I am so excited to be part of an Event celebrating the publication of Pinocchio by MinaLima in the UK!!
If you have glanced at the classic and fairy tale sections of your local bookstore you may have seen the gorgeous previous editions by the MinaLima team including The Secret Garden, The Little Mermaid, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and more.
These luxurious and elegant hardbacks are beautiful explorations of the tale through the Graphics genius of Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima the duo behind the graphics style of the Harry Potter Franchise.
MinaLima and the Harper design team have taken the challenge in collectible classics from highly decorative cloth bound editions and upped the game considerably by the attention paid to the interior.
For their seventh book the Italian classic The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi was chosen. Whilst many will only be familiar with the ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ Disney version, this is a faithful unabridged text giving opportunity to explore the similarities and differences- and indeed with older children discuss the reasoning especially why Disney Animation chose to make Pinocchio much kinder than in the original text where his developing humanity from nothing is the narrative arc of the original.
But even if you have a heartfelt resonance with ‘Little Wooden Head’, Jiminy Cricket, Figaro & Cleo and the rest like my own brother deeply has, this book can take that love for the story deeper and is an absolute FEAST for the senses, imagination and heart in its tale of a puppet brought to life who struggles and tries to earn the right to be a real boy as he navigates the dangers of the real world including temptation, crooks, charlatans and of fantasy with sea monsters.
Pinocchio is an absolutely phenomenal piece of art, engineering and design with its bold graphics evocative of historical woodcut and yet with both a naturalistic palette almost as if the inks were hand blended Renaissance style from bugs, but shells, gems and flora. This juxtaposed against influences from modern style make this a stunning book and the interior illustrations are just sublime. But the pinnacle of joy is in the interactive elements.
There is no way one cannot be delighted by turning a page and uncovering a fully articulated card Pinocchio that you can dress in the included card clothing, or another turn to reveal a pop up finger puppet theatre with the players ready for you to play with or sliding and fold out elements including Gepetto and Pinocchio trapped inside the belly of a sea beastie.
I can now fully and humbly appreciate Littlefae’s enduring love for interactive board books after the sweet joy of playing with this book myself. The MinaLima team have truly captured the delight of that stage of childhood where fingers trace routes, pull tabs, lift flaps and wiggle and turn elements, Magic is so very real and fairy tales are the language of the imagination.
However, Pinocchio and the other editions are not books to give a young child willy nilly. Oh no, these are art and whilst I am of the opinion that books should be enjoyed this really should be with the supervision of a parent, ultimately these are books to be cherished.
They are a tad more expensive than your average novel but the production quality and design make these potential heirlooms. This The Adventures of Pinocchio would be a book for gifting on special occasions, a friend up who adored the story as a child and maybe has a big birthday coming up, this is ideal, a meaningful gift on a milestone, or if you are like me, gift to a child on special occasions (christening/naming ceremony etc) or each year to put in a special box or on a high bookshelf until they are old enough to thank you for preserving them!!
Basically, the Harper Design Mina Lima edition of Pinocchio is absolutely amazing, a treat for the senses and has persuaded me that some more from the the collection must come to live with us!!!!
Thank you so much to Harper Design, Antonia Wilkinson and the MinaLima team for letting me celebrate this fantastic book!!!! Please make sure you check out all the other exciting celebrations today including lots of extra content!
Oh but that’s not all because I have a copy of the book and some stationery from Mina Lima’s collection to giveaway to one lucky winner!!
The competition will be running concurrently here and on Twitter, so non Twitterers can join in too and you can enter for double the chance if you have a Twitter profile. Please comment below or on my pinned tweet on Twitter with which children’s classic or fairy tale that you would love to see next get the MinaLima treatment. Entries will be accepted until Midnight Wednesday 20th May (BST)
This competition has ended.
The winner as selected by https://wheelofnames.com is Rachael from the comments. Congratulations!!!
Images are PR images showing examples from the current collection and do not necessarily represent the items of the prize. Sorry, UK only, no prize alternatives.
Due to Covid-19 the book and the stationery will be sent out separately from source so there may be some delay and may not arrive together. (Though from what I’ve seen 100% worth the wait and I’m quite jealous of the winner for this amazing stationery!)
The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collidi Illustrated by MinaLima is published by Harper Design.
Thank you for my copy 💜