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.
"hough written in the nineteenth century, the original Pinocchio remains as readable as if it had been written in the twenty-first, so limpid and simple is its prose," writes Italian author Umberto Eco in the introduction to Collodi's classic story of transformation. Readers not ready to tackle the story in Italian, however, will be more than satisfied with Brock's lovely 2009 translation, which is accompanied by new artwork from Testa. His gentle, brightly colored cartoons soften some of the darker scenes in the story such as when Pinocchio burns off his feet or the abuses he suffers after being transformed into a donkey without minimizing Pinocchio's mischievous nature. Ages 7 14.