Circus Roberlina’s recent post of a Collodi story reminded me of another “Kid’s Book for Grown Folks”- (a kid’s book that grown ups might still enjoy): Pinocchio.
I love this old copy. I originally got it for my daughter, but maybe I was a bit premature.. This story is a bit dark at times and some of the humor was over her head! So for now it sits on my shelf.
This one has some funny illustrations.
“The Adventures of Pinocchio” Grosset & Dunlap, 1965:
Did you know that in the original Pinocchio, Geppetto is swallowed by a dogfish (sea monster) not a whale like in the Disney movie? There is a funny illustration of a gaping shark-like mouth and Geppetto and Pinocchio escaping through it. (That one didn’t come out. :P)
There was a movie a few years back with Roberto Benigni as Pinocchio and his wife Nicoletta Braschi as the Blue Fairy. I believe it got mixed reviews, but I really liked it. I love the joy he brings to everything. Larger than life.