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Pinocchio, the boy or, Incognito in Collodi
Smith, Lane.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 2002.
Physical Description:
41 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Pinocchio has been turned into a boy but no one, not even he, realizes it as he walks through Collodi-town trying to get some hot chicken soup for Geppetto.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 63502.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Everyone in town knows Pinocchio, the puppet, but what about Pinocchio, the boy? From Lane Smith comes the story of what happens to Pinocchio on the very first day after his wish to be a real boy comes true. But there's one problem: Pinocchio was asleep at the time and he doesn't realize that he's now a boy! No one else in town recognizes him, either-not his talking cricket, not the audience in the puppet theater, and not even his father, Geppetto. Set in a town that's a winter wonderland, this stunningly illustrated sequel to a classic tale will appeal to children and adults alike.

Author Notes

Lane Smith was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 25, 1959. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from Art Center, College of Design in Pasadena, California. He moved to New York City and was hired to do illustrations for various publications including Time, Mother Jones, and Ms..

He is a children's book author and an illustrator. His titles with Jon Scieszka have included the Caldecott Honor winner The Stinky Cheese Man, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, Math Curse, and Science Verse. He wrote and illustrated Madam President, John, Paul, George and Ben, The Happy Hocky Family, The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country, It's a Book, and Grandpa Green.

His other high profile titles include Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders, Big Plans by Bob Shea, and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. He also served as conceptual designer on the Disney film version of James and the Giant Peach, Monsters, Inc. and the film adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! In 2017, he was awarded the Kate Greenway Medal for children¬Ņs book illustration for There is a Tribe of Kids.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K^-Gr. 3. Everybody knows the story of Pinocchio. But what came next? What was it like for a kid who has only known a life of wood to be suddenly alive? With his usual irreverence, Smith creates a whole new world for Pinocchio, who in this version of the tale is never fully informed by the Blue Fairy about his transformation, and Geppetto, sick in bed after the fish escapade, is too woozy to notice. So an unwitting Pinocchio, in need of money for chicken soup, wanders through the town thinking he can talk to crickets and trying unsuccessfully to obtain work as a store window dummy. He is booed off the stage at the puppet theater. A girl who has noticed Pinocchio's odd behavior befriends him (in a sarcastic, hostile sort of way), and who should she be but the daughter of the Blue Fairy! Well, there are a few more twists, but let's just say it all ends happily. Smith's concept is clever and his telling buoyant. The plot has a few thin spots, but the art is abundant in every way. Lane combines a retro sensibility with twenty-first-century capabilities (see the "Story behind the Story" on the opposite page), and the result is art that surprises and delights at every turn of the page. Starting with a storyboard of the original tale that quickly gets readers up to speed, Smith (and designer Molly Leach) offer a quixotic blend of patterns and colors tilted toward swatches of 1950s packaging, Formica, and wallpaper and paneling. The art is especially refreshing when it uses arrows to direct readers' eyes against the normal flow. A clever, kooky offering that still allows children to feel the heart of a puppet-turned-boy. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Consummate jester Smith (Baloney [Henry P.]) revisits the classic tale of a misbehaving puppet, and needless to say, this ain't 19th-century Italy. Smith summarizes all of the Pinocchio story in two pages of 50s-retro cartoons, then zooms in for a gauzy close-up of the Blue Fairy changing the marionette into a flesh-and-blood boy. There's one minor glitch: "That nutty fairy had changed him while he was asleep," and Pinocchio doesn't look in the mirror when he wakes up. He's too preoccupied with poor Geppetto, who's "sick and wet from that fish's belly," and he needs to buy some chicken soup in Collodi City (a dense comic-book metropolis and a subtle reference to the original author, Carlo Collodi). Smith's playful subtitle begins to make sense. As a real boy, Pinocchio is persona non grata to his friend Cricket and gets booed offstage at "the puppet theater where just last week he was a Big Sensation." Luckily, he finds one friend, a bratty urchin with a surprise connection with his magical benefactor. In addition to providing a sumptuous visual presentation of the events, Smith's artwork places the adventures in an edgy modern space of steep angles and flat geometric planes, chockablock with shop signs, laser-sharp beams of light and cascading snowflakes and polka-dots. Pinocchio heads for home after hearing Geppetto's all-points-bulletin on TV, and eventually his father recognizes him without the wood-grain finish. Smith sidesteps the novel's moralizing and the movie's heartstring-pulling in this airbrush-sleek, sharply designed comic sequel. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-Pinocchio the Boy picks up where Pinocchio the classic left off, and therein lies the delightfully ingenious plot of Lane's picture book-what would happen if the puppet was turned into a boy, but no one, not even Pinocchio himself, realized it. Pinocchio is off to the town of Collodi in search of some chicken soup for an ailing Geppetto, who is in bed cold and feverish from being in that fish's belly in the original story. With no money for soup, the boy tries to get a job-to no avail. He wishes that Cricket were there to help him. Of course, when he does run into his friend, Pinocchio is unrecognizable, due to his new fleshy appearance. Smith's zaniness enters full force at this stage of the story, inserting into the text a girl who follows Pinocchio along declaring, "This kid needs help!" and is with him when Geppetto is seen weeping on a big TV screen in the middle of Collodi's Main Street area, worried about Pinocchio's whereabouts. Smith neatly ties together the loose strings of the story and contributes his usual blend of wild and wacky mixed-media collage illustrations, done in wintry shades of blues and lavenders with a lacy white snow falling ever gently in the background. This creative "sequel" to Pinocchio is a perfect melding of story and illustration.-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.