Sometimes I have to ask certain characters to please excuse themselves from a scene.
Most are very understanding, slipping out of the scene to play a video game or go shopping.
Parents-not so much.
When I ask the parents to please find something else to do while their daughter saves the world, they say, "Over my dead body."
Only, I am not prepared to kill anybody...yet. So, I have turned to Curious George for answers.
Yes, Curious George would never be able to set the pigs loose or call the fire department if the Man in the Yellow Hat was always around.
And so the Reys used the following methods of getting rid of this annoying parental figure-so that Curious George could be Curious:
Method #1 - Parental unit assigns main character a task and sends main character away.
A perfect example in Curious George Goes Camping. The Man asks George to fill the bucket with water while he puts up the tent. I think he really wants George out of the way so that he can set the forest fire George puts out later in in the book.
Method #2 - Parental figure leaves the scene, placing implicit trust in the main character that they will behave while they are gone.
Hmmm...this seems to be the Man's favorite method. Really, it is in 75% of Curious George books. He thinks that if he says, "Just stay out of trouble," then everything will be all right? I'm not a big fan of the Man's parenting methods. Someone needs to call SRS...or PETA.
Method #3 - Main character sneaks away from parental figure. (And parental figure does not find main character again until all of the action has transpired.)
In Curious George Visits a Toy Store, George sneaks away while the Man is deep in conversation with a lady in green. Again, a serious case of neglect. He's not even looking at George. On the other hand, I'm pretty sure George has threatened to fling poo at the said lady if she doesn't distract the Man.
Oh wait, there is one more. Hardly worth mentioning because it is the worst method ever.
Method #4 - Who knows?
The book begins with no explanation of where the Man is. No doubt on another safari, looking for another wild animal to bring home to suburbia.
You can't really start a book out like this, unless you are Michael Grant. Gone begins with all the parents disappearing. Where are they? No one knows. But it works, because that is the whole point of the book.
Disclaimer: I don't have a really bad scanner, just no scanner, and a camera instead. I had to explain to my husband why I was taking pictures of our son's Curious George book.
Second Disclaimer made many days later: After discussing blog illustrations with my Litigating Latin Love, I have decided to remove all images that aren't mine. I've made a few edits so that the post still reads well, but trust me, it is just not the same...