, the last paralleling the signature yellow of the Curious George book jackets. Photographs, journal pages and letters from the Reys are included in the exhibit.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through June 15. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline. For information, call 713-942-8000 or visit hmh.org. Free.
Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: Nov. 8. Continues through June 15, 2013