Pinocchio was another story at the top of my list of creepy stories to read. As a grown up reading this story, I think that it’s filled with great fantasy. The chapters are quick and Collodi’s vocabulary and syntax make it easy to turn the page.
Poor Geppetto. He really has his hands full. Pinocchio is a big ol’ mess. He’s rambunctious, manipulative, stubborn, & selfish. But what pre-school aged child isn’t? (I’m not 100% sure how old Pinocchio really is, I picture him being 3 years old based on his behaviors). He just goes from one trouble to the next which causes him to be away from home. And Geppetto has no idea where his little boy could be.
I work with children that have behaviors and sometimes their tantrums are actually funny. Pinocchio to me is a story about what it’s like to go through your terrible 2’s and always be in trouble. Everyone told Pinocchio to behave but he was so stubborn he had to learn the hard way. So to me, some parts were kind of funny.
Ok. There are some crazy scenes, if you read it from a child’s point of view, which by the way I don’t recommend reading this to a child. Like the time Pinocchio smashes the cricket with a hammer. But he comes back later on. (Doesn’t seem to be a problem with Kenny). Pinocchio also gets hung in a tree. But if you really think about it, Pinocchio can’t die from being hung, he’s made of wood! These are supposed to be life lessons.
In the Disney movie, Pinocchio has 4 adventures: he meets Stromboli, he runs into Honest John and Gideon, he goes to Pleasure Island, and he finds Monstro. In the book, Pinocchio gets into a lot of trouble. A lot. Those 4 scenes are in the story but there are many, many more.
My favorite part was when Pinocchio met the blue fairy. That scene reminded me of Coraline.
I imagined Pinocchio was gone for about 2 years, I didn’t really count how long each of his adventures were. But let’s say he’s now 5 and it seems like he finally learned his lesson. He evens out and becomes a real boy just in time for kindergarten!!
This book is kind of creepy, but it’s also fun! I really liked it. No, I loved it!! I would totally recommend it to adults. Keep an open mind and remember… It’s pretend!!!
My next book is The Once and Future King by T.H. White. It’s about the Wart. Can you guess which Disney story that is?