1. "You’ll grow up to be a real jackass"

    Pinocchio was initially serialized and, once upon a time, concluded with Pinocchio’s violent death before Collodi, at the request of his publisher, then extended the story and had the Beautiful Girl with the Sky-Blue Hair (whom Disney made the ‘Blue Fairy’) save him. If you have never read his tale and are expecting Disney’s version, you’ll be in for a shock. Instead, you can expect—as but one example of its bloodshed—cricketcide: When Pinocchio meets the Talking Cricket in chapter four and tells him he doesn’t want to study in school, the cricket tells him he’ll ‘grow up to be a real jackass’ and the source of everyone’s derision, later calling him a ‘blockhead.’ Then, Pinocchio jumps up in a rage and smashes the Talking Cricket with a wooden mallet. ‘With his last breath the poor Cricket cried cree-cree-cree and then died on the spot, stuck to the wall.’

    Jiminy who?

    —Fulvio Testa’s illustrated version of Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio, recommended in Kirkus Reviews by Julie Danielson as a “Gift for the Fairy Tale Lover in Your Life.”

  2. Old Stories, New Illustrations

    Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Italian fable, Pinocchio, gains buoyancy from the cartoon figures and candy hues of Fulvio Testa’s ink-and-watercolor illustrations. This large, elegant volume about the wooden puppet that becomes a real boy recounts Pinocchio’s vertiginous, morally complex adventures with artistic good cheer that softens the sharper, scarier bits. The toothy mouth of the shark that swallows Pinocchio and his father, Geppetto, for instance, looks more like the entrance to an amusement park ride than a terrifying maw.

    —a review of Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio, illustrated by Fulvio Testa and translated by Geoffrey Brock in The Wall Street Journal's “Gift Guide 2012: Children’s Books.” Here’s Brock’s translation of the scene: “With renewed strength and energy, he began swimming toward the white rock, and he was already halfway there when he saw, rising out of the water and coming towards him, the terrifying head of a sea monster, its mouth gaping like a hugh cavern, and three rows of fangs that would have been scary even just in a picture.”

  3. To give you a taste, a selection of Fulvio Testa’s illustrations for Pinocchio, translated by Geoffrey Brock.