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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20,553 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carlo Collodi, Rebecca Burns Narrator: Rebecca Burns Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 9781400178858
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Mischievous, lazy, and full of tricks, the puppet Pinocchio causes trouble for his creator, Geppetto, almost as soon as he comes to life. Yet, more than anything, this naughty and playful creature wants to become a real boy. To make his dreams come true, he must prove himself worthy. Come along on Pinocchio’s amazing journey as he learns—the hard way—what it means to be honest, kind, and, above all, human.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/18/2014

    " This is a much trippier story than the Disney movie version, but my kids loved it and I loved the lesson that if you disobey your parents, lots of bad things will happen to you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.c. | 2/18/2014

    " I read Pinocchio to Dane this month. While the book has many of the same characters and cautionary tales as the Disney movie, it's really quite different, and in some ways more macabre. First, Pinocchio was a talking piece of wood, which made an poor old carpenter think he was schizophrenic. The carpenter pawns the talking wood off on his frienemy, Geppetto. Geppetto takes it home and carves it into a puppet. As soon as Geppetto finishes carving Pinocchio's feet, Pinocchio kicks Geppetto in the face and runs away. Geppetto runs down the street after him, but is arrested for child abuse. There is a talking cricket in the beginning of the book who tries to give Pinocchio advice, but Pinocchio proptly kills him by throwing a hammer at him. Naive Pinocchio, without any parental supervision, runs around in the rain and gets soaked. So he tries to dry himself, sleeping in front of the fire, and burns his own legs off. Geppetto, recently release from jail for good behavior, is forgiving enough to carve him some new legs. Geppetto then sells his only coat to buy school books for Pinocchio, but Pinocchio sells them to buy a ticket to a puppet show. The puppet master (named Fire-Eater in the book) doesn't kidnap Pinocchio to keep him as his show stopper like in the movie, but he does try to use him as fuel to cook his dinner. He has a change of heart and instead gives him five gold pieces, which the fox and cat try to steal from him, but Pinocchio bites of the cat's paw when he tries to get the gold pieces out of his mouth. There is a blue fairy in the book, but she is a little dead zombie girl that Pinocchio meets at a haunted house. Pinocchio does go off with a bad companion named Candlewick to a land of bliss and pleasure, but instead of being called "Pleasure Island" like in the movie, it's call "The Land of Boobies" (I'm not making this up). Now Dane keeps asking if he can go to the Land of Boobies, and I have to tell him, "No son. You can never go to the Land of Boobies, ever." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 2/17/2014

    " Interesting to read the original Pinnochio story but I got bored after 50 pages. Perhaps it was because I already knew what was going to happen, but I lost interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 2/15/2014

    " Enjoyable, if a little repetitive. It's hard to read it through anything other than the Disney version, but it is reasonably different--including a Pinocchio who is meaner and more problem ridden (e.g., within the first few pages he hits the cricket with a hammer), a cat/wolf that are more persistent and interesting than the Disney ones, and an even more moving ending about how Pinocchio finally becomes a boy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wightknyte11 | 2/15/2014

    " It is fascinating, having grown up with the Disney Pinocchio, to see where this story really came from. Until I saw it on a shelf I didn't even know there was an original story that Disney borrowed from (though I shouldn't be surprised, Disney's best stuff was always a retelling of other stories). I would recommend this book to anyone who knows Pinocchio only through Disney. I loved the Disney version as a child, but this is a better story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/14/2014

    " Weird, weird book...... But I think there is a really go moral message behind it. The message about contrition and mercy is really good. The book's just a little to out-there for me to completely enjoy it, unfortunately. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 2/12/2014

    " This was an odd little book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 2/11/2014

    " Wonderful story for children with clear presentation of evil characters, consequences of evil actions, and the encouragement to strive for virtue. I had no idea how much more rich the development of Pinocchio's character was compared with the Disney movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yue Zhou | 2/9/2014

    " I like this story very much. It is a story of a carpenter Master Antonio who teaches his puppet Pinocchio about honest, brave and selfless; through experiencing various difficulties and setbacks, Pinocchio has transformed itself from a puppet to a real boy. His growing experience is very similar as ours. We always face many puzzlement and temptations in the process of our growing. Sometimes we may choose the wrong way and make some serious mistakes. But, the story tells us that we should face the mistakes and resolve it instead of hiding it and lie to the parents. In other words, if we can learn our lessons from our mistakes, we will grow up and get the happiness in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 2/8/2014

    " Not a huge fan of the illustrations in this edition, but it was great to finally read the original story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniela Castañeda | 2/8/2014

    " E' bellisimo avere un libro facile di tanto in tanto "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellie | 2/7/2014

    " Rare, but I think disney did a better job with developing the character. Some of the say it was written lacked continuity and believability but still glad I read the original. fun theme and idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/5/2014

    " I was pleasantly surprised by this classic piece of children's literature. It opens up a lot of dialogue with children about moral issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasha | 2/4/2014

    " So far I'm very surprised by the nature of the puppet...very devious...and naughty! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 2/3/2014

    " One of the best children's stories. Essential reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 2/2/2014

    " great book, especially when you know it's an allegory. :) that definitely increases your appreciation of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 1/31/2014

    " I wanted to read the original of this story after having read earlier in the summer a graphic novel called Pinocchio: Vampire Killer. This book had a great story and illustrations, and in the beginning they gave a short summary of the story before proceeding to the vampire version. Now having read the real story, you can see the possibility of the vampire version actually happening. Now this might have just been this translation (which frankly seeemed a bit pedophilic), and I realize that the story is most likely more like a Grimm fairytale in that it is scarier than Disney or others would like you to ever imagine, but I was really creeped out by the story. I get that it is a moral tale, and the message seems to be: Be a bad disobedient child and bad things will happen to you, like you get nearly hanged, visted by creepy black rabbits bearing a coffin, turned into a donkey, eaten by a terrible shark (i.e. whale)etc. And by the end of the book, he discovers the error of his ways, helps care for his "parents" and he earns the right to become a real boy. That being said, I would be curious to read other translations and see if I like the story any better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thomas | 1/31/2014

    " Walt Disney amassed a great fortune by taking public-domain kid-lit and turning it into movies. However, when the source material wasn't Brothers Grimm or HC Anderson, it was generally total crap. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 lisa | 1/29/2014

    " I can't really tell you what my expectations were from this book, but whatever it was, it didn't meet them. I guess I thought it would be like so many other classics that Disney has appropriated over its lifetime: much creepier and disturbing than the cartoon version would have you believe. But there was barely anything that Disney needed to stripe away in order to make this suitable for a young audience, it's basically what you see up on the screen: a moralistic tale about how children that misbehave will come to no good, but those upright citizens will be the crowning jewel of their society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Antonella | 1/24/2014

    " I bought this book for my daughter after visiting Sara Fanelli Exhibition in Cambridge. The story is the Classic Pinocchio's story by Carlo Collodi but the illustration is from one of the world's most admired children's book illustrators. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryce Emley | 1/24/2014

    " apparently my edition has no ISBN... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 1/24/2014

    " "Good" is not the word for this, but it is frequently fascinating in its complete insanity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark O'Neill | 1/24/2014

    " This is a story that all children should read as it is a story of obeying and honoring your parents. It is a story of acting maturely and responsibly, listening and acting on the advice of others, going to school and learning a trade, instead of wasting your life away irresponsibly. These are all lessons that Carlo Collodi tries to teach his young readers in the form of his puppet character Pinnochio.[return][return]The story starts with Geppetto carving a piece of wood into a puppet and calling him Pinnochio. Pinnochio runs off and causes no end of problems and despite promising Geppetto that he will behave, Pinnochio continues to misbehave and break every promise that he makes. As the story proceeds, Pinnochio realises that by leading a bad life and by breaking every promise, he is hurting the people that care for him and eventually he will walk down a self-destructive path. But he is unable (no matter how hard he tries) to reverse his life to goodness as everyone seems to be determined to stray him down the road of temptation and Pinnochio doesn't have the willpower to resist.[return][return]Can Pinnochio stop lying to everyone, stop breaking his promises and start leading a good honest life, honoring his father? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brette | 1/23/2014

    " It was kinda creepy. And I'm not really sure about some of the morals of the story. Mostly it just gave me the heeby jeebies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 1/23/2014

    " let's get this straight - pinocchio is an asshole. but in that, he's a regular adolescent trying to figure out how the world works and, more importantly, how he can navigate it. kids aren't always angels and ice cream - they're lying, cheating, selfish demons - i sometimes think there's nothing meaner than a 5th grader - but who can blame them? i think that was the appeal to me of reading this book versus watching the disney movie (which is my favorite disney movie, and i will have the argument with anybody who says it totally candy-coats the "darkness" in the original). it's an honest view of kids and their troubles, both internal and external. oh, and by the by, if you read this expecting a blow by blow with the movie, you'll be horribly surprised - pinocchio is lynched, the cats lose their fingers, and "jiminy" cricket is killed (by pinocchio!) very early on in the story. take that, focus on the family! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/18/2014

    " I am only a little bit into this one, but man did Disney edit. It's like reading a morbid and more interesting version of the animated movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryce Emley | 1/17/2014

    " apparently my edition has no ISBN... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/17/2014

    " This edition was useful, because the illustrations helped with unfamiliar words that were not parole analoghe (cognates). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 1/16/2014

    " I love the story although there are elements that seem somewhat ridiculous. A blue haired fairy? Sure. Whatever. But the woodcarver's trials are sad, and Pinocchio's struggles are truly moving. A great story and a satisfying ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 jmjester | 1/15/2014

    " I bought a gorgeous edition of this translated by Emma Rose with artwork by Sara Fanelli. I mistakenly took this to indicate the quality of the story. Perhaps I'd feel differently if I were in 2nd grade, but there was little to no character development and little rhyme or reason for his behavior or that of anyone else. Don't waste your time on this. If only I hadn't bought it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 1/14/2014

    " What a bratty whiner. I might be glad to have read it. But right now I'm just disappointed that Pinocchio was such a whiner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/14/2014

    " bit of a random story, not surprising for print by the week stories. undercurrent of christian ethics seen in morals of working hard and helping others. overtones of the prodigal son story and bits of isaiah, where the righteous are judged against and the prisoners are set free. i love the repeated maxim that little boys who won't learn and work turn into little donkeys, which is literally fulfilled by pinocchio. if i had a little boy, that's what i'd tell him to get him to do his homework. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 1/13/2014

    " I loved it. It was one of my favorites. I read it last year. It is not just my favorite, it is one of my most favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 1/13/2014

    " Called one of the great subversives of the written page ... This edition has an introduction by Umberto Eco "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasha | 1/13/2014

    " So far I'm very surprised by the nature of the puppet...very devious...and naughty! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vera | 1/13/2014

    " Scary... It gave me nightmares as a child. Better read the children's version... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haili | 1/11/2014

    " I loved it. It is the classic version of Pinnochio. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 1/10/2014

    " Translation by Geoffrey Brock, forward by Umberto Eco "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/9/2014

    " This edition was useful, because the illustrations helped with unfamiliar words that were not parole analoghe (cognates). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theanonymousafro | 1/9/2014

    " I liked more the Disney version "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy Stephens | 1/4/2014

    " This was quite a bit different from the Disney cartoon I saw as a kid. Basically, this book is an allegory for why children should behave and what happens if they act up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 12/27/2013

    " Daddy is reading this book to the child I'm incubating in utero to get baby familiar with his voice...it was a happy coincedence that there are some good lessons in unconditional love in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 12/27/2013

    " This is not the exact edition that I own or the publication that I am reading however it will suffice. I am reading The Adventures of Pinocchio in Italian/translating it as is necessary. My attempts at being bi-lingual through stories that are stained in our childhood memories... more to come "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JulieLaLa | 12/24/2013

    " Rather dark "do as you're told or bad things will happen to you" tale for children (?). The language and sentence structure were clunky with poor transition (due to translation?). There is no subtlety to the "be a good boy" message and Pinocchio is a rather hard-headed boy (not just because he's made of wood). I would never read this version to a child - is the Disney version better? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrinka | 12/20/2013

    " I never really know how to rate children's books, unless they're mindblowing. Although I've never seen the Disneyfied version of this story, my guess is that the original outshines the American animated version; Pinocchio seems less cloying in the former. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 12/11/2013

    " Disney leaves a lot of information out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susann | 12/10/2013

    " The serialization effect grew wearying after awhile, but I'm glad to have finally read this. CREEPY cover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tatjana Ravenwood | 12/9/2013

    " What a gripping story, one must love the writing style of Carlo Collody, if you wish to read a good fairy tale try this book it will get to your heart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deanna | 12/1/2013

    " This certainly has a good moral to it. Much better than the Disney version. The story doesn't flow well enough for me. Parts of it didn't make sense. I personally didn't care so much for the story line. My kids enjoy it and we've read it several times even though it is pretty long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam Hodgins | 11/28/2013

    " good stuff, dark and weird like fairy tales should be. unlike the disney version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 11/26/2013

    " I picked up a copy of this at the library without looking at the different versions. The version I got is a terrible translation, or else a terrible abridgment, or something. This version was actually published in Belgium, and then translated to English from that, I guess? Important things are left out. Events happen with no explanation, and then we're abruptly thrown into another, seemingly unrelated event. It's not the story I remember at all. :-( But here's a dilemma. the kids like it. They want me to read it to them every night at bedtime. I was thinking I would switch to another version, but this one is way shorter. And I'm dying to start The Hobbit with them. But is this the memory of the fabulous story that I want to give to them? Or will they remember any of it? Probably not, right? So for now, I guess we'll just power through it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 11/25/2013

    " This book would be a very good read for young children as it has multiple morals that can be passed to them. I read this while running and it wasn't too bad. The only thing that I did not like was that there was far too many different plots occurring. This book reminds me of a hundred short stories slammed together with the same main character. I would have been bored actually reading this, but the multiple stories helped with the running to keep it upbeat . This is not the story that Disney created ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anamarie | 11/21/2013

    " The original is a very sweet book and totally different from the Disney pinnochio we all love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew | 11/21/2013

    " On the whole, this has to be the least satisfying classic I've read over the past couple of months. I genuinely disliked nearly every character in the book, with special emphasis on Pinocchio. I was rooting for the fireplace rather than the real boy angle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige | 11/19/2013

    " in third grade my teacher gave me this book and I read it so many times it fell apart. I would often hide under my bed after getting beaten and read the lines about how you may get yelled at but eventually voices crack. Much of the sarcastic nature of the book was lost on me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ai | 11/18/2013

    " Pinocchio is a little shit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 11/9/2013

    " This is my third time reading this book. It is a rare gem that many overlook because of the Disney movie. I highly recommend it to all. It has a lot more in it than the movie covers. It is very symbolic and even terrifying at times...really good stuff...one of my favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cristi | 11/8/2013

    " carte care trebue citita la vremea ei "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 11/8/2013

    " Read it when i was a kid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika RS | 11/8/2013

    " Like with most tales that Disney adapts for movies, the book had only a passing resemblance to the story. In common fairy tale tradition, it was entertainingly violent (Pinocchio bites off an enemy's hand at one point.) An entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belinda | 11/7/2013

    " I thought it was quite an interesting children's book. Rather different from the Walt Disney version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 11/7/2013

    " I still very very much like this story. When I was a kid, I had whale nightmares, but those memories are not 'alive' anymore, which I can't really say about Alice in the Wonderland or that constant Charlie Chaplin on the swing, eating spaghetti. Where did I come up with that? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Huskey | 11/3/2013

    " I read the ebook version from the library. This story was so cute and so well written. It reminded me of my childhood when I'd watch the movie and listen to my little record of the soundtrack. It has such a good moral lesson too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cora | 10/29/2013

    " I listened to the dramatized audio version of this book. It was kind of short.I like it all the same,all the cast did a great job to do the justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd Miles | 10/27/2013

    " This was a fun book to read to my young children. The book moved quickly and was at times a bit preachy, but that's OK. It created a lot of teachable moments where we could discuss the morality of Pinocchio as he made various decisions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 10/20/2013

    " Written as a long fable and to talk about how young boys make mistakes and the good, moral decisions they should make. An enjoyable read because of the early edition and ink pictures in my copy, but not something I'd necessarily recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 10/17/2013

    " After reading this book, one wonders how Disney ever got the idea to make a children's movie out of it. But then again, Disney has never been very particular about staying true to an author's text. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andreia | 10/15/2013

    " Finished this today. It was nice to revisit a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin Hall | 9/28/2013

    " Very cool. I learned a lot. Politically interesting, yet fantastic (in a literary sense). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 9/26/2013

    " this is a very nice book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissy | 9/25/2013

    " Another reason to be disappointed with Disney. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacie | 9/10/2013

    " read to my son, I loved it it is a classic he did not understand it yet, only 15 mn "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/8/2013

    " Maybe the randomest book ever. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 9/7/2013

    " Disney leaves a lot of information out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myra | 8/27/2013

    " Well... I started this book with my 5 year old and choose to finish it later. She didn't really get into it as much as the Disney version, ofcourse. I enjoyed reading more about Pinocchio though... who is a very bad little boy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C. Tilden | 8/22/2013

    " Disney has nothing on Collodi. my favorite story of all time so far. a classic morality tale. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Frank | 8/12/2013

    " My my. Such a naughty boy.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elan | 8/11/2013

    " I think this book is excellent to read to young children about 7 to 10 years old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenna | 8/6/2013

    " I avnt read the book before! ... BUT I'VE SEEN THE MOVIE BEFORE!!!!!!!LOL! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 7/27/2013

    " Read aloud with the 4 year old. I feel the language was a bit too flowery in this version for a 4 year old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Roberts | 7/14/2013

    " Another forgotten gem! The original is so little like the Disney movie. Collodi's book is hilarious, biting, and poignant. Annika read it aloud to me. Don't skip this one!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Solski | 7/3/2013

    " A classic from 1883, with interesting illustrations and a fine twist that the Disney version only skimmed. Pinocchio sure was a brat though! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jayden monson | 5/29/2013

    " i can't remember vary much because we read this in second grade "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivian Clarke | 4/23/2013

    " It has a twist to the Pinocchio we all know. It still has the same point lying is not good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad Gibbons | 4/7/2013

    " If you've ever felt there was a sinister undertone to the Disney movie, you were right: This book is it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frightful_elk | 4/6/2013

    " The Bedtime story to end all bedtime stories! Pinnochio is laugh out loud funny and just made to be read out loud. A series of fantastic adventures and dyed in the wool naughtiness and cheekiness...If you have any children to read to... you must read this to them! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 3/24/2013

    " I really enjoyed this unique story. I was only familiar with the Disney version, which is very different from the original story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elan | 3/17/2013

    " I think this book is excellent to read to young children about 7 to 10 years old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Latia | 3/16/2013

    " Pinocchio was a very interesting and quick read that lets children know the importance of listening and not straying off the good path. School is very vital and import and to never end up being like the wooden boy who never learned. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Frank | 3/9/2013

    " My my. Such a naughty boy.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brette | 3/5/2013

    " It was kinda creepy. And I'm not really sure about some of the morals of the story. Mostly it just gave me the heeby jeebies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Summer | 3/4/2013

    " Read this several times, in Italian, trying to improve my Italian. It is much different from the Disnified version. Pinocchio squashes the cricket against a wall by chapter three or four. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deanna | 2/18/2013

    " This certainly has a good moral to it. Much better than the Disney version. The story doesn't flow well enough for me. Parts of it didn't make sense. I personally didn't care so much for the story line. My kids enjoy it and we've read it several times even though it is pretty long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriel | 2/12/2013

    " Mommy read this to me out loud during her pregnancy. She says it's an Italian story (I am half Italian!) and it's much better than the Disney version. I watched the Disney movie and like that one too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/4/2013

    " A fun version of the story, but I was most impressed by the artwork of Sara Fanelli. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tomaso Rall | 2/2/2013

    " A wonderful book and a great book with which to learn Italian. C'era una volta... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandre | 1/30/2013

    " One of the most disturbing books I have ever read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Glass | 12/23/2012

    " I hate this book! I always thougt it was creepy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 12/16/2012

    " The story of Pinocchio was always a bit too depressing for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mιss •kαthєяίиє• Τhε Emεrαℓd Pяίиcεss® | 12/3/2012

    " I'm not a big fan of Pinocchio but my little brother was, so I guess I had to watch every show with him and the only thing I have to say is: aghhh!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie | 10/20/2012

    " It is very good, but i've just started. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chaotician | 10/17/2012

    " Another written-for-children book, but Collodi(unwittingly, i believe) makes a great analogy of how sin works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 10/8/2012

    " Translation by Geoffrey Brock, forward by Umberto Eco "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Latia | 9/24/2012

    " Pinocchio was a very interesting and quick read that lets children know the importance of listening and not straying off the good path. School is very vital and import and to never end up being like the wooden boy who never learned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toya | 9/24/2012

    " Awwww what a classic story of a wooden boy who just wants to be accepted I love reading this story as a kid and it never gets old even now! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrinka | 9/2/2012

    " I never really know how to rate children's books, unless they're mindblowing. Although I've never seen the Disneyfied version of this story, my guess is that the original outshines the American animated version; Pinocchio seems less cloying in the former. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amit | 3/26/2012

    " Ok book. Hated Pinocchio though! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew | 3/26/2012

    " On the whole, this has to be the least satisfying classic I've read over the past couple of months. I genuinely disliked nearly every character in the book, with special emphasis on Pinocchio. I was rooting for the fireplace rather than the real boy angle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krystal | 3/24/2012

    " If I could I would give this 3.5 stars. It was a good read for young kids and has a lot of things to learn. Great story but I would like to try a different version "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chaotician | 3/23/2012

    " Another written-for-children book, but Collodi(unwittingly, i believe) makes a great analogy of how sin works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Aramu | 3/1/2012

    " I have read it in Italian. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arwen56 | 1/29/2012

    " Non tra le mie favole preferite da piccola. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 12/5/2011

    " One of the best children's stories. Essential reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellie | 11/10/2011

    " Rare, but I think disney did a better job with developing the character. Some of the say it was written lacked continuity and believability but still glad I read the original. fun theme and idea. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin Munroe | 10/13/2011

    " This is not the Disney version I was expecting. It's a translation and written a loong time ago so the reading was slow going. Interesting though, just to see the roots of the Disney version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Martindale | 10/7/2011

    " Wow, Carlo Collodi sure had an imagination! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 10/1/2011

    " What a bratty whiner. I might be glad to have read it. But right now I'm just disappointed that Pinocchio was such a whiner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lurinda Smith | 9/12/2011

    " Reading the originals of our Disney favorites can show us a depth of character that watercolor and light only hinted at. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew | 8/22/2011

    " On the whole, this has to be the least satisfying classic I've read over the past couple of months. I genuinely disliked nearly every character in the book, with special emphasis on Pinocchio. I was rooting for the fireplace rather than the real boy angle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 8/19/2011

    " Wonderful story for children with clear presentation of evil characters, consequences of evil actions, and the encouragement to strive for virtue. I had no idea how much more rich the development of Pinocchio's character was compared with the Disney movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 6/26/2011

    " Disney really edited this.... a cross between the gingerbread man (pinocchio) and the giving tree (geppetto)



    as near as I can tell, this version is not a retelling. compared with Rand McNally & Company 1939. skimmed the text and it appears the same :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 6/20/2011

    " Not the edition we had when I was a child(50's) but close enough. I don't know
    that I'd recognize the cover even if it was in the lookup list. Some of my first book/look/reading experience. Date read is just approximate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toya | 6/12/2011

    " Awwww what a classic story of a wooden boy who just wants to be accepted I love reading this story as a kid and it never gets old even now! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deviant | 5/30/2011

    " full of lessons, humor and adventure "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 5/26/2011

    " Interesting to read the original Pinnochio story but I got bored after 50 pages. Perhaps it was because I already knew what was going to happen, but I lost interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/19/2011

    " I was pleasantly surprised by this classic piece of children's literature. It opens up a lot of dialogue with children about moral issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 5/16/2011

    " I had never read the real story and was surprised by how different it is than the Walt Disney version. In the book it takes Pinocchio much longer to become a good boy and he is also blatantly naughty in the book as opposed to being deceived into being naughty in the movie. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Frank | 5/14/2011

    " My my. Such a naughty boy.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew | 5/10/2011

    " On the whole, this has to be the least satisfying classic I've read over the past couple of months. I genuinely disliked nearly every character in the book, with special emphasis on Pinocchio. I was rooting for the fireplace rather than the real boy angle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 5/8/2011

    " This is now one of my FAVORITE childrens books! This book teaches so much about life, has symbolism, and moves quickly. Everyone would run to hear this when it was time to read! "

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About the Author
Author Carlo Collodi

Carlo Collodi (1826–1890) was the pen name of Carlo Lorenzini, an Italian journalist born in Florence. Collodi’s life and writings were dedicated to the Italian liberation movement to free the country from Austrian domination and establish a national identity. In 1875, Collodi put aside his political struggles and turned to a new interest, writing for children.

About the Narrator

Rebecca Burns is a published narrator of children’s books and books for young adult. Her published credits include Pollyanna, The Jungle Book, The Wizard of Oz, and numerous other classic titles.