The engaging title accurately describes this extensively researched and accessible book. Laura Tosi (with contributions by Peter Hunt: the short story in the Appendix, “gendered books” in chapter 2, and “the Blue Fairy” in chapter 4) explores the many intersections between the journeys undertaken by Alice and Pinocchio, both the characters and the books. The “parallel worlds” include primarily the texts themselves: Carlo Collodi's Le avventure di Pinocchio (1883) and Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871) (mostly taken as a unit), but also the lives of their authors, which evince uncanny similarities (37–45), the political, social, and economic landscapes of Italy and Britain in the late nineteenth century (46–58), the generic traditions that each text often subverts or stretches to new limits (61–142), and the fruitful afterlives of the two texts in the form of creative works that they inspired (145–66). Tosi concludes her...

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