Reviews by J-girl: Pinocchio

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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!

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