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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
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Fiction, Childrens

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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (1961)

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I have it on the iPod as well.
  sdjordan1 | Sep 30, 2014 |
The big message behind James and the Giant Peach is that you have to go through great lengths to achieve your goal. I liked this book because of the descriptive language. For example, the way he describes his aunt was "fat and pulpy as a jellyfish" which gives you the image of how his aunt looked. Also, I liked the book because of the plot. I thought that it was a bit extravagant but for students reading the book it would seem fun. The plot of the book was for James to get to New York City and he did by going in a giant peach in the ocean and ending up on top of the Empire State building. This book is fun for students and they can also compare it to the movie version as well. ( )
  rjayne2 | Sep 18, 2014 |
It is hard to think of a writer that does not get better--no one would think that The Pickwick Papers was Dickens' best book, certainly not Northanger Abbey for Jane Austen, and it is hard to even remember the first books for a number of other authors. Roald Dahl's first (children's) book is no exception. it is imaginative, memorable and introduces many of the themes and ideas that show up in his later books. But the character development, depth and imagination do not come close to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, the BFG, or many of the other towering classics that followed. ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
A terrible tragedy leaves James at the mercy of his atrocious and cruel aunts until an unexpected encounter with a strange man changes his life dramatically. A bag of magical green crystal like objects are only the beginning of a string of strange and wonderful events. Life would take him on an adventure he never could have imagined nor will likely ever forget.

Re-reading Roald Dahl's books as an adult has given me a completely new appreciation for his brilliance. It takes a special kind of magic to able to write a book for children that can be equally enjoyed by people of all ages. Looking back I realized now that as a child I missed a lot of the dark humour that Dahl uses his storytelling, but now I can experience with complete admiration and enjoyment. A five star read the first time around and I suspect every time after that as well. Love. Love. Love. ( )
  jolerie | May 30, 2014 |
Author: Ronald Dahl
Title: James and the Giant Peach
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher: Puffin
Year: 2007
Pages: 160
Type: Modern Fantasy
Summary: James is forced to live with his two aunts after his parents die. James's aunts are cruel and neglect him, James receives these seeds which he plants. He then has this huge peach that he can fit inside. He goes on adventures inside the peach and meets new friends.

I liked this book, I feel like it gave hope to the little boy, since he was having such a hard time. I think younger kids will enjoy this book because of their imagination since their is such a large peach.
  emfro20 | May 14, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Roald Dahlprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berkert, Nancy EkholmIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blake, QuentinIllustratorsecondary 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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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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