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Pinocchio

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  56,795 Ratings  ·  1,473 Reviews
The old wood-carver Geppetto decides to make a wonderful puppet which can dance & turn somersaults, but by chance he chooses an unusual piece of wood. The finished puppet can talk & misbehave like the liveliest child. But Pinocchio is brave & inquisitive as well as naughty. After some hair-raising adventures, he earns his heart's desire.
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Published 1993 by Parragon (first published February 1883)
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Nayra.Hassan
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هو صبي كسول كذوب..متعالى احمق ..عاق شقي..يريد ان يحظى بمزايا الانسانية. .دون متاعبها..و لآ مسؤوليتها. .لكن ..لا : بينوكيو ليس مجرد عروسة خشبية..بل هو نموذج نصطدم به مرارا في حياتنا اليومية
هو من يقابل كرمك اليومي بالجحود...و المحبة بالامبالاة..و الاهتمام بالاستهتار. ..ها هو جيبيتو صانع اللعب و مانح السعادة للاطفال..يتوق "لابن" فيصنع عروسة خشبية..و يتمنى لو كان صبيا' و بالفعل يتحول لصبي خشبي متكلم متحرك. .لكن لن يستحق إنسانيته الا بعد فعل الخير
مجرد قصة قصيرة صدرت عام 1881 لتحقق نجاحا ساحقا..و صا
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David
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nyrb
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
Danger
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t have kids. I read this for pleasure as a 32-year-old man. And, surprisingly, I definitely enjoyed it. As I made my way through the book, though, I kept trying to picture what a kid would think. It’s very weird. VERY weird, and kind of dark too. I’m not very familiar with the Disney version of this story, but I’m sure Pinocchio doesn’t murder that singing cricket with a hammer like he does on page 13. And things like the growing of his nose when he lies are not major plot points in the bo ...more
Brad
Sep 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, to-my-kids
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
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K.D. Absolutely
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  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
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*eKa*
2,5 Stars

Seriously, I never thought the real story of Pinocchio would be somewhat cruel and violent like this. I don’t think it is appropriate for children when it’s known as a classic story for children. It’s similar with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz which adapted differently for the movie. So, what’s wrong with these classic authors for children literature? Was their lives full of nightmare their imagination became dark and twisted? And why Mastro Geppetto was described as a grumpy and vicious o
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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
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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
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Davide
Storia (della lettura) di un burattino

Forse ci fu una prima lettura diretta, nella notte dei tempi, chi lo sa; di sicuro ci fu il bombardamento delle revisioni dell’immagine e del mito (anche il film di Disney? Non mi sembra ma proprio non ricordo). Ma ho detto storia, non preistoria; e allora la prima lettura è quella a quindici anni, al liceo.
Dovete sapere, miei piccoli lettori, che chi qui scrive ha avuto la fortuna di incontrare non pochi insegnanti molto capaci. Come questa maestra dai cape
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Brian
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finishing this made me think about the first time I completed The Giving Tree. Maybe there isn't supposed to be a moral to the story? Certainly the "be a good boy and all these things will be added unto you" doesn't work here. Pinocchio is a little shit for 95% of the 220 pages and when he repents for 10 minutes he gets the keys to the kingdom? It's like the biblical prodigal son on a Corey Haim level of lifelong poor choices that impacts everyone around him, constantly given another round of on ...more
Ryan
Dec 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-kids-lit
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
Rick Riordan
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a challenge and a treat — reading the original story of Pinocchio in Italian! It’s been a long time since I saw the Disney movie, but it was obvious to me that Disney, er, Disney-fied the story quite a bit. The original tale is a lot darker and a lot funnier. I loved the fight with Gepetto and the woodcutter at the beginning, where they are tearing off each other’s wigs. Pinocchio is indeed a rascal, a scamp, and all the other things they call him. I think I would have throw him in the ...more
Shanna Gonzalez
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-04-08
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
Saretta
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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).
Secondo
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monica ♪

4.5 Stars

My Mum used to tell me about this story all the time when I was a kid. But I barely remembered the detail story. All I remember until now is that my Mum used to tell me "don't ever you lie or else your nose will grow longer and longer like Pinocchio's"

It's nice to read the entire story about Pinocchio and his adventures in this book. Although he was such a brat and sometimes really makes me want to slap his head because he kept doing naughty things, but this book indeed gave very good
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Suvi
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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Heba
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
على ما يبدو إنه لا يُقنعني قصة للأطفال دون أمير وأميرة :)
ولكنني أحببت هذة القصة وإن كانت تحمل رسالة للصغار بأن يحرصوا على طاعة والديهم والانصات لنصائحهم إلا إنها تُوجه لنا نحن الكبار رسالة تستحق الأهتمام ألسنا نظل صغاراً في أعين والدينا ..فكم مرة يُحذروننا من المخادعين ولا نلبث نُردد على انفسنا ..وما المخادعون إلاخيال اختلقه الكبار لاخافتنا ونتجاهل تحذيرهم لنا لذا نحن بحاجة من وقت لآخر أن نقرأ مغامرات بينوكيو لكي نُحسن الانصات ولا نتغافل عن نصيحة الكبار
Metin Yılmaz
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Klasik hikayeyi biliyorsunuzdur. Fakat burada klasik hikayede olan sürekli yalan söylemesi ve sürekli uzayan burnu bir kaç kere değinilen konulardan yalnızca biri. Esas değinilen ise iyi bir çocuk olmak, yaramazlık yapmamak, anne babanın sözünü dinlemek. Tabi bunların yapılmadığında başına neler gelir onları da göstermek. İşte bu kitapta Pinokyo'nun yaptığı hatalar sonucunda başına gelenleri okuyoruz. Tabi sabırla ve sevgiyle onu her seferinde bağışlayan Peri be babası Gepetto ustayı görüyoruz.
Margot
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: preferiterrimi


Cose a cui può sopravvivere un burattino: fuoco, fuoco (di nuovo), coltellate, impiccagioni, carcere duro, umiliazioni canine, tentativi di frittura, metamorfosi asinine, annegamento e attacco da parte di pesci aggressivi e, ultimo, ma non meno importante, Pesci-cane asmatici.

Solo per dire che la versione disneyana aveva tralasciato delle cose.
Meli
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
RESEÑA SUPER COMPLETA Y ESCABROSA POR ACÁ :D


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 obedien
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Richard
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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!
Inshirah Kamal
Sep 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
honestly the best part of the book was the introduction by John Boyne!!!

i found Pinocchio a sullen kid, who is always getting into all sorts of trouble and ends up crying about how he is a bad child and that he deserves it and that he would do better next time.
the next time: does even more ridiculous shit ignoring the advice of older people!!!
Satyajeet
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story conceals an exceptional spíritual allegory, that is based on esoteric teachings, and contains plenty of metaphysical aspects. The 'universal' character of Pinocchio beautifully represents the fundamental human motifs of our experience as we evolve; it captures archetypal patterns and really complex themes of conscience, valour, and the search for identity, in an outstanding and yet simple narrative. Not many people are aware of the underlying meaning of this story of a wooden puppet, ...more
Sara Sbaraglia
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xix-secolo, italia
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
Lorenzo Basile
This is such a cute and touching little story. Ever since I was 4, my Nonna (Italian Grandmother), would always play the 20 minute episodes for me in Italian. I never really understood this all, though.

However, it was lovely to see the original story which ignited the popularity of Pinnochio's adventures and how it has evolved over time. For no reason, I always remember from the show, where Pinocchio was on the beach. And so when I read this scene in the book: it brought back many memories.

The
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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
Michelle Curie
Boys will be Boys, but Pinocchio was still a tough nut to crack. I actually think my earliest childhood memory is me sitting on the floor on my third birthday, with a large volume of (Disney's, to be fair) Pinocchio in my hands. And still it took me nearly two decades to read the original novel!

It's the story of the wood-carver Geppetto, who decides to make a puppet out of wood, unknowingly creating a puppet that can talk and misbehave like the liveliest child. What follows are some hair-raisin
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Dorcas
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, childrens
Pinocchio? Really? You're reading Pinocchio? Ok, I can explain this.

A week or two ago, my mum and I were talking books, and my dad, feeling a little left out, announced that he also bought a novel at Barnes and Noble while my mum was purchasing a Victor Hugo... I was a little surprised because he doesn't really read anything except medical books or non-fiction.

"What did you buy?"
"Pinocchio."
"Ha ha, funny. No really, what did you buy?"
"I bought Pinocchio."
Silence.
"Yeah, the lady at the checkout w
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Alex
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, rth-lifetime
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
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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
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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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