Keith Allen - Pinocchio

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Click on the image above to watch a clip of Keith Allen reading an extract from one of his favourite books, Pinocchio, as retold by Katie Daynes.

Pinocchio, retold by Katie Daynes

Once upon a time there was a piece of wood, lying in the corner of carpenter's workshop it looked like any other piece of wood. The carpenter's name was Mr Cherry and he needed a table leg.  "Perfect", he said, catching sight of the wood.

He rested against his worktop and picked up a chisel. As the chisel touched the wood a voice cried out, "Don’t hurt me". Mr Cherry looked up in surprise; he was alone in the room. "Nah, must be imagining things" he thought. But when he tried again tapping the chisel against the wood someone screamed. "Who’s there?" shouted Mr Cherry, there was no answer. "Wood can’t talk, can it?"  He shook the wood and listened carefully. Just then his friend, Chapeto knocked on the door.

"I want to make a puppet" announced Chapeto.

"Good, good for you macaroni hair", called a voice. Chapeto went red in the face and glared at Mr Cherry.

"What did you say?" He shouted.

"I didn’t say a word."

"Well it must have been you", said Chapeto,  "there’s no one else here. Give me some wood and then I might forgive you."

Mr Cherry was happy to get rid of the strange piece of wood. The wood had other ideas and jabbed Chepteo in the tummy.

"How dare you!" Chapeto shouted almost losing his wig. He grabbed at Mr Cherry's arm and Mr Cherry pulled away.

Biff! Went Mr Cherry.

Boff! Went Chepeto knocking off Mr Cherry's wig.

Mr Cherry and Chepeto's wigs both fell onto the floor after that the two men looked so silly that, well they just burst out laughing and then they weren't cross anymore.

"Goodbye my friend", said Chepeto taking a piece of wood.

"Goodbye Chapeto", replied Mr Cherry he closed the door and breathed a huge sigh of relief.

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The classic story of the Pinocchio was originally written by Carlo Collodi in 1883. It’s the story of a carved wooden puppet named Pinocchio who longed to become a real boy. Pinocchio however had a special characteristic, his nose grow longer when he is telling a lie or is worried.  

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