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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach (original 1961; edition 1961)

by Roald Dahl, Nancy Ekholm Burkert (Illustrator)

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Title:James and the Giant Peach
Authors:Roald Dahl
Other authors:Nancy Ekholm Burkert (Illustrator)
Info:Alfred A. Knopf (1961), Edition: First Edition / Second Issue, Unknown Binding
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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (1961)

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First thing that interested me like all the other chapter books, is that this book is again another adventure story. Second thing that interested me about this story is that each character is unique in their traits as well as their voice. Overall this story filled with humor and energy should have readers engulfed in the story.
  MrChowder20 | May 3, 2016 |
James and the Giant Peach is a great book because of its fun and interesting plot as well as its language. The plot of this chapter book is very organized. The structure of events and the pace of the book keeps readers interested. The language in the book is also very descriptive and clear. The reader is able to go on the magical adventure with James as they are reading. The message of this modern fantasy is to keep your head up in tough times. ( )
  KatherineNelson | May 3, 2016 |
A beautifully written, fantastic fantasy book.What an adventure from James and the Giant Peach! I read this book in grade school and choose it again because it is a cute and fun tale; you couldn't help but root for James who just wanted some friends and happiness in his life. The author uses pen and pencil to create this black and white book that takes you away on a magical journey. I could read this book over and over and still discover new and exciting things I missed before. ( )
  Shannon_373 | Apr 21, 2016 |
James and the Giant Peach is a story about a boy who lives with two old women. He discovers a peach growing and suddenly the peach becomes enormous. He becomes friends with the bugs that he had previously saved. He and his bug friends sail across the ocean and over come many obstetrical. They reach New York and find a new place to call home.

I enjoyed reading this story as a child. I also enjoyed watching the movie. I think this poetry is considered timeless. I think the story has a good moral to it about doing things for the good of all men and working as a team.

Classroom Extension 1: I would ask the students to journal a made up story. I would have them pick three animals or insects they would bring with them. I would also have them decide on a food they want to make larger than life. The would have the freedom to make the story about anything.

Classroom Extension 2: I would have the students use imagery to create a super food. They could make any kind of food that they wanted larger than life. The would need to describe what they are feeling, hearing, tasting, seeing, smelling, and the process of how they will make this large food. I would them ask them to create a picture of their food. ( )
  AngieOliviaDodd | Apr 17, 2016 |
I liked the book James and the Giant Peach. The characters, illustrations and plot all contribute this book and its uniqueness. In the book almost all of the characters are bugs. All characters have amazing rich imagery that brings creatures without human characteristics to life. Right alongside these amazing character descriptions are small illustrations. While James and the Giant Peach is a chapter book, there are small illustrations found that help the reader imagine the characters and what is happening in the book as the author saw it. The plot is also extremely creative. In the book magic crystals make a peach grow and animals come to life bring adventure into the life of a little boy. This book is about beginning new life, and making friends in unique places.
  may_tay_kay | Apr 11, 2016 |
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Roald Dahlprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berkert, Nancy EkholmIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blake, QuentinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Irons, JeremyNarratorsecondary 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
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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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