The Story of Pinocchio

Mauro Evangelista and Katie Dayne’s retelling of the classic Italian children’s story of Pinocchio is a refreshing visual break from the more ubiquitous Disney version. With striking colored pencil illustrations and simple text, The Story of Pinocchio is closer to the Italian original by Carlo Collodi: the puppet is naughtier, the whale is squishier, and there’s no Jiminy Cricket. (Unfortunately, there’s no “When You Wish Upon a Star” either, but whether that’s a loss is a matter of personal taste.) That said, the adventure has been turned down several notches to make it less frightening for a small child. The scarier segments of the story have been excised, yet the plot manages to hang together — indeed, it holds up better than most radically shortened versions of hair-raising folk tales designed to scare the bejeezus out of small children so that they behave. Plus, there’s a happy ending, so who can complain? Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: if you like art. Illustrations: four jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on September 7, 2010.

One Response to “The Story of Pinocchio”

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