The story of Pinocchio, the puppet who wants to be a real boy, the loving Gepetto, the energetic Talking Cricket, and all the other delightful characters come to life in a beautifully illustrated rendition complete with colorful paper collage artwork.
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The Chinese-American illustrator Ed Young won a Caldecott Medal for his book Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story From China. Here he takes on another classic children's tale and transforms it with his collages from cloth, string, grainy paper, and scraps. Pinocchio's often frightening world is rendered in rich color and deep texture, so that the moral of the adventure, that honesty and modesty are the only sources of our humanity, becomes even more powerful. Young has also included some of the darker plot elements that subsequent Disneyfied versions chose to obscure or leave out.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 4?To adapt this classic story from the length of the standard versions, thus counteracting the movie images of the Disney animation and the current live-action film, takes an exceptional individual. Young has achieved almost complete success. The artist's note explains his approach; he uses the stock-in-trade of the Italian theater, commedia dell' arte, to capture the slapstick and exaggeration of the adventures. The result is a theatrical and readable presentation with chapters defined as scenes. Overall, the large-format book is attractive, with paper-collage illustrations emphasized with textured surfaces and backgrounds. Edges of shapes are deliberately not glued flat to add dimension and attention to technique. Quibbles are that on some spreads, the black text on dark backgrounds is hard to read, and that details in the illustrations don't always match descriptions in the story. Pinocchio's "little jacket of flowered paper" is a solid green color throughout; on the final page, when Pinocchio turns into a boy, "the bright face of a real boy looked at him with wide-awake blue eyes, dark brown hair..."?but both are painted black. This picture-book rendition should not replace standard versions such as the Macmillan edition (illus. by Attilo Mussino, 1937, '69), the Macmillan Classics (illus. by Naiad Einsel, 1963), or the Knopf edition (illus. by Roberto Innocenti, 1988). But the combination of the story's popularity with Young's name recognition and appealing cover will draw a large audience.?Julie Cummins, New York Public Library
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Descrizione libro Philomel, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110399229418