Pinocchio’s Dream by An Leysen
Published by Clavis Publishing
As we all know, Pinocchio is a special puppet made by a lonely man named Gepetto. Pinocchio, after a steep learning curve finally becomes a real boy. Firstly, he needs to do what he is told, work hard and stay on the straight and narrow. When he fails to tell the truth his wooden nose grows.
It is not my favourite tale but it is enchantingly rendered here.
The first thing I noticed is the beauty of the book.
It is a work of great aesthetics and sensitivity.
This children’s picture book has exquisite illustrations. It is sumptuous in its use of mixed media with delicate drawings, paintings and sweeping backgrounds.
But it is also scary!
The drawings loom out at you and I would be reluctant to show it to a toddler/early kinder child, the text is lengthy and it would suit a more experienced reader and mature kid. The blind cat and the crippled fox are quite evil looking. The coachman and puppeteer’s large nasty faces jump out at us. Scary.
Thank goodness for the beautiful Blue Fairy.
And thank goodness for the fact it was all a dream and Pinocchio turns out to be a dear little human boy who wakes up to his Mum and Dad in a cosy kitchen, who look exactly like the Blue Fairy and Daddy Gepetto.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author/Illustrator: An Leysen
Title: Pinocchio’s Dream
Publisher: Clavis Publishing
Published: April 2015