March 27th, 2007


100 Books in 2007!

Not even the end of March, and I’ve already read 100 books this year! W00t! My actual “goal” is to read 150 (which I should be able to complete with no problem), but this seems like a big enough milestone to warrant an entry. I should note that my 100 books includes children’s books that I’ve read with my son, but even so, a good chunk of the books I’ve read this year are “real” books – either adult books, or children’s “chapter books” (in other words, something that it took me more than one sitting to read).

My 100th book? “Pinocchio” by Carlo Collodi, a book I somehow never read when I was a child. To see all the books I’ve read so far in 2007, go here:

Books read in 2007

Reading to Dragon

"Pinocchio," by Carlo Collodi

It's our turn to host the homeschool book club this week, and "Pinocchio" is the book my son and I chose, since it's a classic, but neither of us had ever read it. I bought a copy of this book a few years ago, when I was traveling in Florence (where the book takes place); I thought it would be a good souvenier. (My edition is in English, even though I bought it in Italy).

For me (and for most Americans, certainly), Disney's version is the one I grew up with. What a surprise to read this book and discover that the two stories share only a few similarities. There is a film version which does a better job of sticking to the original story - the fairly recent film by Roberto Benigni (unfortunately, that film is pretty awful, IMO). Since the Disney film is such a part of my childhood, most of this review has taken the form of a comparison between the film and the book. (I didn't intend for this to happen, but that's the way it came out as I was writing it).

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