- Age Range: 7 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 5
- Lexile Measure: 840 (What's this?)
- Series: Candlewick Illustrated Classics
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (July 13, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763647314
- ISBN-13: 978-0763647315
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pinocchio: Candlewick Illustrated Classic (Candlewick Illustrated Classics) Paperback – July 13, 2010
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About the Author
Carlo Collodi was the pen name of Italian journalist and author Carlo Lorenzini (1826-1890). PINOCCHIO was Collodi’s first fiction for children (though he had translated fairy tales before), and it first appeared as a serialization in an Italian newspaper. The Pinocchio adventures were finally collected together in book form in 1883, just seven years before Collodi’s death. The book was an instant success.
Sara Fanelli is one of the world’s most distinctive picture book creators. Born and raised in Florence, Italy, she now lives in London but often travels between the two cities. Sara Fanelli is the author-illustrator of MYTHOLOGICAL MONSTERS OF ANCIENT GREECE and the picture book DEAR DIARY, which received an Honorable Mention from the 2001 Bologna Ragazzi Award Jury.
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Top Customer Reviews
Starting with the art, the book is beautiful. I love this collage, mixed media art style and each page was a visual delight to me and my son, who has seen me dabbling in the art myself. An extremely gorgeous book. A square, softcover with french flaps make for easy handling and browsing. Ds would often pick the book up between reads and just look at the pictures.
There's no need to give a summary, I think everyone is acquainted with the story of the wooden puppet who wants to become a real boy. But if you've only been exposed to the Disney version, then just let me tell you that you do not really know the true story of Pinocchio, which is rather moralistic in teaching boys to be good boys and quite violent along way. One part that always makes me smile (because I hate Disney's Jiminy Cricket character) is that in the book when Pinocchio meets the cricket (no name, btw) who moralizes with him to annoyance is that Pinocchio's final response is to pick up a mallet and throw it at him, squashing the irritating bug against the wall. LOL. The cricket's ghost does return to annoy Pinocchio some more. DS thoroughly enjoyed the story as he wasn't familiar with it. He saw the Disney movie as a little kid but it had too much slow singing in it so he didn't like it, or pay much attention to it. He loved when anyone got what they deserved, even Pinocchio, and he found it fun when he could see it coming. The whole story is a lot of fun. With the modern translation and the new illustrations, this edition is entirely whimsical and doesn't come off as moralistic as earlier translations I've read do. Oh, it hasn't been left out, but Pinocchio is such a rude, naughty boy that he needs to be taught a lesson and eventually even he knows when he is doing the wrong thing. I highly recommend this translation, especially for reading aloud.
I won't recount all the twists and turns of the book, as I think most adults are familiar with the story of Pinocchio and don't require a detailed run through. The basic story is of a (slightly magical) wooden puppet who gets into heaps of trouble. He learns a number of lessons, thereby earning his way to becoming a real boy. Lying, cheating, trickery, theft - you name it, Pinocchio gives it a try. The upshot is there are lots of good lessons in there ripe for the teaching!
We chose to read this as a bedtime story that spanned several nights. The book weighs in with 191 pages, but the art takes up a fair amount of room and goes a long way towards holding the attention of smaller kids. By page ten, I knew I had never been exposed to the real Pinocchio before. I am one of those people whose only recollection is the Jiminy Cricket version. I am quite positive that the twinkle-eyed Gepetto of my memory does not punch, scratch and bite. This story has some character and color!
I wish Sara Fanelli would take this success as a jumping off point and go ahead and illustrate a whole batch of classic children's books. Her art is just mesmerizing - beautiful, vibrant colors and funky illustrations bring a whole fresh feel to this book. Without Sara, I would never have moved past Walt's version to read Carlo Collodi's original tale!