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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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Tags:Fiction, Childrens

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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (1961)


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This is sucha a great book for so many reasons. This book is beuatifully written using poetic verses such as, "And this thing, which as I say was only rather paculiar... soon caused a second thing to happen that was very peculiar...which caused a really fantastically peculiar thing to come." Not only is this book beutifully written, but the story has great meaning. In the story, a young boy named James lives with his two "Selfish, lazy, and cruel" aunts, due to the fact that his parents were eaten by rhinoceros at the beginning of the story. Not only does James live with his horrible aunts, but he also longs for friendship. This book shows that even in the worst of times, good things can happen. The good thing that happened to James is that he was given a bag of green, rice-looking, seeds that were magical. After those seeds, James turned into a more empowered young man, and he met some amazing, supportive, and peculiar friends, like Ladybug, Miss Spider, and others. This story is perfect for children who don't like to read, because every page you are fully entertained and engaged in the story. Roald Dahl know exactly how to write for children, and I recommend every child read this book! ( )
  aedwar14 | Mar 15, 2017 |
I read this as a kid, or had it read to me, and all these years later I remember the scene where James crawls into the peach for the first time. I can still remember how I thought the peach would taste. There's a fairy-tale quality to the whole thing with some amazing flights of imagination. A little light on the story, I can see as an adult, but one can't have everything, can one. ( )
  Lukerik | Feb 24, 2017 |
A good story about a young boy who leads his new set of friends through dangers and adventure and safely leads them to New York City where everything turns out just right. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I do like this book, but it has many big topics that students might not be ready to talk about so I would use this for older kids. I like that this book is creative and imaginative, and also shows diversity. ( )
  Oliviacap | Nov 22, 2016 |
This book is a classic. It is very inspiring and shows a lot of adventure throughout the book. The illustrations in the book are very creative and colorful. ( )
  farrarsmith | Nov 15, 2016 |
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Roald Dahlprimary authorall editionscalculated
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
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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