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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
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James and the Giant Peach (1961)

by Roald Dahl

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Paperback. Pub the Date: 2008 Jun Pages: 144 in Publisher: Scholastic It's history with the nasty bits left in.! Want to know: Why llamas wore earrings and drank beer How a the bucket of stewed pee can the make you beautiful Why servants ate the emperor's hair Discover all the foul facts about the Incredible Incas - all the gore and more!
  JESGalway | Feb 7, 2019 |
It's a cute book. Being Dahl, it's quirky and at times a little nasty in a funny way. It hasn't aged too well, however, not necessarily it's own fault but it's a book that not everyone might be pleased with in the current world.

(Iffy content spoilers)
The two aunts are crushed to death by the peach, and while not actually visualized it is a definite death. It is made light of later with a funny song from one character, and as horrible people they deserved it, but it's something that might not with well with all children. The book also has a scene where New York is panicking under the believe of a super huge bomb send from another country. It's absurd, but it also might be a topic that is sensitive post 9/11.

If those concerns aren't a problem, then it's an easy read about a friendless and abused boy's fantastical voyage away from his miserable home to a new one where he can be happy. It is, in a phrase, the American dream. ( )
  WeeTurtle | Feb 2, 2019 |
James has sad life and is abused by the aunts he must live with. Then he has an adventure in a giant peach (which also deals with the nasty aunts) in this whimsical fantasy. ( )
  BrannonSG | Jan 29, 2019 |
I read this very carefully and I don't believe a word of it. ( )
  Novak | Oct 30, 2018 |
I am on the fence with Roald Dahl books: they are imaginative and have creative humor, but I feel they lack empathy and are often mean. They have mean characters, but what’s most disturbing is that the supposedly good characters are often extremely mean to them in return.

James and the Giant Peach does display a side of good characters who become friends and go through marvellous adventures, but this is brought down by the mean things they say about the aunties, mocking their appearance, and the bickering between the centipede and the Earthworm. Two and a half stars - I rounded up for creativity. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Roald Dahlprimary authorall editionscalculated
Blake, QuentinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burkert, Nancy EkholmIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Irons, JeremyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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This book is for Olivia and Tessa.
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Until he was four years old, James Henry Trotter had a happy life.
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0140374248, Paperback)

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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