In Japan, he’s known as George the Monkey (おさるのジョージ). Easy to understand, but not as descriptive.
Did you know that he escaped the Nazis during WW2? Here’s the story:
I was looking around for something else related to Curious George and found a couple of easy-to-read articles:
The second one isn’t really about the character; it’s about this elderly man’s energy, inquisitiveness, and love of reading. Towards the end of the article, it says that people who know him were asked to liken him to a character in a book. One person said he was like Curious George.
That leads to a writing prompt for people who like to read fiction: Which character in fiction do you most resemble? How about a parent or grandparent or a teacher or coach? Or an eccentric neighbor?