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K-Gr 5-The adventures and misadventures of the wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a "proper" boy are vivified in a large-size volume that pairs Brock's lively and readable translation with Testa's colorful artwork. Lazy, impetuous, and lacking even a smidgeon of common sense, Pinocchio makes one ill-advised decision after another, resulting in a series of comical consequences and fantastical mishaps that lands him in a jail cell, almost in the sizzling skillet of a giant green fisherman, transformed into a donkey, and even deep inside the belly of a sea monster. However, his heart is pure, and with the help of a patient fairy and his long-lost "daddy," Geppetto, the puppet finally learns important life lessons along with the true meaning of love. The numerous full-page paintings reflect the tale's wonder and whimsy while playing up the high jinks and humor with amusing visual details. Filled with cherry, mahogany, and oaken hues, the illustrations have the warmth and texture of inlaid wood, which, along with the sunny backdrops and seaside settings, keep the tone light. The characters-whether friend or villain-are depicted with a touch of endearing exaggeration and a twinkle in the eye. An appealing version of a classic, perfectly primed for 21st-century readers.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journalα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"'Though written in the nineteenth century, the original Pinocchio remains as readable as if it had been written in the twenty-first, so limpid and simple is its prose,' writes Umberto Eco in the introduction. Readers not ready to tackle the story in Italian, however, will be more than satisfied with Brock’s lovely translation, which is accompanied by new artwork from Testa. His gentle, brightly colored cartoons soften some of the darker scenes in the story...without minimizing Pinocchio’s mischievous nature." —Publishers Weekly

"This childhood classics has had numerous interpretations…Translator Brock gives readers Collodi's Pinocchio: a lazy troublemaker, self-centered and distractible, who remains a wooden puppet right up until the end of his adventures.…Testa's pen, ink and watercolor illustrations appear opposite the text, filling the oversized pages...Parents and libraries should welcome this edition, appealing and accessible for 21st-century children." —Kirkus Reviews

"Disney’s sentimental depiction of Pinocchio bears little resemblance to Collodi’s unscrupulous puppet. This new translation revives the sardonic wit and black humour of the original." — London Times

"Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio…is short on Disneyesque sentimentality (there is a talking cricket, but Pinocchio squashes him), long on satire and farce. Geoffrey Brock’s superbly crafted translation and Umberto Eco’s introduction bring to life this tale of gumption and greed." — O, The Oprah Magazine

"The superiority of the Collodi original to the Disney adaptation lies in its reluctance to make the inner motivations of the story explicit….No less than Proust’s novel in search of lost time, [Collodi’s] story is a search for his lost childhood." — Paul Auster

"Any [reading] list, I think, must begin with Pinocchio." — Italo Calvino
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Series: New York Review Children's Collection
  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: NYR Children's Collection; Ill edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590175883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590175880
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,366,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Susanna Borsarelli on October 12, 2012
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I haven't yet read it so I can't speak to Geoffrey Brock's translation (tho I can't imagine it could top that of Nicolas Perella, in the dual language version). But the illustrations are cartoonish and wooden (and not just the figure of Pinocchio himself!), and the introduction by Umberto Eco (the reason I added this book to my collection of Pinocchios) is stock, vapid, and very brief--just appended to sell the book. I'd been expecting something more along the order of Perella's essay on Pinocchio. If you want beautiful pictures, look for a copy illustrated by Roberto Innocenti (translated by M.A. Murray, the first English translation, perfectly adequate)--the illustrations are extraordinary.
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I bought this for my 8-year grandson even though I knew it was not "age-appropriate" for him. I wanted him to have it when he is old enough for it. I was not impressed with its illustrations, so I do not want to recommend it or "not" recommend it, which is why I gave it a rating of three.
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By Alfonso P. Dizenzo on September 10, 2014
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