The Patua Pinocchio

Carlo Collodi, illus. by Swarna Chitrakar. Tara (PGW, dist.), $18.95 (188p) ISBN 978-93-83145-12-6
Bengali scroll painter Chitrakar reimagines The Adventures of Pinocchio using traditional Indian folk art iconography. Thickly painted figures in bright bold colors appear in panels throughout the story; Geppetto is pictured as a serene, mustachioed figure with long, inky hair and mustard-colored skin, while Pinocchio, whose nose resembles a small elephant trunk, is the color of cinnamon and wears a sarong and ornate jewelry. Chitrakar embraces the story’s many fantastical elements in her stylized work. For example, she depicts the Talking Cricket, who returns as a ghost after Pinocchio kills it with a hammer, as a golden dragonlike creature with fishlike scales and teeth. A visually striking cultural remix of a classic piece of children’s literature. Ages 12–up. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/16/2015
Release date: 05/01/2015
Genre: Children's
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