I read this on holiday in Lucca, Tuscany, near the home of the author - everything Pinnochio was available. The book was a gambolling riot through the realities of childhood in the time it was written and poor Pinocchio was subjected to many harsh treatments and neglects on his travels. It was very different from the sanitised and diluted Disney version, but the original book really demonstrated how much the adult approach to children has changed over the last three hundred years. A great read, despite the voice of the narrator not being quite what we expect nowadays, I am always up for reading the original version of stories, just to see how it has been re-written by Disney for a very different audience.
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If you are thinking about Disney, where Pinocchio is this little sweet boy, just take into account this is the original story written over 100 years ago, book is pack with violence only suitable for older children, my preteen son has enjoyed it, and gets the moral of the story
I've bought a selection of these books to either read to my grandchildren, or, be read to off my grandchildren, depending on their age. I have given it 5 stars & I do highly recommend them got the following reasons. Value for money, at £1.99 it's less than half the price of some comics that don't last long, the packaging & delivery was fantastic, the children love the stories & last but not least, I am enjoying reading them