PINOCCHIO by C. Collodi


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 What most readers know of Pinocchio is a wooden puppet whose nose grows from telling lies. This episode--longer than a picture book but shorter than the original tale--is one small chapter in the exploits and adventures of Pinocchio, the boy wannabe. An illustrated adaptation, it follows the original M.A. Murray translation closely, yet succeeds without the long-windedness of the 1892 classic, and with all the rich language, spirited characters, and lively escapades intact. Inspired by the commedia dell'arte, the Italian traveling street theater of Collodi's time, Young (Night Visitors, 1995, etc.) has created scenes that authentically capture the playlike quality of the story. Reminiscent of his colorful cut-paper collage in Seven Blind Mice (1993), the array of characters and images cleverly reflect a stage production, complete with double-page spreads that act as scenery backdrops. It's an energetic rendition that invites the audience to meet again the mischievous puppet with all his foibles, setting the stage for an Oz-like ending that reaffirms the power of good. (Fiction. 6+)

Pub Date: Sept. 10th, 1996
ISBN: 0-399-22941-8
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Philomel
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1996


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