Bought at Lost and Found Market, Collingwood, Melbourne for $10 (see short review below at end of blog)
The illustrations, as with many vintage books, are beautiful.
The story is a little different in parts to the Disney version (by the way, I love the Disney version too - I think Walt Disney was fantastic). For instance, there is a section in which the 'assassins' hang Pinocchio on the oak tree and another part where a man wants to make a drum out of Pinocchio's skin! Perhaps unsurprisingly, these were not included in Disney's version.
But the thing that really stands out is the beautiful language used in the book eg: from Chapter 1:
"Once upon a time where was . . . "A King!" my small readers will exclaim. No, children, you are mistaken. Once upon a time where was a piece of wood.
It was not the best wood, but just a common piece, such as we use in stoves and fireplaces to kindle a fire and warm our rooms in winter".
I am a university teacher and I just wish that my students could write like this (seriously!).
I would recommend this book to you all - adults and children (I am reading it myself, just to savour the language). Really very beautiful.
I am an avid book reader, so keep your eye out for future book reviews and suggestions! I would love to hear yours too.
PS I bought this book in the great vintage store in Melbourne, Lost and Found Market (12 Smith St Collingwood VIC 3066 - (03) 9419 4477 - see photo of the market at http://www.flickr.com/photos/hellodaniel/3186597384/). The Lost and Found market is, in my opinion, not so great for quality vintage, but is great for cheaper 60's and 70's stuff. The prices are generally quite reasonable and the selection is HUGE. You will need at least one hour to see everything, perhaps two.