In a little town somewhere in Italy lived a friendly old carpenter called Geppetto. And this is the story of that good man and his son - Pinocchio. Now in the town all the girls and boys knew that old Geppetto had a way with toys. With his clever hands he made wonderful things like dolls and trains and birds with wings, for the people who know how to make the best toys are the ones who really love you girls and boys. But Geppetto himself had no children of his own and it made him feel sad that he lived alone.
The publisher has timed this unabridged edition of Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio, illus. by Gris Grimly, to hit bookstores just before Roberto Benigni's (Life Is Beautiful) feature film based on the book. Grimly applies the same off-kilter, skewed perspectives that made his Monster Museum so memorable; in his pen-and-inks, Pinocchio resembles a wooden bird with his round belly, twig-like legs, beaky nose and bead-like eyes. A scene of Candlewick and Pinocchio changing into donkeys will likely raise goosebumps.