Pinocchio the Boy

Ever wondered what happened to Pinocchio after he turned into a real boy? In Lane Smith‘s whimsical sequel, Pinocchio wakes up as a real boy — but with a catch. He doesn’t know it. Publisher’s Weekly: “Smith summarizes all of the Pinocchio story in two pages of 50s-retro cartoons, then zooms in for a gauzy close-up of the Blue Fairy changing the marionette into a flesh-and-blood boy… [But] ‘That nutty fairy had changed him while he was asleep,’ and Pinocchio doesn’t look in the mirror when he wakes up. He’s too preoccupied with poor Geppetto, who’s ‘sick and wet from that fish’s belly,’ and he needs to buy some chicken soup in Collodi City (a dense comic-book metropolis and a subtle reference to the original author, Carlo Collodi). As a real boy, Pinocchio is persona non grata to his friend Cricket and gets booed offstage at ‘the puppet theater where just last week he was a Big Sensation.’ Luckily, he finds one friend, a bratty urchin with a surprise connection with his magical benefactor. In addition to providing a sumptuous visual presentation of the events, Smith’s artwork places the adventures in an edgy modern space of steep angles and flat geometric planes, chockablock with shop signs, laser-sharp beams of light and cascading snowflakes and polka-dots… Smith sidesteps the novel’s moralizing and the movie’s heartstring-pulling in this airbrush-sleek, sharply designed comic sequel.” Giggle factor: moderate. Adult enjoyment: high, especially if you like comic books. Illustrations: five jelly jars.


~ by kaychubbuck on September 18, 2010.

3 Responses to “Pinocchio the Boy”

  1. This looks cute. I went to Lane Smith’s page to check out the inside (no luck), and found a link to Curious Pages ( – awesome! How bad am I that I really want to find “inappropriate” books for Benji??

  2. I know. One of Smith’s other books is called The Really Ugly Duckling, but I haven’t read it yet. For at least one inside page of Pinocchio the Boy, see Smith’s blog:
    There are also a few sample pages on Amazon:

  3. […] By the creator of Pinocchio the Boy, Lane Smith’s newest offering is a pint-sized satire on our brave new world, in which children start consuming electronic media from the time they are toddlers […]

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