I read the real PINOCCHIO by Carlo Collodi so you won't have to. You're welcome! Mostly I read it for my book group--I knew my funny friend Chris Decker was the reviewer and I wanted to support her. You're welcome, Chris! It's not very much like the Disney movie. For one thing, no one's wearing clothes from Switzerland. DUDE! THESE ARE ITALIANS! Also, Pinocchio takes off his shoe and smashes the talking cricket with it. So long, Jiminy!
Here's what I did like--Pinocchio's ADHD-ness and random-ness. He really is kinda like a little B.O.Y. on that front.
Yesterday I read Gary Paulsen's new book set during the Revolutionary War called WOODS RUNNER. I haven't read a book by Paulsen since I heard him speak a few summers ago--he loves to cultivate a salty old sea dog affect and so it was easy for me to forget that, in truth, he writes quite lyrically. I liked the book--the non-fiction bits more than the fictional pieces, actually.
Now I'm reading EMILY THE STRANGE which is a graphic novel/novel for YA readers. It's all goth-y and hip but kinda fun in a really weird way.