The perfect gift for younger children, Pinocchio as you’ve never seen him before: telling his own story through Michael Morpurgo, master storyteller and award-winning author of WAR HORSE.
“Everyone knows Pinocchio is a puppet. I reckon I must be just about the most famous puppet the world has ever known. But the truth is that I’m more than just bits of wood and string. I’m me. So I thought it was about time that I, Pinocchio, told you my story…”
So begins this stunningly beautiful interpretation of the classic story, now abridged for reading together with younger children. Michael Morpurgo channels Pinocchio’s words to tell the famous puppet’s story in his own inimitable, cheeky and always funny way.
Lavishly illustrated throughout in full colour by the acclaimed Emma Chichester Clark, this is a must-have gift for all book lovers, and an utterly charming and surprising picture-book adaptation of a much-loved tale.
About the author
Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children, and has sold more than 35 million books around the world. He has written more than 150 novels and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Whitbread Award and the Blue Peter Book Award, while several of his books have been adapted for stage and screen, including the global theatrical phenomenon War Horse. Michael was Children’s Laureate from 2003 to 2005, and founded the charity Farms for City Children with his wife, Clare. He was knighted in 2018 for services to literature and charity.Emma Chichester Clark studied art at the Royal College of Art. She has worked as a freelancer for magazines, publishers and advertising agencies as well as teaching art for several years, but now dedicates most of her time to children’s books. She won the Mother Goose Award for Best Newcomer and has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal.
- PRAISE FOR PINOCCHIO:
- “This classic puppet story has tended to be a little, well, wooden in the telling, but Morpurgo has made it dance.” The Times
- “A charming read, even for those who think they already know the story of Pinocchio inside out.” Evening Echo
- “A beautiful reworking of the classic story.” EDP Weekend
- PRAISE FOR MICHAEL MORPURGO:
- “As ever, Morpurgo’s warmth and humanity suffuse a story of courage, love and hope.” Amanda Craig, The Times
- “Passionate and touching” Julia Eccleshare
- “Morpurgo is a virtuoso at conjuring vibrant stories that draw on historical events.” The Observer Review
- “Champagne quality over a wide range of subjects.” The Telegraph