Ok, let’s entertain the idea that August is Pinnocchio, then. When Jiminy Cricket came to our world, he returned to his original form, (i.e. human). If Pinnocchio’s original form was a puppet, he would be a puppet in this world (assuming it’s not Rumplestiltskin who turned him into a human, which I doubt, because did anything really go on? So no one argue about Gepatto’s parents!). So I believe he wasn’t a puppet at the beginning.