Translated by Emma Rose; Illustrated by Sara Fanelli
Obviously, Pinocchio is one of the classics that most children eventually learn. If you are a parent, have you realized that you are one of the people responsible for teaching it to others? I tend to take this sort of thing for granted - it seems like everyone just knows the tales of classic such as Pinocchio and Alice in Wonderland. Once it dawned on me that I am the teacher, I also decided it would be best to catch them before the Walt Disney version is too firmly entrenched in their brains.
We chose to read this as a bedtime story that spanned several nights. The book weighs in with 191 pages, but the art takes up a fair amount of room and goes a long way towards holding the attention of smaller kids. By page ten, I knew I had never been exposed to the real Pinocchio before. I am one of those people whose only recollection is the Jiminy Cricket version. I am quite positive that the twinkle-eyed Gepetto of my memory does not punch, scratch and bite. This story has some character and color!
Review copy provided by Candlewick Press.