From Editorial Calleja, after Carlo Collodi, illustrated by Bartolozzi
Eerie Art Deco sequel to Pinocchio in Spanish, in which the animated puppet uses a balloon to visit the Mars and gets caught in a conflict between the Martians and Saturians.
PINOCHO EN EL PLANETA MARTE
Part of a series of vividly illustrated short books for children by Editorial Calleja, a major Spanish publishing company founded by Saturnino Calleja in 1876. Editorial Calleja was known for making cheap editions of classics opened up reading opportunities for lower class children, as well as creating bright, fun productions (like this one) as a way to entertain while educating. Pinocchio was an especially popular character for the publisher, boasting his own series of adventures in places like China, on the moon, and here on Mars. Illustrator Bartolozzi was "possibly one of the most prominent Spanish puppeteers of the 1930s, most noted for his very innovative work with children's literature" (World Encyclopedia of Puppetry Arts).
Read more: Arrizabalaga, "Más cuento que Calleja," ABC Historia.
Madrid: Saturnino Calleja, . 11'' x 8''. Original stapled color printed wrappers. Illustrated in color throughout. Text in Spanish.  pages. Leaves toned, with a bit of fingersoil and a faint line of dampstain at lower corner of front wrapper.
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