This quintessentially Indian version of a much-loved children’s classic features art from the Patua scroll tradition of West Bengal, India. Carlo Collodi’s original Italian text centres on a marionette who escapes his wooden fate and has many adventures, including a stint at sea in the stomach of a shark. This Indian version is abridged from Carol Della Chiesa’s well-known English translation, and illustrated by award-winning scroll painting artist Swarna Chitrakar.
Author & Illustrator
Born Carlo Lorenzini, this 19th century Italian children’s author was best-known by his pen name Carlo Collodi, under which he wrote the world-famous title The Adventures of Pinocchio. It was originally published on a weekly basis in the children’s newspaper Il Giornale per i Bambini. Carlo passed away before Pinocchio became well-known outside of Italy.
Hailing from West Bengal in India, Swarna was trained in the traditional Patua form of folk art by her father and uncle. Despite marrying into a family that disapproved of women painting, Swarna – with support from her husband – went on to become an extremely successful artist.
Age Group: 12+