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Carlo Collodi (1826–1890)

Author of Pinocchio

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About the Author

Carlo Collodi was born Carlo Lorenzini in Florence, Italy on November 24, 1826. He joined a seminary as a young man, but Collodi found politics more interesting, as the movement for Italian national unification spread. At the age of 22, he became a journalist to work for the Italian independence show more struggle. In 1848 he founded the satirical journal Il Lampione, which was suppressed in 1849. His next periodical, La Scaramuccia, was more fortunate, and in 1860 he revived Il Lampione again. Collodi also wrote comedies and edited newspapers and reviews. He took the pseudonym Collodi from the name of the town, where his mother was born and where he spent time as a boy. In 1861, when Italy became a united nation, Collodi gave up journalism. After 1870 he settled down as a theatrical censor and magazine editor. He turned to children's fantasy, translating Italian versions of the fairy tales of the French writer Charles Perrault's. Collodi also began to write his own children's stories, including a series about a character named Giannettino. The first chapter of Pinocchio appeared in the Giornale dei bambini in 1881, and became an immediate success. He died in Florence on October 26, 1890. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Carlo Collodi

Pinocchio (1883) — Author — 7,915 copies
Pinocchio (Graphic Novel) (2008) 135 copies
Favourite Tales: Pinocchio (1992) 62 copies
Pinocchio (Easy Readers) (1987) 46 copies
Pipeto, el monito rosado (1901) 40 copies
I racconti delle fate (1976) 27 copies
Opere (1995) 16 copies
The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883) 14 copies
Le avventure di Pinocchio (1974) 11 copies
Pinokkio 8 copies
I ragazzi grandi (1989) 8 copies
The Patua Pinocchio (2014) 7 copies
Giannettino 7 copies
PINÓQUIO 6 copies
Pinocho (2013) 5 copies
Pinocho (Spanish Edition) (2015) 5 copies
Pinocchio (1881) — Author — 2 copies
Pinotxo Pinocchio (1996) 2 copies
Minuzzolo (2015) 2 copies
Storie allegre (2018) 2 copies
Macchiette (2010) 2 copies
Fra Pinocchio (1983) 2 copies
Pinóquio (2015) 2 copies
Pinocho [Pinnochio] (2007) 2 copies
Pinokkio 2 copies
Pinocchio 1 copy
The "Pop-Up" Pinocchio (1932) 1 copy
Pinocho (01) 1 copy
Historias Alegres (2009) 1 copy
Pinocchios äventyr (1976) 1 copy
Pinocchio 1 copy
Pinocchio (1930) 1 copy
Pinokkio (1979) 1 copy
Pinocchio seiklused (2018) 1 copy
Pinocchios Abenteuer. (1983) 1 copy
小木偶 1 copy
Pinokio 1 copy
MIGAJITA. 1 copy
Pinocchio - Tie-in (2020) 1 copy
Pinotxoren abenturak (2011) 1 copy
La gatta bianca (1988) 1 copy
NOVELA GRAF: PINOCHO (2013) 1 copy
Pinocchio. Con DVD (2011) 1 copy
Pinocchio (Disney) (1992) 1 copy
Pinoccio (Fairy Tales) (1998) 1 copy
Gli ultimi fiorentini (2002) 1 copy
Les aventures de Pinocchio (1881) — Author — 1 copy
Pinokio (2003) 1 copy
Pinokkio (1992) 1 copy

Associated Works

Pinocchio [1940 film] (1940) — Original novel — 606 copies
The Golden Treasury of Children's Literature Set (1961) — Contributor — 207 copies
Walt Disney's Pinocchio (1939) 205 copies
The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales (2016) — Contributor — 117 copies
Best in Children's Books 32 (1960) 76 copies
Walt Disney's Pinocchio (1940) 71 copies
The Adventures of Pinocchio [1996 film] (1996) — Original story — 52 copies
Pinocchio Goes to School (1982) — Original Author — 16 copies
Pinocchio and the Great Whale (Adventures of Pinocchio, 4.) (1982) — Original Author — 14 copies
Pinocchio [2022 film] (2022) — Original novel — 5 copies


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Folio Archives 273: Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi 2011 in Folio Society Devotees (June 2022)
Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio, reviewed by jseger9000 in Reviews reviewed (October 2011)


This book was so funny. I think that the Disney Pinocchio was meant to partially sympathize with Pinocchio but the book Pinocchio....he is the absolute worst. I didn't feel a single bit of sympathy for him at all. The scene when he doesn't want to take the medicine is one of the funniest things I've ever read in a book.
Moshepit20 | 139 other reviews | Oct 7, 2023 |
Pinocchio follows the perilous adventures of a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming real. As he journeys from the deceptive "Field of Miracles" to the land where lazy boys turn into donkeys, Pinocchio's unrestrained curiosity, dishonesty, and selfishness put him in constant danger. And all the while his nose keeps growing larger whenever he tells a lie . . .
PlumfieldCH | 139 other reviews | Sep 22, 2023 |
After reading Return to Pleasure Island by Cory Doctorow and not really understanding it, i found out that it was based on Pinocchio.   So having never read Pinocchio i thought i'd give it a go.

And what a disappointment.

I gave up about a third of the way into it, i just couldn't stand another sentence of the tedious idiocy of this puppet who keeps repeating his idiotic episodes.   I really am not sure how this continuous repetition of stupidity is supposed to be entertaining in any way.

Buy hey, your mileage may vary.

I have much better things to read in my too read pile.
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5t4n5 | 139 other reviews | Aug 9, 2023 |
There's nothing subtle about “The Adventures of Pinocchio” by Carlo Collidi. First published as a book in 1883 — installments were printed in an Italian magazine for children previously — the story tells how a disobedient puppet becomes a boy (after first becoming a donkey). Today more people are familiar with film versions or Golden Book versions than the novel itself — and for good reason. The tale is just too heavy-handed for modern audiences of whatever age.

Time and again, Pinocchio promises to obey instructions, go to school, study hard, etc., then becomes distracted. He yields to temptation. Each time he does, disaster strikes. He is cheated. He is taken prisoner. He is nearly eaten. He is swallowed by a fish. He is, as mentioned, turned into a donkey. And of course, when he lies, his nose grows to uncommon lengths.

The book's lessons are made clear and obvious to any reader. The golden rule works best for all. Those who disobey will get in trouble. Liars pay for their sins. Yet one wonders whether Collidi might actually have been teaching just the opposite of the intended lessons. Mischievous little boys might notice:

1. Some kind soul invariably rescues Pinocchio and gives him another chance.

2. Once Pinocchio becomes a good boy, his adventures end.
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hardlyhardy | 139 other reviews | Aug 1, 2023 |



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