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Carter, Scott William.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012
IL 3-6, RL 6.4
ISBN 1442427515

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

What do you think of when I say wooden boy?  Do you think of the story of Pinocchio?  He was a wooden puppet who became a real boy.  In this book, Pino also has the gift of turning wood into real life.  You see, it wasn't Geppetto's gift, it was Pinocchio who made the life possible.  Now, you might think this is a cool thing to do.  But it doesn't turn out that way.  Everyone wants help bringing their loved ones back to life.  On the run, the two are in for many adventures along the way.

Booktalk #2

What happens after Pinniochio and Gepetto's Happily Ever After isn't so happy. They try to live a quiet, private life on the edge of town, just a man and his now real living boy. But Pinocchio, called Pino, thinking he is doing something wonderful for Gepetto and himself, creates a life size wooden puppet woman that looks exactly like Gepetto's long dead wife, and brings her to life. She's no replacement, she's a zombie of a person, but the townspeople get wind of it, and insist that if Gepetto gets to have a real boy and a wooden wife, they should get to have loved ones brought back from the dead, too. But the woman isn't really alive, not like Pinocchio, and when Gepetto refuses the townspeople, the townspeople run Gepetto and Pinicchio out of town as a desperate, angry mob, forcing them to flee from fire and wolves. Injured and exhausted, they climb into the trees, where Pinniochio makes a horrible discovery (and brings trees to life to walk them away from the danger). Yes, he can make wooden things come alive, but when he does so, a little bit of him turns back to wood each time. Pino and Gepetto find themselves on the run as the people they meet seek to use and abuse Pinocchio's powers. This book is nice and scary, a dark and creepy nonstop start to finish adventure.  (Booktalk written by Sara Zoe Patterson-GSF Committee/ New Franklin School)

SUBJECTS:     Pinocchio (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
                        Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
                        Puppets -- Fiction.
                        Wood carving -- Fiction.
                        Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        Magic -- Fiction.

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