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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach (1961)

by Roald Dahl

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James Henry Trotter is an orphan sent to live with his ghastly aunts in the south of England after his parents are killed by an enormous rhinoceros. Feeling sad and lonely, James makes the acquaintance of a strange old man who offers him some magic crocodile tongues, which James promptly spills at the foot of the old peach tree in his aunts' garden. When after a few days an enormous peach starts to grow, James makes his escape in it while meeting some of the peach's inhabitants, and together they live through several adventures until they land in New York.

Normally I love Roald Dahl's work, but his usual inventiveness (with yuk-factor) and acerbic wit are only found in the first third of the book, after which the storyline becomes somewhat repetitive and the humour and rhymes merely limp along. While I was feeling less than engaged with the plot, I think my son didn't feel quite as strongly as I did, but he kept comparing it to the film adaptation, which I believe he enjoys more than the book. Quentin Blake's illustrations are a treat though, as always. ( )
  passion4reading | Jun 26, 2015 |
A young boy who loves to travel the world. The only problem is that he is traveling with a bunch of animals but they are his friends. They help through a tough time that he is going through not having his parents. ( )
  iamryancorcoran | Jun 9, 2015 |
This is a story about a boy named James. He lived with his aunts who mistreated him and they lived out in the middle of nowhere so James was very lonely.And on one particular morning when he was working outside int he garden, he began to cry. But since he cried he got in trouble so he began to run and suddenly out of nowhere, a strange old man came out of nowhere. He gave James some small seeds and told him to drink them in water and not to drop them and if he did as he was told, he would become strong and powerful. So James began to run inside to get some water when he tripped and fell and the seeds scattered everywhere. And they went into the roots of a peach tree and suddenly the peach tree gave of a peach and it began to grow and grow. And soon people far and wide were coming to see the huge peach. At night when James went outside to pick things up, he found some oversized bugs who were sitting inside the peach and when morning came, the peach began to roll down the hill that James lived on. That is how James and his new bug friends went on a long and fun journey.
I liked this book because this book was so fun and exiting that it was hard to put the book down. I also liked this book because I really like Roald Dahl books and I am trying to read them all. ( )
  EmmaS91 | May 25, 2015 |
A young boy who loves to travel the world. The only problem is that he is traveling with a bunch of animals but they are his friends. They help through a tough time that he is going through not having his parents.
  margaritamunoz14 | Apr 29, 2015 |
I found this book to be very interesting. In the book Blake provided simple illirattions that added to the text. One interesting aspect of the book that I have not seen while reading children chapter books was that the chapters started and ended on the same page. I can not recall reading a book that did not have a page break for the chapters. Another aspect of this story that Dahl wrote was the use of italics in the story. For example, on page 9 the sentence reads "it was at this point that the first thing of all, the (italic) rather particular thing that led to so many other (italics) much more peculiar things, happened to him. I think the italics added emphasis to the story and reading the story. Dahl uses a partial and specific word choice and descriptive languageTto help paint a picture in your head. For example, on page 49 “Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker lay ironed out upon the grass as flat and thin and lifeless as a couple of paper dolls cut out of a picture book.” As stated before, there is a picture of page 48 that paints the scene and gives the reader an understanding. As James begins his journey in the peach the sense of adventure and thrill continue as the chapters continue. In his adventures in the peach, James meets new friends a grasshopper, a spider, a ladybug, a centipede and an earthworm. One downside to this book was the language of “ass” I’m not sure how students will take it, depending on the age and classroom maturity. All in all, I think this book can be appealing to children because of all the hardship that James endured such as death of parents, living with unhappy relatives, abuse but still having a sense of direction and a path in life and having to work hard to be happy. James started with no friends and by the end of the book, he had so many friends. I really enjoyed how Dahl ended the book on page 146, with putting the readers into action and taking the book from a long time ago to present time. ( )
  jspare2 | Apr 2, 2015 |
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Berkert, Nancy EkholmIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blake, QuentinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Until he was four years old, James Henry Trotter had a happy life.
And sometimes, if you were very lucky, you would find the Old-Green-Grasshopper in there as well, resting peacefully in a chair before the fire, or perhaps it would be the Ladybug who had dropped in for a cup of tea and gossip, or the Centipede to show off a new batch of particularly elegant boots that he had just acquired.
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James escapes his aunts
on board a giant peach with
huge, friendly insects.

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When poor James Henry Trotter loses his parents in a horrible rhinoceros accident, he is forced to live with his two wicked aunts, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. After three years he becomes "the saddest and loneliest boy you could find." Then one day, a wizened old man in a dark-green suit gives James a bag of magic crystals that promise to reverse his misery forever. When James accidentally spills the crystals on his aunts' withered peach tree, he sets the adventure in motion. From the old tree a single peach grows, and grows, and grows some more, until finally James climbs inside the giant fruit and rolls away from his despicable aunts to a whole new life. James befriends an assortment of hilarious characters, including Grasshopper, Earthworm, Miss Spider, and Centipede--each with his or her own song to sing. Roald Dahl's rich imagery and amusing characters ensure that parents will not tire of reading this classic aloud, which they will no doubt be called to do over and over again! With the addition of witty black and white pencil drawings by Lane Smith (of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs fame), upon which the animation for the Disney movie was based, this classic, now in paperback, is bursting with renewed vigor. We'll just come right out and say it: James and the Giant Peach is one of the finest children's books ever written. (Ages 9 to 12)

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A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach.

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