Three Tales of Human Connection for Fans of Guillermo del Toro’s 'Pinocchio' | Read-Alikes

Like the wooden puppet, protagonists of these middle grade selections seek family bonds, learn to love, and find out what it means to be human.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

PG. In theaters and streaming on Netflix.

This stop-motion reimagining of the classic children’s tale about wooden puppet Pinocchio, who wants to be a real boy, stars white actors Gregory Mann, Ewan McGregor, and Cate Blanchett.



The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. Candlewick. 2006.
Gr 3-6–Cold-hearted porcelain rabbit Edward Tulane falls off a ship into the sea, starting a physical and emotional journey as he learns how to love. Readers looking for a sweeping, heartfelt adventure story may enjoy this moving fantasy talel.

Cog by Greg Van Eekhout. Harper. 2019
Gr 4-6–Brown-skinned android Cog searches for the scientist who designed him in this heartwarming science fiction novel that examines what it means to be human. This is a good fit for readers who enjoy creative, thought-provoking stories.

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. Dutton. 2010.
Gr 4-7–Siblings Hansel and Gretel journey through many of the Grimms’ tales in this complex fantasy that explores family bonds. This novel doesn’t shy away from the dark content of the original stories. Readers looking for books that put a spin on classic tales should try this one.

Abby Johnson is the collection development leader at the Floyd County Library in New Albany, IN.

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