on 27 July 2011
This is a delightful retelling of Carlo Collodi's famous story. Written in simple, understandable language, it manages to convey the humour and drama of the original Italian. The illustrations are wonderful. My grandchildren (5 and 4) adore it, and want to hear it over and over again. Great fun, especially if you fancy yourself as a thespian and enjoy reading to children. A lovely gift, and highly recommended.
on 12 September 2008
'This is the universally well-known story of the wooden puppet carved from a piece of pine wood by Gepetto a poor woodcarver. Gepetto loves Pinocchio dearly and although the wayward puppet does love his father, he finds it almost impossible to be good. From the moment Pinocchio is created, he has a mind of his own and more than anything, he longs to be a real boy.
When Pinocchio meets the Fairy, she promises to grant his wish if he can demonstrate that he is brave, loyal and honest. But Pinocchio just loves having fun and is easily tempted into making the wrong decisions so he stumbles from one misadventure to another until he realises what is really important to him.
Based on the story by Carlo Collodi, The Adventures of Pinocchio is retold by Katie Daynes. This version is part of the Usborne Young Reading series, which combines exciting stories with easy reading text. The story is faithful to the original but has been put in clear, straightforward text making it a perfect book for the 6-8 age group.
Beautifully illustrated by Italian artist Mauro Evangelista, it will ensure that Pinocchio is instantly recognizable as the famous puppet made out of the wood.'
'Usborne Young Reading Books are carefully graded into levels: Series One, Two & Three and cover a wide range of subjects to suit all interests and abilities.'
This particular book is from SERIES TWO.
From the back cover:
'..."Only good sons have a chance of becoming real boys," warns the wise cricket. But, try as he might, Pinocchio the puppet just can't stay out of trouble.
Is he doomed to be wooden for ever?'
Measuring in around 20 cm x 13.25 cm, the colourful hardback covers open to 64 shiny, high quality pages, split into chapters:
1. A piece of wood
2. Puppet trouble
4. A puppet show
5. The fox and the cat
6. Meeting a fairy
7. The field of miracles
9. Inside the shark
Numbered pages, complete with bright yellow fabric ribbon to keep your page.
Illustrated throughout, this version of the story is further enhanced by relevant expressions and some speech bubbles.
Clearly laid out text.
Example of text:
'A piece of wood:
Once upon a time there was... a piece of wood.
Lying in a corner of the carpenter's workshop, it looked just like any other piece of wood.
The carpenter's name was Mr Cherry and he needed a table leg.
"Perfect!" he said, catching sight of the wood.
He rested it against his workshop and picked up a chisel.
As the chisel touched the wood, a voice cried out, "Don't hurt me!"
Mr Cherry looked up in surprise.
He was alone in the room.
"I must be imaging things," he thought.
But when he tried again, tapping the chisel against the wood, someone screamed...'
This is indeed no ordinary piece of wood...it is a talking piece of wood and can be rather rude, to say the least...as it turns out!
Mr Cherry is quite relieved to see the back of it, as his friend Gepetto strolls away clutching it!
But...this is just the beginning of VERY strange things happening!