C. Collodi created the legendary character, Pinocchio, The Tale of a Puppet. Originally titled The Story of a Marionette, but most commonly simply called Pinocchio, was originally published in 1880 in the first Italian magazine for children. It is about an old carpenter, Geppetto's clever invention of a puppet who has adventures as a real boy. The beloved character, the talking cricket (long before Disney's version named him Jiminy) and a fairy can help, but cannot keep him entirely out of harm's way. His assailants include a cast of assassins, a fox, a cat, and a dog. He turns into a donkey and is swallowed by a dog-fish.
Numerous adaptations have delighted generations of children since its original creation by Collodi, most memorable, Walt Disney's Pinocchio. It remains one of Disney's greatest movies, released in 1940.
We've chosen the 1916 edition featuring beautiful illustrations by Alice Carsey. Enjoy rediscovering its magic by reading this classic children's story with your favorite child.
This book is featured in our collection of Books for Young Readers.
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