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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach (original 1961; edition 2007)

by Roald Dahl (Author), Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

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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.
Title:James and the Giant Peach
Authors:Roald Dahl (Author)
Other authors:Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
Info:Viking Books for Young Readers (2007), Edition: Reprint, 151 pages
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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (1961)

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Young James was orphaned at four years-old and sent to live with his horrendous aunts, Sponge and Spiker, who force him to work non-stop around their hilltop house. One day a weird man appears and hands James a bag of magic stuff, telling him that if he dissolves the stuff in water and drinks it, his life will become happy. Too excited and being chased by an aunt, James drops the magic stuff next to the old peach tree that has never produced fruit, but the magic stuff fixes that. The peach tree produces an immense peach, big enough for James to crawl inside and meet the variety of insects who also benefited from the magic stuff, and they were waiting for put-upon James to arrive before using the peach for their great adventure. I am currently reading it to my kindergarten students and our middle school is putting on a performance of the musical. ( )
  kiverson13 | Feb 23, 2023 |
I remember reading this while sitting in the local library as a child, I have no idea what year or who read it to me perhaps it was my mom. it was an illustrated book and I remember loving it then. in rereading it I find it charming but I was unable to recapture the magic from the first time. ( )
  thunderstarsz | Feb 17, 2023 |
20 copies
  PBEBOOKS | Jan 20, 2023 |
Independent reading grades 1-5
1982 Wins Federation of Children’s Book Groups Award (for The BFG) and Massachusetts Children’s Award (for James and the Giant Peach ). 1983 Wins New York Times Outstanding Books Award, Federation of Children’s Book Groups Award, and Whitbread Award (all for The Witches ).
  Paola.angeli | Dec 5, 2022 |
Independent Read: Grades 4th - 5th
Awards: Massachusetts Children's Award ( )
  LizS13 | Dec 5, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Roald Dahlprimary authorall editionscalculated
Blake, QuentinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burkert, Nancy EkholmIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Clark, Emma ChichesterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Irons, JeremyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rhind-Tutt, JulianNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, LaneIllustratorsecondary 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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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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James escapes his aunts
on board a giant peach with
huge, friendly insects.

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