From School Library Journal
Grade 4 Up-As she did in Mythical Monsters of Ancient Greece (Candlewick, 2002), Fanelli again creates a fresh and imaginative visual interpretation of a classic. The original story of the wayward boy/puppet is presented in full, made more accessible to contemporary readers by this translation's taut narration and witty dialogue. The mixed-media collages are made up of original drawings and cuttings from photos, wallpaper, and other artwork. As in the illustrator's earlier works, print is often featured in the pictures. Other recurring images include photographs of human eyes placed on drawings of human and nonhuman faces and prominent noses. This unconventional style is an apt partner for this complex tale-a story that is both playful and macabre. However, this version is not for very young children or first-time readers, as the pictures are not obvious representations of the text. This sophisticated, edgy adaptation will be most appreciated by connoisseurs of children's literature and illustration. Definitely a special purchase, this book is far superior to Helen Rossendale and Graham Philpot's uninspired The Adventures of Pinocchio (Dial, 2003).Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Gr. 5-7. Long a favorite of illustrators, this classic story has been popularized, stylized, and Disneyfied many times, but the idiosyncratic collage-and-ink illustrations definitely set this version apart. Fanelli's arch, quirky style, as seen in First Flight
suggests a cross between Lane Smith's and Vladimir Radunsky's work. Black-and-white drawings dot some pages, while some double-page spreads sprout full-color images, often set against graph-paper backgrounds. Pinocchio has an oversize, angular head with a pointed cap, set atop a sticklike body, his face always depicted in a half-moon profile. The language has been altered to lessen the arcane tone, but the content seems complete. The elimination of a table of contents makes it difficult to identify chapters, but the clean-cut typeface is an enhancement. Fanelli's artwork doesn't have the flow and warmth of Graham Philpot's in the recent condensed version The Adventures of Pinocchio
[BKL O 1 03]. In fact, though the work is inventive, it lacks broad child appeal, raising the question of audience for this slipcased, avant-garde interpretation; adult collectors of children's books may be the most appreciative readership. Certainly unusual, but not a must have. Julie CumminsCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved