Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

58%

8 Critic Reviews

We're still more comfortable with Disney than Collodi. Even now, the audience would shriek with outrage if they saw Pinocchio flatten Jiminy Cricket with a wooden mallet.
-NPR

Synopsis

The story of Pinocchio, the puppet who wants to be a real boy, the loving Gepetto, the energetic Talking Cricket, and all the other delightful characters come to life in a beautifully illustrated rendition complete with colorful paper collage artwork.
 

About Carlo Collodi

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Carlo Collodi (Carlo Lorenzini, 1826–90) was a journalist from Florence who took part in Italy’s struggle for independence and died too soon to witness the international success of his children’s book.
 
Published December 30, 1974 by Puffin. 231 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Pinocchio
All: 8 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Good
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jul 07 2011

Pinochio's deviltry is as new and irresistible as over, his charm as captivating. The fairy tale that skirts perfection.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by JOY LO DICO on May 02 2009

Geoffrey Brocks's new translation of Pinocchio is a delight and should rescue the puppet from its saccharine Disney rendition . . . crystal prose, tickling details and grotesque touches, this is much more than the story of a nose which grows.

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NPR

Above average
Reviewed by John Powers on Mar 04 2009

We're still more comfortable with Disney than Collodi. Even now, the audience would shriek with outrage if they saw Pinocchio flatten Jiminy Cricket with a wooden mallet.

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The Bookbag

Above average
Reviewed by John Lloyd on Oct 01 2012

It does strike one at times that Pinocchio's mindset flips too much from being eager to do right . . . to ignoring everything in aid of a quick gratification, but that's possibly down to this being published originally . . . over two years.

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Slate

Below average
Reviewed by Nathaniel Rich on Oct 24 2011

Carlo Collodi never had children. Any reader of this book will understand why . . . Collodi’s moral is that you if you behave badly and do not obey adults, you will be bound, tortured, and killed.

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London Review of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Bee Wilson on Jan 01 2009

Coming to Collodi more than a hundred years later, and reading it as a revision of Disney rather than the model for it, we’re inclined to see it as a work of subversion.

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Oprah.com

Below average
Reviewed by Oprah on Jan 01 2009

Short on Disneyesque sentimentality (there is a talking cricket, but Pinocchio squashes him), long on satire and farce.

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The New York Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by New York Review Books on Oct 01 2012

Pinocchio the novel, no less than Pinocchio the character, is one of the great inventions of modern literature.

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