Jim Dine began as one of the first-generation Pop artists in the 1960s, and went on to become widely admired in the 1970s for his prodigious drawing and printmaking activities. For the last several years he has developed and worked with a particular fascination for Carlo Collodi's popular tale of a wooden boy who becomes real, and who has served as a sort of muse for Dine, the inspiration for numerous drawings, photographs, paintings, artist's books and sculptures. "When I was six years old my mother took me to see the Disney Pinocchio film," Dine remembers: "it has haunted my heart forever! Geppetto and the author, Carlo Collodi, gave the boy the chance to come to consciousness and therefore join us in this Vale of Tears. His poor burned feet, his misguided judgment, his constant lying, his temporary donkey ears... It all adds up to make the sum of him." This volume, Steidl's third volume to stem from Dine's Pinocchio series, features works that exploit and improvise on the allegory, satire and wit of this classic tale.