Cactus Gallery LA
A GREAT TRUTH by artist Joe Alvarez
Acrylic on wood, 8 1/2” × 19 3/4”
The Talking Cricket has lived in Pinocchio's creator/father Geppetto's house for over a century. Pinocchio asks him to leave, so Cricket says, "I won't leave this place until I've told you a great truth."
Pinocchio's mischief has already landed Geppetto in prison, and Cricket insists that Pinocchio attend school or work, to function properly in the world. They end up disagreeing and Pinocchio throws a mallet at Cricket, killing him!!
Nonetheless, throughout the book, the Cricket reappears to lend a hand.