by Carlo Collodi

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The beloved story of a puppet who longs to be a boy—and whose nose grows with every lie he tells

When the poor woodcarver Geppetto builds a lifelike puppet, he doesn’t expect it to become a willful creature who talks back, dances, and generally misbehaves. Determined to have great adventures, Pinocchio runs away. Out in the big world, he makes many animal friends—and enemies—including a cat, a fox, a fire-eater, a giant dog-fish, and sea monsters. He is thrown in jail, stranded on an island of bees, in danger of being fried like a fish, and turned into a donkey. And every time he tells a lie, his nose grows longer. But he wants more than anything to be a real boy.
The classic tale of the rebellious marionette who discovers what it means to be human continues to delight young readers across the world.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466805293
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 11/18/2002
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 435 KB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Carlo Collodi is the pen name of Carlo Lorenzini. Born in 1826, he worked as a journalist before publishing The Adventures of Pinocchio in 1883. Translated into more than ninety languages, Pinocchio has never been out of print.

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Chapter IHow it came to pass that MASTER CHERRY the carpenter found a piece of wood that laughed and cried like a child 
There was once upon a time ..."A king!" my little readers will instantly exclaim. No, children you are wrong. There was once upon a time a piece of wood.This wood was not valuable: it was only a common log like those that are burnt in winter in the stoves and fireplaces to make a cheerful blaze and warm the rooms.I cannot say how it came about, but the fact is that one fine day this piece of wood was lying in the shop of an old carpenter of the name of Master Antonio. He was, however, called by everybody Master Cherry, on account of the end of his nose, which was always as red and polished as a ripe cherry.No sooner had Master Cherry set eyes on the piece of wood than his face beamed with delight; and, rubbing his hands together with satisfaction, he said softly to himself:"This wood has come to the right moment; it will just do to make the leg of a little table."Having said this he immediately took a sharp ax withwhich to remove the bark and the rough surface. Just, however, as he was going to give the first stroke, he remained with his arm suspended in the air, for he heard a very small voice saying imploringly, "Do not strike me so hard!"Picture to yourselves the astonishment of good old Master Cherry!He turned his terrified eyes all round the room to try and discover where the little voice could possibly have come from, but he saw nobody! He looked under the bench--nobody; he looked into a cupboard that was always shut--nobody; he looked into a basket of shavings and sawdust--nobody; he even opened the door of the shop and gave a glance into the street--and still nobody. Who, then, could it be?"I see how it is," he said, laughing and scratching his wig. "Evidently that little voice was all my imagination: Let us set to work again."And taking up the ax he struck a tremendous blow on the piece of wood."Oh! Oh! You have hurt me!" cried the same little voice dolefully.This time Master Cherry was petrified. His eyes started out of his head with fright, his mouth remained open, and his tongue hung out almost to the end of his chin, like a mask on a fountain. As soon as he had recovered the use of his speech, he began to say, stuttering and trembling with fear:"But where on earth can that little voice have come from that said Oh! Oh!? Here there is certainly no living soul. Is it possible that this piece of wood can have learnt to cry and to lament like a child? I cannot believe it. This piece of wood, here it is; a log for fuel like all the others, and thrown on the fire it would about suffice to boil a saucepan of beans ... . How then? Can anyone be hidden inside it? If anyone is hidden inside, so much the worse for him. I will settle him at once."So saying, he seized the poor piece of wood and commencedbeating it without mercy against the walls of the room.Then he stopped to listen if he could hear any little voice lamenting. He waited two minutes--nothing; five minutes--nothing; ten minutes--stilt nothing!"I see how it is," he then said, forcing himself to laugh and pushing up his wig. "Evidently the little voice that said Oh! Oh! was all my imagination! Let us set to work again."Nevertheless, he was very frightened, so he tried to sing to give himself a little courage.Putting the ax aside he took his plane, to plane and polish the bit of wood; but while he was running it up and down he heard the same little voice say laughing:"Have done! You are tickling me all over!"This time poor Master Cherry fell down as if he had been struck by lightning. When he at last opened his eyes he found himself seated on the floor.His face was quite changed, even the end of his nose, instead of being crimson, as it was nearly always, had become blue from fright.All new material in this edition copyright © 1996 by Tom Doherty Associates, Inc.

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Anonymous 8 days ago
A classic tale that is ageless.
Prop2gether on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
New version of a classic tale: I enjoyed the rereading of this story as much as my first reading as a child. Pinocchio is such a typical "bratty" little boy until he has his adventures, that it is a delight when he gets his wish to be a real boy.
janeajones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The NYRB's translation of Collodi's Pinocchio by Geoffrey Brock is wonderfully readable. Had it a few more illustrations, it would be a great gift for an elementary -- middle-school child or even better, a book to read to one. As most Americans, I knew Pinocchio from Disney's film, and the book is not nearly as distant from Disney as I thought it might be. Certainly, the adventures have been somewhat modified, and Disney's Pinocchio is more childlike than Collodi's scampish puppet, but both reveal the dark dangers of the world and the belief that a good heart will ultimately reveal humanity. Both Eco and West make much of the difference between Collodi's fairy with sky blue hair and Disney's blue fairy -- claiming that the former is far mysterious and representative of multiple aspects of the feminine -- I didn't find the gap between the two so wide. The book was originally published in serial episodes, and each adventure could easily be read as a bedtime story. For an adolescent or adult reader who has never read the original, this is a first-rate translation. It's a first-rate translation for children too, but it would be so much better with either the original illustrations or ones done particularly for this translation.Brock's translation is contemporary and humorous, as is Eco's preface. On the other hand, the afterword commentary by Rebecca West is somewhat clunky if informative. She basically summarizes the prevailing critical views of the book and discourses rather lengthily on the changes Disney made to the tale.
Osbaldistone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
[LT early reviewer - This review is of the NYRB advanced uncorrected proof of the 2008 Geoffrey Brock translation]It¿s fun (and rare) to have the opportunity to read the original form of a story that has made the transition to folk tale. Most of western culture has grown up with this story in some form, but most of us, I suspect, have never read (or even is aware of) the original novel by Carlo Collodi. This alone is enough reason to read this short book.I¿m a bit hesitant to `review¿ Collodi¿s work, as it has been reviewed, revered, critiqued, and studied for 100 years. It¿s also difficult to critique a translation if one is not familiar with the original language version, or with other translations. Even so, I offer my comments as one new to the work.First, the translation: Being an advanced proof, I don¿t have access to any introductory comments by the translator, and don¿t know if any will appear in the final published edition. Brock seems to have tried to present a modern English translation that uses everyday American English for Pinocchio and his acquaintances in their speech. And, when he succeeds in this, he presents a very readable and enjoyable Pinocchio. He also seems to have decided to leave the narrator¿s voice in the Victorian era ¿ a bit formal and stilted sounding to the modern American ear, with a mix of familiar and not so familiar expressions and vocabulary. This has the effect of giving the reader a feel for the work as it was originally written ¿ Collodi¿s voice, perhaps? I found the combination of these two approaches to work surprisingly well. Pinocchio and his acquaintances seem accessible (familiar, even) to the reader, while the `folk tale¿ feel of the story is preserved. My only complaint about the translation is that Brock doesn¿t seem to consistently maintain the modern American English `voice¿ in the spoken parts. For example, most of the time, these characters use common contractions (I¿m, I¿ll, let¿s, etc.) but occasionally, Brock has them speaking in a more stilted, contraction-free `voice¿. The change can be jarring. Pinocchio¿s schoolmate Eugenio says ¿Oh Mother ¿ I am dying¿. On the same page, Pinocchio says ¿I¿m too stubborn¿ and ¿I¿ve never had fifteen minutes of peace¿. The difference seems off. This may seem like a minor criticism, but when the narrator sounds like an ancient storyteller, the inconsistent voice of characters seems to be lost between the two styles.Now, about Collodi¿s story itself. I know this is a classic, beloved by millions for a century, but I found the story a bit hard to stay with. Yes, I love the overall plot and many of the incidents in the story, but Collodi seems to use unnecessarily wild and incredible constructions to explain why (or why not) certain events happened as they do. They often sound made up on the spot. This may be somewhat the result of the original serialized form ¿ perhaps Collodi ended one episode, and then, upon writing the following episode(s), had to construct a way to explain or avoid inconsistencies. In any case, it leads to some odd bits interjected into an otherwise fun tale.Overall, worth the read for anyone interested in a peak at the origins of what has become part of our culture, and a good (but not great) translation. And I¿d guess that the under 8 set would enjoy it regardless, though illustrations would be nice.Os.
twright3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is among the more existential works in children's literature, and should make us all reconsider what children's literature can be. I was turned on to reading the Collodi version by Auster's analysis of it in The Invention of Solitude.
aangela1010 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a bratty whiner. I might be glad to have read it. But right now I'm just disappointed that Pinocchio was such a whiner.
kakkerman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little inaccessible for children. I think it has become a children's story over the years, rather than a moral tale for adults.
the_hag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to say, my only previous experience with the story of Pinocchio is through the Disney classic cartoon¿and boy is this a LOT different than the Disney version! I¿m not saying that¿s a bad thing¿far from it in fact, I was just surprised at how selfish and, well¿disobedient this little wooden boy was. In this book, Pinnochio isn¿t a naive boy who gets led astray; he¿s a selfish, lying, bad-tempered puppet who (for the most part) can¿t see past his own immediate wants and needs. He constantly makes bad decisions based on spur of the moment desires without thinking about any long term implications. Naturally, he¿s apologetic and supremely sorry when he gets caught or something bad happens to himself or others as a result of his actions, but he doesn¿t seem to learn very quickly from these lessons and must repeat them many, many times before he finally ¿gets it.¿ Similarly, Geppetto isn¿t 100% of the time a kindly old man; he too has his moments of anger with Pinocchio¿s behavior. Even the Blue Fairy isn¿t as kindly and beneficent as Disney made her¿she too isn¿t above pulling a nasty prank or two to show Pinnochio the error of his ways. I think these personality elements resonate with young readers¿I think we can all admit that most children push the limits, do things they know they are not supposed to and generally find disobeying to be more fun than obeying (at least at times)¿and in that way, Pinocchio is the embodiment childhood. He does all the things they¿ve been told not to and reaps the rewards or pays the price for it! I think that is what makes this a timeless classic that has been loved for generations. I think that there are a lot of dark humor and plot points in this book (the blue fairy¿s death, Geppetto¿s getting lost as sea, the attempted assassination of Pinocchio, etc.), that it¿s effective and riveting (especially for young readers) and enjoyable¿it also makes his final transformation into a real boy all the more rewarding when it finally happens. I have to admit I enjoyed reading this far more than ever enjoyed watching the Disney cartoon version. Overall, it¿s a rich, dark, and sometimes humorous tale that is illustrated wonderfully in this version by Gus Grimly. I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys reading the non-sanitized versions of Grimm¿s Fairy Tales (and other similar stories). It has all the familiar plot elements of the one we grew up watching (in America, at least) but is a much darker story than Disney gave us. I give it 4 stars and I would definitely buy it for my permanent library.
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I advise you to read all comments before getting this book. Note: this author only writes about pinochio. It's kinda freaky.
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Suggest sample chapter first or borrow
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Perfactally fun and adventures make you laugh sometimes.
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I thought there was only a movie incredible.the thing is i love disney so this is awsome i have never seen a disney book before movies great books awsooooome :()
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Wow i saw peoples comments and it left me thinking "is this story really that bad " please if the autor read these comments he or she would be very sad so please if yu have nothing nice to post dont post anything and thank yu for yout time
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