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Collodi, Carlo, 1826-1890.
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Avventure di Pinocchio. English
Classic illustrated edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2001]

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173 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Presents the adventures of Pinocchio, a mischievous wooden puppet, who wants more than anything else to become a real boy.
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A timeless tale of adventure, heart, mischief, and family, Pinocchio is one of the most renowned childrens books of all time. Since its publication in 1881, there have been countless editions. Unlike those editions, most of which feature the work of a single artist, this Classic Illustrated Edition brings together Carlo Collodis original story and a wondrous collection of images by different illustrators from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This extraordinary gallery includes the work of Enrico Mazzanti, Carlo Chiostri, Attilio Mussino, Frederick Richarson and Charles Folkard, making Pinocchios fantastic encounters and tender moments a truly magical trip that will appeal to book lovers and collectors of all ages.

Author Notes

Cooper Edens, with Blue Lantern Studio, owns one of the largest collections of vintage picture books in the world. He wrote and illustrated books for the legendary Green Tiger Press

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Fanelli (First Flight) provides abstract illustrations for a deluxe edition of Collodi's cautionary tale. Distilled into pithy chapters by translator Rose, the book comes packaged in a paper-over-board edition with an attractive postmodern slipcase that plays up the hero's famous proboscis. Pinocchio, carved from a talking hunk of wood by his "father," Geppetto, starts life as a careless and gullible marionette. His first impulse is to run away from home, whereupon he falls in with scoundrels, sermonizers and a generous Blue Fairy. This version preserves all the slapstick violence and didacticism of the 19th-century original, in which Pinocchio makes mistakes and develops his moral sense, but the text also plays up a more modern mindset. This picaresque narrative makes a strange partner to Fanelli's up-to-date paper collages and loose pen-and-brush sketches. The artist does not emphasize the contrast between the puppet and his fleshly human and animal acquaintances. Everyone looks equally cartoonish (most often viewed in profile), which on the one hand alludes to Collodi's social satire (hypocritical humans have much in common with ignorant puppets) but on the other hand distances readers from the characters. With its variegated layout and wordless full-bleed spreads, the volume most resembles an artist's handmade book; Fanelli draws on lined or graph paper, and her inset, blue-black ink images seem doodled directly on the pages and margins. This modish treatment, a far cry from conventional versions of the classic, may be best suited to collectors; it makes a likely companion to Lane Smith's Pinocchio the Boy, or Incognito in Collodi. Ages 7-up. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6, younger for reading aloud. The "true" story of the puppet who wanted to be a real boy will surprise those familiar with the popular Disney version. This abridged Pinocchio includes plot details missing from the animated film, more violence, and the blue fairy as a central character. The didacticism of the original is retained, but Mattotti's colorful paintings have enough style and dramatic impact to carry the reader to the final foregone conclusion. A good additional title for large comparative literature collections, this should provide a bridge for those who want the "real" story but are unable to tackle the original novel-length tale. (Reviewed Oct. 1, 1993)068812450XJanice Del Negro

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-An idiomatic retelling of Collodi's didactic classic. While Mattotti's adaption hits all the high points of the original, readers are moved along too quickly through Pinocchio's sinister encounters with Stromboli (here called Fire-eater) and his puppet theater or the fox and the cat. Children don't have the opportunity to dwell on the satisfaction of seeing the recalcitrant puppet gradually change his ways. Also, the story is heavy: the fox and cat, after pretending to be lame and blind, end up in that condition; a cat has its paw bitten off; Pinocchio nearly dies rather than take his medicine; and four black rabbits bear his coffin into his bedroom. It's pretty fierce stuff for the bedtime-story set. The sinuous lines of the illustrations are overlaid with black crayonlike texture that reinforces the story's darkness. While some children may respond to the uniquely stylish artwork, they deserve the whole story, which is better served by Robert Innocenti's illustrations for E. Harden's translation of The Adventures of Pinocchio (Knopf, 1988).-Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



When the gentle woodcarver Geppetto (Christian Rub) builds a marionette to be his substitute son, a benevolent fairy brings the toy to life. The puppet, named Pinocchio, is not yet a human boy. He must earn the right to be real by proving that he is brave, truthful, and unselfish. But, even with the help of Jiminy, a cricket who the fairy assigns to be Pinocchio's conscience, the marionette goes astray. He joins a puppet show instead of going to school, he lies instead of telling the truth, and he travels to Pleasure Island instead of going straight home. Yet, when Pinocchio discovers that a whale has swallowed Geppetto, the puppet single-mindedly journeys into the ocean and selflessly risks his life to save his father, thereby displaying that he deserves to be a real boy. Come along and listen to the adventures of Pinocchio in this classic American story. Excerpted from Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

A Piece of Woodp. 12
A Gift to Geppettop. 14
Making a Puppetp. 16
The Talking Cricketp. 22
The Omelettep. 24
The Brazierp. 27
The Breakfast of Pearsp. 30
The Spelling Bookp. 33
The Puppet Showp. 37
The Puppeteerp. 39
Pinocchio Saves Harlequinp. 42
The Fox and the Catp. 45
The Red Crawfish Innp. 51
The Assassinsp. 54
The Great Oak Treep. 58
The Little Girl with Blue Hairp. 61
Pinocchio's Nose Grows Longp. 67
The Field of Miraclesp. 73
Four Months in Prisonp. 78
A Horrible Serpentp. 82
Pinocchio Becomes a Watchdogp. 85
Catching the Thievesp. 87
Pinocchio Mournsp. 90
The Island of Busy Beesp. 96
Pinocchio's Promisep. 102
At the Seashorep. 105
Pinocchio Is Arrestedp. 107
The Fishermanp. 112
The Fairy's Promisep. 116
Candlewick Persuades Pinocchiop. 124
Five Months in Funlandp. 128
Donkey Earsp. 135
The Circusp. 141
Swallowed by a Terrible Whalep. 147
In the Whale's Bellyp. 153
Pinocchio Becomes a Boyp. 160
Acknowledgmentsp. 172