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The Adventures of Pinocchio Paperback – February 16, 2013

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482557142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482557145
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love the concept of reading original texts, especially of classic stories. However, like a lot of classic fairy tales, this gets a bit dark and gritty. My kids (7 and 4) were troubled to the point of tears. Mom fail. I ended up editing a lot as I read aloud to them to resolve the drama and get through the storyline. Later I found an adaptation that I really liked better for them at their ages. Maybe when they are older, we will revisit the book and they'll appreciate more of the author's cleverness.
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By Jay on October 21, 2012
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I first read this as a boy discovering the books my father saved from his youth. Within a very short time, I understood why....Quite a marvel....at any age.
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Up until a few months ago, my only exposure to this tale was the cartoon. This is not that story, thankfully.

It's dark, funny, adventuresome and just plain good fun. If you are looking for some sappy story with a soundtrack your kid can sing along with, go elsewhere - this isn't the version for them. If you are a fan of dark old fantastic morality tales, check it out!
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Having the chapters broke down like that made it great for bedtime stories. I would recommend it for any parents reading bedtime stories to their kids. Keep in mind that this is not the sanitized Disney version but it's chocked full of valuable life lessons.
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When you compare the book and the Disney version of this story, the difference is night and day. Pinocchio is kind of a jerk if you ask me. Throughout the majority of the book, he behaves like a selfish punk, a hoodlum. He kills Jiminey, which they refer to as the talking cricket within minutes of meeting him. Just smashes him dead!
Once he finally does start to behave correctly and develops a conscience, he cannot catch a break. He gets robbed and then thrown in jail, as though being the victim of a mugging were a crime!
Anywho, Pinocchio is a jerk who can't catch a break even when he does learn his lesson. Read the book and then re-watch the Disney movie.
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I had always known the nice little Pinocchio from the Disney movie, but as it turns out that's not the case at all. This book can be a little odd at times in my opinion but it was over all a good book
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Prior to reading this book my only experience with Pinocchio was the 1940 Disney version. Disney is notorious for radically altering stories while bleeding the heart out of them but Pinocchio was one of the studios best interpretations, if somewhat watered down. The Pinocchio of Carlo Collodi was much naughtier at the beginning of the book and much sweeter by the end. Walt Disney decided to shave off the rougher edges of Pinocchio to make him more appealing to audiences but it made his personal growth far less of an achievement. In fact to me it always seemed like the biggest personal defect of Disney's Pinocchio's was his naivety and there is only one scene in the movie where his nose grows due to lying. In the book this is a repeated occurrence. Collodi's Pinocchio is also naïve but his weakness is more an inability to resist his desires including his desire to not do any work. This is in no way meant to denigrate the movie which I consider one of the Disney's great achievements; it's just that the book is very different.

The characters are often dramatically altered most notably Jiminy Cricket who is never given a proper name in the book and is killed by Pinocchio in their first encounter. The killing wasn't as malicious as you might imagine but it was an indicator of the wickedness of Pinocchio at the start of the book contrasting with the loving son at the end. Obviously the Cricket does not act as Pinocchio's conscience in the book being dead and all. Pinocchio begins as a living piece of wood even before he is carved into a puppet so the Blue Fairy is only there to guide him and offer him life as a real boy. Geppetto is a penniless beggar with carving skills rather than a successful woodcarver with a house full of handmade clocks.
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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.
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