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Pinocchio by Lane Smith
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Apr 07, 10

bookshelves: fairy-tales-folktales, italian-books, remake, read-in-2008
Read in November, 2008

“Pinocchio the Boy” is one of Lane Smith’s most recent books and is probably his funniest and most heartwarming books by far. This book details how Pinocchio tries to find some chicken soup for his sick father, Geppetto, but little does he or anyone knows, the Blue Fairy had transformed Pinocchio back into a boy, but did that deed while he was sleeping! This book is sure to be a classic in its own right and will amuse many children and adults.

Lane Smith’s illustrations are truly the highlights of this book as the characters look like they came out of “Olive the Other Reindeer.” Geppetto is truly a great illustrated character as he looks like the guy that the Pink Panther usually annoys in “The Pink Panther” cartoons. Lane Smith has also done a great job at narrating the story of Pinocchio in a modern twist by using phrases such as:

“This kid needs help!” said by little girl.
“I wouldn’t push it with that in-a-fish sleepover stuff.” Again said by the little girl.

I love how Lane Smith made the character of the girl to be as she is sassy yet loveable towards Pinocchio and is the only character in the book who does not appear in the original context of “Pinocchio.” Also, I love the way that she looks as she wears a box shaped hat with purple and white stripes all over her body and also the fact that she not have any eye pupils in her eyes which makes her look mysterious at the same time.

“Pinocchio, the Boy” is truly one of Lane Smith’s most touching and funniest story he ever created and it truly tells the story of the true meaning of Christmas as Pinocchio cares more about his father than anything else in the world and how people can easily make mistakes, even if they did not mean to such as the Blue Fairy’s mistake on not telling Pinocchio about her changing him back into a boy. This book is a pure delight to children ages four and over since there is nothing to object to in this book.

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