A newly illustrated edition of this classic tale by one of Australia’s greatest children’s book illustrators. Unabridged edition.
The astonishing tale of how the old woodcarver Geppetto made a disobedient puppet boy from an unusual piece of wood, who could talk, dance and turn somersaults, has been a much-loved story since it was first written more than 130 years ago. The Adventures of Pinocchio first appeared in 1881 as a series in a children’s newspaper. Collodi had created a fantastic fairy-tale world, in which anything could happen and where the exuberant young scamp Pinocchio is easily led astray. He ignores the advice of his kindly father and sets off into the world in search of adventure. Along the way he encounters many remarkable characters – including the nefarious Fox and Cat, a wise-talking cricket and a beautiful azure-haired fairy – and lurches from one predicament to another. Happily, by the end of the book, this wilful wooden hero finally learns his lesson and obtains his heart’s desire – becoming a real boy. In this handsome new edition, award-winning illustrator Robert Ingpen has captured the rascally Pinocchio and his extraordinary escapades as never before, breathing new excitement into this enchanting classic.
Carlo Collodi (the pen name of Carlo Lorenzini) was born in Florence, Italy in 1826. His parents were servants and the family was extremely poor, but Carlo was fortunate to have his education paid for by a wealthy aristocrat. He became a successful author and translator, publishing several novels and satirical works as well as popular translations of many traditional fairytales. He died in 1890, unaware of the lasting legacy of his most famous work, The Adventures of Pinocchio.
Robert Ingpen was born in Geelong, Australia. He began studying illustration art and book design over fifty years ago at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and has designed, written and illustrated more than one hundred works of fiction and non-fiction. In 1986, Ingpen received the highest honour in the children’s book world, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, for his contribution to international children's literature. He has also recently been awarded an honorary doctorate from RMIT and granted Membership of the Order of Australia for services to literature. He and his wife Angela live and work in Anglesea near their home town of Geelong. In recent times, he has illustrated editions of classic works such as The Jungle Book, Treasure Island, A Christmas Carol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Around the World in Eighty Days, Just So Stories and the centenary editions of Peter Pan and Wendy, The Wind in the Willows and The Owl and the Pussycat and Other Nonsense Rhymes.
Imprint: Walker Books Australia
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Dimensions: 195 x 235mm, 208pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $39.99
New Zealand RRP: $44.99
Stock Level: In Stock