Everyone knows the Disney film Pinocchio, but the original, dark story of the boy puppet is crying out to be rediscovered. A poor Florentine craftsman called Gepetto is delighted to be given a gift of talking wood and immediately sets about carving it into the shape of a marionette puppet. His creation is Pinocchio, a mischievous boy who runs away ...
Everyone knows the Disney film Pinocchio, but the original, dark story of the boy puppet is crying out to be rediscovered. A poor Florentine craftsman called Gepetto is delighted to be given a gift of talking wood and immediately sets about carving it into the shape of a marionette puppet. His creation is Pinocchio, a mischievous boy who runs away as soon as he learns to walk. Little Pinocchio finds it very hard to be good, and constantly struggles to learn the life lessons which Gepetto and other characters try to teach him. When a talking cricket tries to warn Pinocchio about being obedient, Pinocchio accidentally kills him. A very different fate to Jiminy Cricket's in the Disney film.A constant struggle to avoid danger and try to be good eventually leads Pinocchio to try hard at school and pass with flying colours. He meets a good fairy, and after a few detours such being sold to a circus, Pinocchio eventually proves to her that he is good, although he is disappointed to still be a puppet. The fairy then throws him a party and transforms him into a real boy at last.An entertaining story for children, with deeper meanings for the adults who read it to them, Pinocchio is an enduring tale of the difficulty of behaving well and what it means to be good.
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The Adventures of Pinocchio is a classic story about what happens to a foolish puppet who does not listen to the wise advice of others and who disobeys his unselfish father Geppetto. From the moment he comes to life Pinocchio causes trouble. He chooses not to listen to the Talking Cricket, a black-bird, a Parrot, and a Fairy with blue hair. Pinocchio encounters a (supposedly) lame Fox and a (supposedly) blind Cat who dupe him into putting money in the (alleged) Field of Riches. After skipping school Pinocchio narrowly escapes a vicious police dog and a hungry green fisherman. Pinocchio becomes a donkey (Collodi makes good use of symbolism here!) as a result of his visit to Funville. The donkey becomes lame after tripping in a circus act. A man comes along to purchase the lame donkey so the animal's skin can be used to make a drum. After being thrown into the sea with a stone around his neck the donkey changes back into a puppet. Pinocchio is then swallowed by a shark and discovers that his father has suffered the same fate. Father and son both escape and Pinocchio becomes a real boy.
The moral of this story is fairly clear: Our bad decisions and foolish choices have negative consequences. Though this story is targeted to children (boys in particular) the lessons presented in this book can apply to adults as well. The version of this story in this review is an adaption and is designed for younger readers. However, adults will enjoy this wonderful story about a classic literary character and the error of his ways. The book concludes with a brief biographical sketch of Carlo Collodi.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-09-19 For the second title, The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, illus. by Roberto Innocenti, PW wrote of its original publication in 1988, "Innocenti's luminous interpretation of Collodi's tale carves the action out of 19th-century Italian landscapes. This Pinocchio races through cobbled city scenes and then throws himself prostrate at the person or fairy whom he has most recently wronged by his hasty, thoughtless behavior. When he becomes a real boy, the transformation is resounding." (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2002-04-15 Iassen Ghiuselev brings the famous puppet-turned-boy to life in Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio, trans. by Carol della Chiesa. His b&w drawings possess the detail and craftsmanship of woodcuts, his paintings a psychological depth that reaches far past the story's events, such as one of Pinocchio hanging from a tree, as if lynched. Theatrical lighting creates a chiaroscuro effect. (Mar.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 1988-09-30 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. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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