Pinocchio retold by Kate McMullan
Fairy tale. Cartoon Classics Series. ©2014. 144p. b/w illustrations. Share with ages 6-10.
THIS REVIEW IS OF AN ADVANCE READER’S COPY. FINAL ILLUSTRATIONS NOT SEEN.
**Review / conversation by J-girl, age 7 **
- J-girl: [closing book with great fanfare] “I’m done! It was really good!”
- My boy H: “J, what was the book about?”
- J: “Pinocchio…and Geppetto…and some other stuff. Like a blue fairy.”
- Me: “What ‘stuff’?”
- J: [long pause] “At first, he (Pinocchio) was just a piece of wood. Then he got carved. Then he got into some bad stuff. At the end, he worked for a farmer running the donkey wheel and weaving baskets.
- Me: “Did he become a real boy?”
- J: “He became a boy when he worked so hard.
- Me: “What did you like?”
- J: “I liked it because he got to be a boy at the end and his purse was full of money. I liked when Pinocchio cracked open a lil’ chick egg because it wasn’t an egg he could eat – it was a real, live chick.”
- Me: “What did you think of the illustrations?”
- J: “The pictures were good because I could see how everything should look.”
I just love that J-girl stays true to herself in this review by immediately mentioning the fairy in this version of Pinocchio!