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The Adventures of Pinocchio

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  39,089 ratings  ·  875 reviews

Like many little boys, Pinocchio likes to dabble in mischief, disobey his parents, and shirk his studies and chores. Like many ordinary boys, Pinocchio does what he pleases, with scant regard for the consequences. But the star of this tale isn't just any little boy. And he's certainly not ordinary. In fact, he's not a boy at all. With a head made of wood and his body carve

Hardcover, Illustrated English Edition, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Creative Editions (first published 1880)
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As is the case with many great and memorable children's tales, Pinocchio is predominated by the threat of violence and death. At one point the incorrigible puppet is actually lynched by a Fox and a Cat who are after his gold coins. The Talking Cricket (the model for Disney's Jiminy Cricket) is killed by Pinocchio, using a mallet to smash him against the wall, as early as chapter four. The Cricket's primary offense? Giving some lame moralistic advice to the anarchic puppet. (The Talking Cricket w ...more
Eddie Watkins
What a lively book! and also what a strange book, in its nimble flirtations with death and grotesqueries that add many layers of deftly handled complexities to a seemingly simple tale.

Collodi was clearly conflicted about who Pinocchio actually was. The afterword informs us that the book is actually two parts that have now fused into one. What is now the first half of the book was originally a complete tale in itself, and ended with Pinocchio dying after being hung from a tree. But then due to th
I have been slowly reading a stack of children's classics to my twins (thus far to combat the poor movie adaptations that are out there), but I have been less than impressed.

I found Peter Pan (both the character and the story) insufferable; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory offended me ideologically; and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was too heavy handed. So I had little hope for Carlo Collodi's Pinnochio.

Even though I had been slightly disabused of my belief that Pinnochio would be overly
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 11, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books (Children's)
Shelves: 501, childrens
Pinocchio's Ten Life Enriching Lessons for Grownups:

I normally read children's books during Christmastime. Not only to catch up with my Reading Challenge (I am behind by 10 books as of this writing), but also, most of children's books have life lessons that can be good reminders for the coming year. New Year always means new beginning, new hope. Do you remember when you were still in school and after reading a story in class, the teacher asked you what was the lessons you learned from it? So, in
Nandakishore Varma
It is always a dicey affair to criticise a popular book: and when it is an acknowledged classic for children, it is even more dangerous. So I agonised a lot over my impressions of Pinocchio: Is it only a matter of personal taste? Am I missing something? Should I rethink my rating based on learned opinions spanning more than a century? In the end, I decided to go with my original evaluation.

This is one of those stories you read and love in comics format or abridged versions before you come into c
let's get this straight - pinocchio is an asshole. but in that, he's a regular adolescent trying to figure out how the world works and, more importantly, how he can navigate it. kids aren't always angels and ice cream - they're lying, cheating, selfish demons - i sometimes think there's nothing meaner than a 5th grader - but who can blame them? i think that was the appeal to me of reading this book versus watching the disney movie (which is my favorite disney movie, and i will have the argument ...more
What a dick! Wavering around like a conker in the breeze, pinocchio dances about and invites at least a harsh look.
But he gets more than that! Hung from the neck til dead! pushed into a coffin paraded by freakish rabbits! Have his legs plucked off! Pasted with flour! Chained up like a dog! eaten by a shark! Turned into a donkey and drowned! Starve to death! Get burnt up - more than once! - all this and more! Horrible!

Leí este libro para la universidad (¿qué a ustedes no les hacen leer cuentos de hadas en la uni? xD), y lo elegí porque era el único de la lista que no había leído ya. No lo había leído porque siempre odié la película (me daba miedo de chiquita y bueno, por ahí si la miro ahora me sigue dando un poquito jaja).

Es uno de los libros más retorcidos y morbosos que leí en mi vida. Collodi en su intento desesperado de dar una lección de moralidad y obedienc
Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
Unsurprisingly this is darker and even more surreal than the cultural touchstone left in Walt's Studio's wake. Interestingly, reading this years after having been typically mesmerized by the animated version several times as a wee knee-high made me re-realize how truly dark and strange and moving the relatively far more sugar-coated technicolor Disney fare actually was. But again, this original monograph ratchets up the creepiness and, frankly, the hard-nosed bleakness quite a bit more, by compa ...more
Pinocchio è la prima volta che lo leggo; per questo sono rimasta stupita dal romanzo, la mia aspettativa era ormai stata traviata dal Pinoccio della Disney (che c'entra ben poco con la storia di Collodi).
"Pinocchio" è un romanzo cattivo (non saprei dire quanto sia "per bambini"), il grillo muore nelle prime pagine, ci sono impiccagioni, assassini, annegamenti e frustate.
C'è da dire che nella prima parte Pinocchio è un burattino decisamente strafottente e insopportabile (ma poi migliora).
Sara Sbaraglia
Spesso gli adulti sono poco curiosi riguardo quelle che vengono comunemente classificate "storie per bambini". Ma oltre alla solita morale presente in molte fiabe, ossia ascoltare i consigli degli adulti se non ci si vuole trovare nei guai, questa storia in particolare ha molto da insegnare anche a chi si ritiene cresciuto e saggio. E così gli adulti che "a lasciarli dire, tutti si metterebbero in capo di essere i nostri babbi e i nostri maestri", inciampano in una serie di grossolani errori nel ...more
This is essentially a conservative book. Pinocchio learns the hard way to work hard and not act out. He's a different sort of boy, but by the end of the book he's been quite literally whittled down to the shape of everyone else. I know it might sound like I'm reading too much into this, but, I mean, children's books have lessons, and here is this one's. If you want your child to learn through play, this isn't your book.

It's extremely dark, too, by the way. If your only experience with the story
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Hmmm.....Nineteenth century Italian writer experiments with psychoactive substances and writes a children's book?

In this story you will meet:

A guy named Mini-Man who bites off the ears of his donkeys as a gesture of affection.

A large Snail with a glowing lantern on her head.

A large Serpent with green skin, eyes of fire, and a pointy tail that smokes like a chimney. The Serpent laughs so hard that a vein bursts in his chest and he dies.

An iron door knocker that suddenly turns into a live eel in
Shanna Gonzalez
Pinocchio is a classic story, and a very different one than the saccharine Disney version most Americans are familiar with. Carlo Collodi’s 1882 book lays out the story of a wooden puppet come to awkward life, who proceeds to act out on every selfish, crude and obnoxious impulse ever known to childhood. Each bad decision brings sorrow to his “father” Gepetto and his “mother” the Blue Fairy, and brings a terrifying consequence to the puppet — in the course of the book his feet are burned off, he ...more
To be honest, Pinocchio is the most insufferable, ungrateful, and gullible brat I've seen so far in children's literature. Poor Geppetto has to sit at home, while the boy runs around and gives up to temptations. All the lies build up, and each time Pinocchio's nose grows longer.

Not too convinced on this one. New characters are introduced only to disappear almost immediately. Didn't understand the point of them, maybe Collodi wanted more pages since it was originally serialized? And oh boy, the a
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Selama ini saya mengenal si Pinokio cuma dari kartunnya Disney atau film layar lebarnya (kalo ga salah banyak versi, saya baru nonton yang versi tahun 2002 dan tahun 1993, belum versi kartunnya yang banyak). Semua orang begitu mengenal tokoh ini sehingga saat mau membaca edisi aslinya (lebih tepatnya, edisi lengkap cerita asli Pinokio)sempat terlintas di pikiran, apalagi yang diharapkan dari cerita si Pinokio?

Pengalaman adalah guru paling berharga, kata orang. Belajar dari pengalaman membaca buk
Perché non avevo mai letto Pinocchio? È semplicemente incantevole.
Iniziamo col dire che i vari adattamenti cinematografici non gli rendono giustizia, salvo in parte quello di Comencini, seppur povero di mezzi.
In effetti il libro è diverso, adotta lo stile delle fiabe, così difficili da rendere sullo schermo. Piccoli capitoli auto conclusivi caratterizzati da uno stile asciutto e quasi privo di descrizioni. Non c’è da stupirsi, è lo stesso tipo di narrazione de I racconti delle fate, tradotte pro
What is you were just sitting around playing with a piece of wood, and all of a sudden, it started… to talk. You jump back, thinking this is a dream. Well, in The Adventures of Pinocchio, that dream comes true.
It all started one day when a man named Geppetto was building a puppet. When all of a sudden, it started to cry, scream, laugh, and talk. He kept working his puppet, with his occasional blackouts from a piece of wood talking to him, and eventually he finished his puppet, and it became as r
I honestly didn't think I was going to like this very much. Mainly because I really like the Disney movie. However, I like this version a lot better. It has more meaning to it then the Disney movie.

To start with, if you think ths story is anything like the Disney version then move along. Yes Disney is known to making changes, but this book has too many changes; not much with the plot, but more with the characters. Geppetto is miserable, the "cricket" dies the first chapter he is mentioned, the B
Um boneco de madeira que, quando mentia, como consequência, crescia-lhe o nariz.
Era tudo o que sabia sobre o pinóquio pois, por incrível que pareça nunca vi o filme da Disney nem tinha lido nada.

Neste pequeno livro aprendi que o Pinóquio era na verdade um tronco de madeira normal que ia ser esculpido para algo até que, esse mesmo pedaço de madeira falou!

Fui introduzida ao velhote Gepeto e a como ele esculpiu assim o seu filhote de madeira, só que Pinóquio era um boneco inconsequente e só fazia a
I was absolutely surprised by this book..... I had no desire to read it - I somehow had this preconceived idea that I would not like it. It was, however on my son's Mensa For Kids reading list, and so we read it.

We loved it! To be sure, some parts were rather silly and a bit disjointed... but the great stuff really outweighed these minor drawbacks...

We both agreed that Pinocchio's journey reminded us very much of The Odyssey. It also, for us, reminded us of the biblical story of the Prodigal So
Patrizia O
A me Pinocchio ha sempre fatto simpatia, una simpatia istintiva e non ho mai trovato disdicevole che il suo più grande desiderio (almeno quello dichiarato) fosse di diventare un bambino vero: nessun bambino vuole distinguersi dagli altri per la sua diversità, non vuole essere additato per strada e non vuole diventare famoso come fenomeno da baraccone. Essere diversi, uscire dal coro e distinguersi per l’originalità delle proprie scelte è cosa che comincia ad avere un suo fascino nell’adolescenza ...more
Holy shit! This is not the Disney Pinocchio I knew as a child, that's for sure!

I had read something here on GR about this so I had to check it out for myself. Sure enough the original version of the story is like most original fairy tales, that is to say, dark, bloody and violent!

Pinoch is a royal bastard who treats poor Geppetto like shit and actually murders the cricket within seconds of meeting him. By the time Pinoch is stabbed and then hung you are pretty much rooting for it to happen. (An
Perry Whitford
Boy, good ol' Walt certainly Disneyfied this creepy old tale!

Forget your doe-eyed, rosy-cheeked, floppy-hatted, painted planks of pathos in pantaloons - the original Pinocchio is a real pain in the posterior.

Almost immediately upon being given life by Geppetto (who is himself a pretty disreputable character) Pinochio states his lowly ambition: "It is to eat, drink, sleep and amuse myself, and to lead a vagabond life from morning to night."

Throughout he behaves in a way unlikely to arouse any sy
Benjamin R
This Book is the longer version with 193 Pages and I'm on #91. This Book has much more adventure than the short little 10-long page one that's SUPER boring. I think (other people may not) Carlo Collodi has a lot, but good humor. In the story Pinocchio meets at least 10 characters. There is no School like the tiny and boring book. (But there is a stage and theater) Two of the characters are a Fox and Cat, and that's all I'm going to tell you because that would COMPLETLY RUIN IT! You should really ...more
Troy Dufrene
Nov 21, 2008 Troy Dufrene rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of dark fairy tales, wannabe Italians
Recommended to Troy by: Diesel Books
Time for a confession: I had no clue Pinocchio existed until I wandered into an independent bookstore to hear a reading. I mean, I knew about the Disney Technicolor extravaganza with the top-hatted cricket, the Marilyn Monroe-ish hypersexualized fairy, and the not-quite-as-racist-as-Popeye Geppetto. But I had no idea the story had descended to Walt's half-mad storyboards from a very keen and compelling 19th century Italian writer. But there was this fine New York Review of Books edition on the t ...more
Daniel Pecheur
Carlo Collodi's classic children's fairy tale The Adventures of Pinocchio is a brilliantly whimsical and non-stop entertaining adventure story tinged with a bit of social commentary, satire and allegorical/moral fable. This wonderful, timeless story should be read by all who have a love for fairy tales and just good old classic stories that never tire of their luster. It's a story that's been heard of by all, yet unfortunately, the original story by Collodi published in serials around 1880 and 1 ...more
Lars Guthrie
Three years ago, Robert Brock’s translation of ‘Pinocchio’ garnered a fair amount of attention, including mine. I realized I knew nothing about the darker original story, despite the Disney movie being a childhood favorite.

Actually, though, I couldn’t remember too much about the movie, and thought I should see it again. What really stuck in my mind was Jiminy Cricket, and even more, the voice of Cliff Edwards as Jiminy Cricket singing “When You Wish Upon a Star.” Bliss.

Three years later, I have
Nov 21, 2008 Stephan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brian, Kelsey
Recommended to Stephan by: Paul Auster
"Centuries ago there lived- "A king!" my little readers will say immediately. No, children, you are wrong."

That's how Collodi's "The Adventures of Pinocchio" begins and differs from what I could have imagined (or what I imagined only knowing, or rather remembering, Disney's warped version of it). --SPOILERS TO FOLLOW-- "Jiminy Cricket" in Disney's version as the conscience or ghost is actually just called the "the talking cricket" and lives on Geppetto's wall. Pinocchio kills him with a hammer i
Mihail Kostov
Първата ми книга. Минаха 20 години, откакто я четох, но все още ярко си спомням някои части от нея.
Понякога ми се иска да я препрочета, но имам чувството, че някак ще разваля магията. Може би когато реша да го направя, ще е за да я прочета на собствените си деца. Ще е хубаво, пък ако не я харесат, винаги мога да си направя нови.
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Carlo Lorenzini, better known by the pen name Carlo Collodi (November 24, 1826 – October 26, 1890), was an Italian children's writer known for the world-renowned fairy tale novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio.
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