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  • Published: 30 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9780143136095
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $21.99

The Adventures of Pinocchio



A revelatory new edition of the most translated Italian book in the world--soon to be *two* major motion pictures: a Netflix animated version co-directed and co-written by Guillermo del Toro and voiced by Ewan McGregor, Cate Blanchett, and Tilda Swinton, and a Disney Plus live-action version directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks, Cynthia Erivo, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lorraine Bracco, and Keegan-Michael Key


A Penguin Classic

Carved from a piece of wood by the old carpenter Geppetto, the puppet Pinocchio comes to life and immediately starts to misbehave. But while this beloved character has achieved literary immortality, the novel has been widely misunderstood. Pinocchio has a penchant for lying, to be sure, but it’s when he avoids going to school that he repeatedly gets into trouble. The Adventures of Pinocchio is thus not a cautionary tale about lying but an unusually timely fable for our increasingly authoritarian times--a story about the importance of education and of preventing others from pulling our strings.

This effervescent new translation captures the antic spirit that makes the mischievous, egotistical, and easily distracted Pinocchio a late nineteenth-century prototype for the likes of Bart Simpson. Featuring copious annotations informed by the translators’ deep knowledge of Italy, it reveals the novel to be not only a subversively entertaining children’s book but also a sophisticated satire reflecting the author’s concern for the social inequality of his time and his belief that duty to others is at the core of our humanity.

  • Published: 30 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9780143136095
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $21.99

About the author

Carlo Collodi

Date: 2013-08-06
Fulvio Testa is one of Italy's most distinguished artists and illustrators and has had many exhibitions in the United States and Europe. In addition to his own prize-winning titles, he has illustrated books by authors such as Anthony Burgess and Gianni Rodari.

Carlo Collodi was the pen name if Carlo Lorenzini who was born in Florence in 1826. The son of a cook and a servant, he began his writing career as a journalist before turning to children's stories. He died in 1890, unaware of the international success that his creation Pinocchio would eventually enjoy.

Geoffrey Brock is the prizewinning translator of works by Cesare Pavese, Umberto Eco, Roberto Calasso, and others. He teaches creative writing and translation at the University of Arkansas.

Carlo Collodi is the pen-name of Carlo Lorenzini who lived from 1826 to 1890. Collodi is the name of the little village in Tuscany, Italy, where his mother was born. Carlo was born in Florence, the son of a cook and a servant, and spent most of his childhood in the rough and tumble of the streets rather than in the classroom. This could have helped when twice he was called upon to be a soldier. He began his writing career in newspapers and started his own satirical paper Il Lampione (The Lantern). By the 1950s he was publishing fiction and non-fiction titles and soon decided to concentrate on writing for children because, 'adults are too hard to please'.

In 1881 Carlo sent an editor friend a short episode in the life of a wooden puppet, wondering whether he would be interested in publishing this 'bit of foolishness' in the children's section of his paper. The editor did, Pinocchio was introduced to the world and the children loved it. The adventures of Pinocchio were serialised in the paper in 1881/82 and then published in 1883 with huge success. The first English language version appeared in 1892, two years after Carlo's death. The 1940 Disney cartoon has ensured that the character of Pinocchio remains well-known - but the book is much richer in the details of the adventures of the naughty puppet in search of boyhood.

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