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Adventures of Pinocchio, The
by C. Collodi
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From Publishers Weekly
Innocenti's luminous interpretation of Collodi's tale carves the action out of 19th century Italian landscapes. Clearly shown as a mocking marionette, this Pinocchio races through cobbled city scenes and then throws himself prostrate at the personor fairywhom he has most recently wronged by his hasty, thoughtless behavior. And when he becomes a real boy, the transformation is resounding: left slumped on a chair is the body of a puppet; readers may marvel that what lies so lifeless in that scene was the source of so much trouble earlier on. Enchantment reigns in the pictures, each a perfect elaboration of the text. Innocenti and Collodi are equally at home in a place where puppets have life beyond human hands, and where souls may die and live again, resurrected by the power of love. All ages.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Grade 3 Up Librarians are often faced with the dilemma of adult patrons who frequently request this book for their children, expecting the Disney version, and, when given the original, reject it as too frightening. But the original version is filled with events which are considered frightening fare; it has frequent violent turns of fate and a jerky, wild plot. This newest version will probably come close to a happy medium between Pinocchio as he really is and as people want him to be. Both illustrations and text emphasize the buoyant, irresistible, and innocent verve of Pinocchio, who is never deterred by the often morbid events around him. The full-color illustrations, both full- and half-page, mostly feature Pinocchio, who here is a cute little marionette with a faint resemblance to his Disney doppelganger. The prose is conversational and would make a nice read-aloud choice. Kay McPherson, Central Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 2-4, younger for reading aloud. This retelling of a classic story raises a question: does modernizing and truncating the story to popularize it, lose the essence and charm of the original? The answer, of course, is, "It depends on how it's done." The classic, illustrated by Attilio Mussino, is 310 pages. For his picture-book-size, 96-page version, the editors have cut episodes, minimized details, and abbreviated the dialogue. Eliminated are such elements as the Land of the Busy Bees and notes to the reader, and nicknames have been updated (the Lovely Maiden with Azure Hair is now the Blue Fairy). The emphasis is on the magical aspects of the tale, and the heavy moral tone of the original has been replaced by a more child-friendly approach. The new full-page, turn-of-the-century-style illustrations, in watercolor, ink, and paint wash, are lively, spirited, and appealing. Certainly, the editorial changes bring a smooth flow to the story, and the attractive new look, with large print, will entice the young audience to whom Pinocchio's escapades most appeal. Isn't that what retellings should do? Julie Cummins
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Midwest Book Review
This promises to reach a wide age range; from the advanced elementary audience it intends to reach in over 200 pages peppered with black and white drawings into middle school levels. Collodi's classic story of a naughty puppet come to life is a fine tale which deserves the attention of new audiences.
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Text: English, Italian (translation)
How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child Centuries ago there lived - "A king!" my little readers will say immediately.
Card catalog description
Pinocchio, a wooden puppet full of tricks and mischief, with a talent for getting into and out of trouble, wants more than anything else to become a real boy.
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