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Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio by Martin Powell
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Apr 23, 10

bookshelves: graphic-novel-juvenile
Read in April, 2010

The quality was potentially higher than three stars, but the drastic abridgement of the story, reduced to 72 pages of graphic fiction, made it a bit too rushed. We are often shown the results of actions, but not the actions or decisons leading to those results.
On the other hand, Martin Powell did his best with an impossible task, and illustrator Alfonso Ruiz had fun with the project.
The book IS a good introduction to the real story of Pinocchio for kids who only know the Disney version. Oddly, this version preserves a strange error by Collodi, and which Disney and other adaptors tend to change. The beast which swallows both Gepetto and Pinocchio was described by Collodi as a shark...with asthma and a weak heart, no less, to give him an excuse for it to sleep with its mouth open. Unfortunately, he never considered that sharks don't really sleep, much less while snoring on the surface of the water. Monstro the Whale was actually a correction and an improvement, a rarity for Disney films.
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