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The Adventures of Pinocchio

Carlo Collodi

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The Adventures of Pinocchio is a book by Italian author Carlo Collodi, first published in 1883. It is the story of an impoverished woodcarver named Geppetto who is given a block of wood by his neighbour who had heard the log shout out when he went to carve it. Geppetto, with plans to make a living as a puppeteer, creates a marionette from the talking log and calls him Pinocchio. Right from the beginning, Pinocchio is full of mischief. Among the antics Pinocchio gets up to are skipping school, getting conned out of some money by a cat and a fox (and almost getting killed by them), being saved by a fairy, and being imprisoned in the city of Catchfools. After Geppetto gets swallowed by the Terrible Dogfish, Pinocchio goes to an island called the the Island of Busy Bees. After meeting the fairy later again in the story, she promises him that if he goes to school and does well, he will become a real boy. However, he gets distracted again and ends up being sold to a circus, gets transformed into a donkey, becomes a puppet again, and swims out to sea. There he is reunited with Geppetto who is living inside the Terrible Dogfish. They get help from a tuna and return home. Pinocchio starts working hard and looking after his ailing father, and eventually, what the fairy promised him becomes true.

Originally published under the title The Story of a Puppet in serial form in an Italian children's magazine called Giornale per i bambini, the story has become one of the most famous and beloved children's tales of all time. It has been adapted for film and television many times, and is the world's fourth most translated book.

This book has 104 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1883. This translation by Carol Della Chiesa was first published in 1926.

Production notes: This ebook of The Adventures of Pinocchio was published by Global Grey on the 12th December 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Little Girl with a Doll' by Gyula Benczúr.

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