Pinocchio (Cartoon Classics) (Hardcover)
When a woodcutter discovers a piece of wood that speaks, he is quick to sell it to a poor puppet-maker named Gepetto. And Pinocchio, the walking, talking, lying puppet comes to life!
Pinocchio's adventures take him to the Field of Miracles, where a blind Cat and limping Fox trick him into giving up his money. He accidentally kills a Cricket and is later visited by its helpful ghost. He is cared for by the Blue Fairy and tricked into going to Toyland with his rambunctious schoolmates. And in the end, when his father has been swallowed by a giant shark, Pinocchio finally realizes how his ungrateful ways have hurt the person who most cared for him. As he tries to save Gepetto, he learns that being kind is the best way to repay kindness.
Kate McMullan's Pinocchio is the first book in an exciting new graphic chapter book series—Cartoon Classics—that features beloved stories for the contemporary visual reader.
About the Author
Pascal Lemaître is the illustrator of several books for children, including Do Not Open This Book! and New York Times bestseller Who's Got Game? His wife is the dancer-choreographer Emmanuele Phuon. They live with their daughter, Maelle, in Brussels, Belgiums where Pascal is a professor at the National School of Visual Arts of La Cambre. You can visit him at pascallemaitre.com.
Kate McMullan has written more than 100 books for children. Yes, that’s 100! These books include School! Adventures at the Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School, I Stink! and I’m Dirty! She has said that when she writes, she thinks back to her grade-school days—“the yucky lunches” and “the torture of gym class for the non-athletic.” But she can’t remember a time when her bus got stuck in a ditch or if she ever had a cat named Moose. She does remember that she always loved to read, and as soon as she could, she read her way through the children’s shelves at her local library. When she grew up, she taught fourth grade in inner-city Los Angeles and on an American Air Force Base in Germany. Reading to her students, she started to wonder if she could write for kids. More than 100 books later, it appears she can! McMullan lives in Sag Harbor with her husband and collaborator, the illustrator Jim McMullan.
“McMullan stays true to the original story while making the text simple enough for young readers to enjoy. Fans of abridged classics, fantasy, and adventure will enjoy reading this newest version of this timeless classic.” —School Library Journal
“The classic tale of the wooden boy who wants to become real gets a 21st-century update . . . A sharp, ultimately appealing corrective to Disney's better-known confection.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The two-color spot cartoons and sequential panels… are full of energy, and Lemaitre gamely tackles the story's grimmer moments, balancing them with comic triumphs.” —Publishers Weekly