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The Adventures of Pinocchio

The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
By: (1826-1890)

Do today's children still learn what a "marionette" is? The beloved story of Pinocchio may represent a last lingering picture of a world not dominated by plastic or electronic toys.

Pinocchio is a puppet made from a piece of wood that curiously could talk even before being carved. A wooden-head he starts and a wooden-head he stays - until after years of misadventures caused by his laziness and failure to keep promises he finally learns to care about his family - and then he becomes a real boy.

For those who have seen the Disney movie the cast of characters will be familiar, from the Talking Cricket (who acts as his conscience) to Lamp-Wick, his partner in truancy and having heedless fun.

Though the toys of today are far from the puppet shows in Carlo Collodi's book, his themes of being truthful, thoughtful, and dependable will always be timely.

(Summary by Mark)

First Page:

Dashes; small checks; quick pass; gutchecked twice; jeebies; spellcheck


by C. Collodi

[Pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini]

Translated from the Italian by Carol Della Chiesa


How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

Centuries ago there lived

"A king!" my little readers will say immediately.

No, children, you are mistaken. Once upon a time there was a piece of wood. It was not an expensive piece of wood. Far from it. Just a common block of firewood, one of those thick, solid logs that are put on the fire in winter to make cold rooms cozy and warm.

I do not know how this really happened, yet the fact remains that one fine day this piece of wood found itself in the shop of an old carpenter. His real name was Mastro Antonio, but everyone called him Mastro Cherry, for the tip of his nose was so round and red and shiny that it looked like a ripe cherry.

As soon as he saw that piece of wood, Mastro Cherry was filled with joy... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 1, 2014
Amazing narrator! Thank you, Mark Smith, Simpsonville, state Carolina!
Reviewer: - April 30, 2014
Very very nice book, and very very good reader. I had a good time!
Reviewer: - March 15, 2014
Subject: Pinocchio
An excellent book read by an exceptionally skilled reader!
Reviewer: - August 22, 2013
I love the book don't get me wrong, but putting the Disney themed cover art on it is a bit misleading. The book is drastically different than the sugar coated version that Disney released for kids.
Reviewer: - May 29, 2013
Subject: Thank you.
Thank you very much my friend, rally I enjoyed this book.
May 8, 2013
Very, very good book
Reviewer: - February 3, 2013
I liked the book very much.
Reviewer: - January 12, 2013
Really good book
Reviewer: - November 17, 2012
Pinocchio is a great, funny book for children and adults. The movie was my first at a theater and I remember it dearly but the book outdoes it a long way.
November 17, 2012
Excellent book! Even better than the Disney version.

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