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Pinocchio (Puffin Classics) Paperback – May 1, 1996

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Series: Puffin Classics
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reissue edition (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014036708X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140367089
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, Italian (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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There is a lot more action and Pinocchio has a lot more adventures in this original.
Laura L. Romage
When his friend Mr. Geppetto comes to visit, the wood causes a great fight between the two friends by talking and calling Geppetto his hated nickname of Polendina.
Godly Gadfly
This edition of Puffin Classics portrays the true story of Pinocchio originally written in Italian.
Gabriela Godoy

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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Godly Gadfly on July 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
Of course you already know the story of Pinocchio, right? Who doesn't? Millions have been charmed by the story of the naughty puppet that wanted to become a real boy. His adventures are hardly new, as Pinocchio is in turn carved by Geppetto, rebellious against his father, disobedient to the good fairy, victimized at the hands of the deceitful cat and fox, changed into a donkey, rescued with his father in the whale, and eventually becomes a Real Boy.
But have you read the Original Pinocchio? Most people do not know that there are two versions of Pinocchio. One is the simplified version that Disney has given us, the version most people are familiar with. The other is The Real Thing, The Original. Along-side The Real Thing, the simplified Disney version is like Pinocchio the puppet - charming, but wooden and simple. The Real Thing, however, is like Pinocchio the real boy - charming, and full of life. This edition by Carlo Collodi is that Real Thing.
Although story of Pinocchio is a tale known to nearly every speaking child, it was first written in Italian. Written by Carlo Lorenzini under the pseudonym Carlo Collodi, it dates back to 1883, when it was serialized in a newspaper and then published as a book with huge success. The 1892 English version was equally well received, but it was the 1940 Walt Disney cartoon that gave Pinocchio the legendary status it enjoys today. Only one problem: Disney took short cuts. Collodi's original story has a richness and charm unmatched by Disney. Collodi's Pinocchio is not about a loveable puppet, but about a bratty puppet who needs to learn an important moral lesson about responsibility. And it resonates with slapstick humour that even Disney cannot equal.
Take the first paragraph: "There was once upon a time ... A king!
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Gillian M. Kendall on August 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is not Disney's watered-down and water-logged *Pinocchio* -- this is the book that has the real stuff, and if children like the Disney movie, it's because they're getting a hint of the wonders of Collodi's book.
First: my five year old insisted I read this book to him twice in a row. Yes, I left out the part where Pinocchio actually bites off the paw of a cat and spits it out, but my boy revelled (from the safe distance of bed and sippy cup in hand) in the assassins who pursue Pinocchio, try to kill him, and leave him swinging from a tree. The incidents in this book are highly evocative: a little girl announces that all the people in a house are dead (she included); rabbit undertakers appear when Pinocchio won't take his medicine; Pinocchio is almost fried as a fish (and drowned, and hanged, etc.). There's a talking cricket, but he's annoying and, happily, does *not* burst into song.
Second: This book centers around dream-logic. The book makes mechanical gestures towards cause and effect, but it really works the way a child thinks and the way a child worries -- it reassures a child that not everything that happens is reasonable. Perhaps Collodi meant this book to be moralistic -- certainly there are lessons constantly to be learned. But that the least of this text: this is a story about a boy who can't quite be a boy because he's naughty and disobedient, and he finds it isn't easy *not* to be naughty. Grown-ups have all sorts of rules, and a lot of them don't make much sense. After all, we all come into this world not yet human, and we all struggle to figure out what is expected of us.
The illustrations are are pleasing and plentiful, and I know it will only be a matter of time before my five year old asks for the story again. I'll be glad to read it. The worth of the tale is far greater than the worth of the simple (but good) morals it contains.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By theboombody VINE VOICE on October 20, 2006
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One of the first things I noticed about this book was Pinocchio's awful behavior. He bites Gepetto's wig off and then gets Gepetto arrested. He even kills what appears to be the original Jimminy Cricket in Chapter 4. My goodness!

After Gepetto gets back to feed and clothe the hungry Pinocchio, Pinocchio promises to be a good boy and go to school. Gepetto doesn't have much money, so he sells his own coat for Pinocchio to have a school book. In an act of poor judgement, Pinocchio trades the book to see a puppet show, and that's where the adventure begins.

Pinoccho's fantastic journey is creative and fun, despite obvious continuity problems. Gepetto is the one that names Pinocchio, but every character in the book seems to magically know the puppet's name beforehand, without even having to ask. I don't understand. It's not like Pinocchio is famous or anything, unlike what the Disney film portrays.

It should also be noted that Pinocchio can't read a poster, but is somehow able to read a gravestone, with no schooling whatsoever taking place between the two events.

Do these continuity flaws distract from the literary merit of the tale? Absolutely not. We see little Pinocchio, with his clothes of paper and hat of bread, delving into (and soonafter repenting from) the same common misdeeds, not unlike the people Israel of the Old Testament. He is thrown in jail, forced to be a watchdog, turned into a donkey, and even hanged. A blue-haired fairy saves him over and over again, and eventually he becomes a real boy.

One of my favorite things about the book is its discouragement of laziness. Pinocchio asks a guy pulling a cart for money, and the guy says, "I'll gladly give you money, if you help me pull this cart.
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