How Pinocchio Put LA’s Italian American Museum On the Map

Apr 13, 2023 2232

Since it was first published 140 years ago, The Adventures of Pinocchio has become an international best-seller, captivating generations of children and adults the world over. The whimsical story of a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy has been translated into 260 languages, making it the most translated book besides the Bible and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince (1943).

Written by Italian author Carlo Collodi, it was originally released as a weekly serial called The Story of a Puppet (La storia di un burattino) in a magazine for children. Since 2019, there have been no fewer than four film versions released, including Disney’s avoidable 2022 remake and Guillermo del Toro’s critically lauded adaptation.

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