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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
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Rating:*****
Tags:Fiction, Childrens

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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (1961)

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Some cheery in-between reading. To quote the song-happy Centipede,
"I've eaten fresh mudburgers by the greatest cooks there are -
and scrambled dregs and stinkbugs' eggs and hornets stewed in tar,.."
  ThoughtPolice | Apr 27, 2017 |
James and the Giant Peach tells the story of a young boys magical experience when moving in with his two evil aunts after the passing of his parents. He receives magic warms that fall onto the ground and grow a giant peach along with several large insects, with whom he goes on a wonderful journey. I love this book for many reasons. The first being that it is written so well. Dahl uses whimsical voices and made up expressions which makes the story so hilarious. I also like the illustrations. The pictures help you to see what Dahl sees in his mind, which makes the story an engaging experience. Though they are simple sketches, they are still imaginative and creative. Lastly, I like how Dahl uses a family hardship that some students may experience and turns it into a happy ending. He is not afraid to talk about family issues which makes him relatable to kids and adults alike. ( )
  mdaly6 | Apr 11, 2017 |
James and the Giant peach is a chapter book that is considered to be on the fourth grade level. It's a fantasy story about a little boy names James who is stuck living with his horrible aunts after his parents are eaten by a rhinoceros. James is abused, beaten and tucked away from the outside world to include other children. Magical seeds given to him by a strange man send him on a crazy adventure where he is given friends that are human sized garden animals living inside a peach pit. Together they work through obstacles that land him no longer in the care of his aunts and to a happy life living in a park.
The themes of this book include perseverance and friendship. I did like this book for several reasons. The chapters were short and sweet but also used larger vocabulary. I found this to make it a good book in a classroom setting where a teacher could discuss new terms, character traits, and sequence of events pretty easily. It's also a great story for building imagination and hypothesizing what may happen next.
One suggestions before reading this book is making sure you have the appropriate audience. There are parts of the story that are a bit intense for students in the younger grades. ( )
  AshleyBarron | Apr 3, 2017 |
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 |
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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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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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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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