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The Adventures of Pinocchio

The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
By: (1826-1890)

An old carpenter carves a little wooden puppet from a mysterious piece of wood that seems to have the ability to talk! He begins to love the little creature like his own son and names him Pinocchio. But the mischievous fellow runs away from his loving father as soon as he learns to walk. The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi follows the misadventures and naughty exploits of this delightfully “human” puppet who in his heart of hearts longs only to become a real boy.

Carlo Collodi was the pen name of a gifted writer of children's books, Carlo Lorenzini who lived in Florence, Italy, during the late 19th century. He was also a political activist and author of several novels, short novels, articles and sketches for adults. He began writing for children in 1876 and translated children's literature from other languages into Italian.

The Adventures of Pinnochio is meant to be an allegory and a cautionary tale for children. Through the adventures of this playful and headstrong puppet, Collodi provides many valuable lessons for young children. Wonderful characters like the Talking Cricket, the Fox and the Cat, the Fairy with the Turquoise Hair and old Gepetto himself are colorful, memorable and each one contributes to Pinnochio's final transformation. With plenty of magical moments, fantasy and thrills, the plot provides enough excitement for children of all ages.

Since it first appeared in 1883, the book has enjoyed immense fame and popularity. There have been innumerable translations into more than 250 major world languages, making it the most translated book in the world. There have been plenty of adaptations for stage, radio, television and film, including cartoons and merchandise. Pinnochio's long nose has even become a metaphor for people who tell lies.

As a pioneer in the field, Collodi's works became instantly popular, as children's literature as a genre was not very prevalent before the 19th century. His easy and engaging style caught the imagination of children instantly and became a benchmark for children's writers ever since. There are some very endearing and thought-provoking moments and incidents in the story, which make it very memorable for both children and adults. Enduring values of love and loyalty, the essential contradictions that make us human and the transformation of a rebellious, thoughtless, uncaring and self-indulgent youngster into a mature young person are what makes this story so beloved and treasured the world over.


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 1, 2014
Amazing narrator! Thank you, Mark Smith, Simpsonville, state Carolina!
Reviewer: - April 30, 2014
Very very nice book, and very very good reader. I had a good time!
Reviewer: - March 15, 2014
Subject: Pinocchio
An excellent book read by an exceptionally skilled reader!
Reviewer: - August 22, 2013
I love the book don't get me wrong, but putting the Disney themed cover art on it is a bit misleading. The book is drastically different than the sugar coated version that Disney released for kids.
Reviewer: - May 29, 2013
Subject: Thank you.
Thank you very much my friend, rally I enjoyed this book.
May 8, 2013
Very, very good book
Reviewer: - February 3, 2013
I liked the book very much.
Reviewer: - January 12, 2013
Really good book
Reviewer: - November 17, 2012
Pinocchio is a great, funny book for children and adults. The movie was my first at a theater and I remember it dearly but the book outdoes it a long way.
November 17, 2012
Excellent book! Even better than the Disney version.


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