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Adventures Of Pinocchio

Press:Adventures of Pinocchio

Press:Courage Books Running Press (December 16, 2003)
Publication Date:2003-12
Author Name:Collodi, Carlo/ Hildebrandt, Greg (ILT)


During the 1970s, the collaborative art of twin brothers Greg and Tim Hildebrandt captivated a generation with vivid depictions of characters from J.R.R. 
Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Today, both are acclaimed fantasy and comic book illustrators, and Greg Hildebrandt has turned his focus to children's books.
His gorgeous images bring to life the story of Pinocchio, the marionette who longs to be a real boy.
This new illustrated classic edition is closely adapted from the most widely accepted translation of the enchanting folk tale by the 19th-century Italian journalist Carlo Collodi, first published in 1883.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4-There is an audience for picture-book adaptations of Pinocchio-those looking for something between Carlo Collodi's bitter and darkly violent original tale and Disney's frothy and sugarcoated story. 
Unfortunately, this version won't satisfy any taste.
The retellers have shortened the text to make it more accessible to young children, and much of the sense of drama and adventure has been lost, as has Pinocchio's gradual moral transformation.
The streamlined story's abrupt transitions from scene to scene are jarring and may confuse readers, as when Pinocchio wakes to find his feet burned off.
Key scenes are completely omitted.
Children are shown neither his bouts of remorse nor his appreciation for those who have been kind to him, leaving only the image of a selfish, lazy, and superficial boy/puppet.
Collodi's obvious moral lessons are nowhere to be found here.
Philpot's cartoon-style watercolors have a competent, but commercial, feeling-as uninspired and bland as the text.
Those looking for an adaptation that honors the spirit of the original tale should consider Ed Young's Pinocchio (Philomel, 1996).Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WICopyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Booklist

2-4, younger for reading aloud.
This retelling of a classic story raises a question: does modernizing and truncating the story to popularize it, lose the essence and charm of the original? The answer, of course, is, "It depends on how it's done." The classic, illustrated by Attilio Mussino, is 310 pages.
For his picture-book-size, 96-page version, the editors have cut episodes, minimized details, and abbreviated the dialogue.
Eliminated are such elements as the Land of the Busy Bees and notes to the reader, and nicknames have been updated (the Lovely Maiden with Azure Hair is now the Blue Fairy).
The emphasis is on the magical aspects of the tale, and the heavy moral tone of the original has been replaced by a more child-friendly approach.
The new full-page, turn-of-the-century-style illustrations, in watercolor, ink, and paint wash, are lively, spirited, and appealing.
Certainly, the editorial changes bring a smooth flow to the story, and the attractive new look, with large print, will entice the young audience to whom Pinocchio's escapades most appeal.
Isn't that what retellings should do? Julie CumminsCopyright © American Library Association.
All rights reserved

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


This promises to reach a wide age range; from the advanced elementary audience it intends to reach in over 200 pages peppered with black and white drawings into middle school levels. 
Collodi's classic story of a naughty puppet come to life is a fine tale which deserves the attention of new audiences.
--Midwest Book Review

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Language Notes

Text: English, Italian (translation)

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Carlo Collodi was born in Florence, Italy in 1826. 
At the age of 22, he became a journalist to work for the Italian independence struggle and also wrote comedies and edited newspapers and reviews.
In 1861, when Italy became a united nation, Collodi gave up journalism and settled down as a theatrical censor and magazine editor.
He then turned to children's fantasy, and in 1881 the first chapter of Pinocchio appeared in the Giornale Dei Bambini, and became an immediate success.
Collodi died in Florence in 1890.
Greg Hildebrandt is a well-known children's book illustrator.
He lives in New Jersey.


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Comment List (Total:18)

  •     A booklist blog that I read recommended this original version of the story of Pinocchio, published in 1883. It's very much different (and better) than the Disney cartoon we all grew up with.The very first scene had me laughing out loud as Geppetto and a shop owner brawled.This original version is more graphic and violent than the children's version. For example (spoiler alert!), the talking cricket that Walt Disney lovingly named 'Jiminy' only lasted a page and a half before Pinocchio killed it with a hammer. And in another scene (big spoiler alert!) Pinocchio is hiding four gold pieces in his mouth while the cat and fox try to pry it open with a knife. The puppet bites the cats paw off and spits it on the ground.There are so many good lessons to be found in this story. Taken as a whole, we see a model of maturity. Pinocchio is a bad boy, but as he goes through life he takes note of the lessons around him. By the end of the book, he's accountable and responsible for caring for his father and the fairy. He does so by working extra hours and earning more money.

  •     Gave it to all my grandchildren for Christmas! A beautiful keepsake.❤

  •     This is a classic story which I read quickly and enjoyed.

  •     One of the classic fairy tales of all time that to this day is being enjoyed by people of all ages.

  •     I like it

  •     An interesting book I read the first chapter and it was really really good I'm gonna give it five stars it's quite strange but because of that it's great and totaly legeable great...

  •     This story requires us to use our own imagination and soundtrack, instead of relying on modern day animation. The basic moral of the story remains the same as it did in the early 1800s when the book was written. I like the book very much and I am anxious to read it to my granddaughter when she gets a little older.

  •     This was a total disappointment. There are no illustrations. It is just text, and not very well done at that. Not fit to be sold as a children's book.

  •     great read

  •     Mildly amusing.

  •     Darkly hilarious, very well written. I highly recommend reading this, and the price was very reasonable.

  •     This is my first reading of the real Pinocchio. I'm reading it aloud to my kids and I have to say I often find myself cracking up at the irony and whit of this book! Not only is it a clever story & well written but the underlying wisdom is absolutely timeless and relevant for our day. My kids are literally yelling out loud to Pinocchio or slapping their foreheads every time he makes another poor choice they are so frustrated with him. It's so great! Makes for wonderful discussion as well. Highly recommend!!

  •     Its a classic and nothing like the disney's animation.

  •     Amazing story and am enjoying reading it to my 5-year-old grandson. It's old school, so don't expect any white-washing of the darker side of the tale. It's a classic treasure. That said, you may or may not like the illustrations. Though they are not bad, they aren't the ones I remember from my youth, so naturally I'm biased. They just don't satisfy 100%. No matter, it's a lovely book, and bookmark ribbon is attached (nice touch). This is a book to keep.

  •     I love the concept of reading original texts, especially of classic stories. However, like a lot of classic fairy tales, this gets a bit dark and gritty. My kids (7 and 4) were troubled to the point of tears. Mom fail. I ended up editing a lot as I read aloud to them to resolve the drama and get through the storyline. Later I found an adaptation that I really liked better for them at their ages. Maybe when they are older, we will revisit the book and they'll appreciate more of the author's cleverness.

  •     Those categories above don't really work for all books. I read this book because my dear late Mother had made a quilt showing the story when I was much younger. While the quilt was on display a couple of visitors asked to see it. The Disney version did not jive with the quilt so I finally got curious enough to buy this translation and really, really enjoyed it although the level of cruelty in it would probably frighten today's young listener. Pinocchio was NOT nice even as a log. I would have pitched him in the fireplace myself but happily the little brat finally developed into a decent person.

  •     Never having read this story until now (middle-aged parent) I was reminded of the Disney film of the same title, and how it shocked and scared me when Pinocchio turned into a donkey. But now, I understand how and why the fable is the way it is. While the book could be read by younger children, the somewhat violent nature of the episodes might make it better for older elementary- but then, the morality will be all too transparent and such children could dismiss it for being "preachy"- but there, they would be wrong. I am glad to have read it, and learned the moral of the story, even at my age. For, after nursing both an ailing father and a sick mother-in-law until their passing, I fully grasp the reality this fable conveys. Our parents are both our joy, and, when old, our responsibility. And no kind deed ever goes unrewarded; either in this life, or the next.

  •     The Adventures of Pinocchio was a copy of the original, not an abridged copy, so I really liked it. It's great to read aloud to children and grandchildren.


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