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James and the giant peach
Roald Dahl
Children's Fiction DAHL

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Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
James Henry Trotter is an very unfortunate orphan. When his parents are gobbled up by an escaped rhinoceros, James is sent to live with (and slave for) Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge. He chops wood and serves tea to his hideous aunts until he’s seven years old; then, à la Jack and the Bean Stalk, a mysterious old man gives the boy a bag of tiny green-glowing crystals and promises that if James mixes them up and drinks them down, he will be rewarded with magic and adventures galore. But poor James has no luck—in his excitement he trips and spills his magic crystals under the old peach tree in the yard. The result is an amazing large peach that grows overnight. The Aunts make a bundle showing off their giant peach (and making James clean up after the crowds who pay to see it). One night James, miserable as ever, finds a strange tunnel dug into the peach. In he crawls to meet a crew of magically enormous insects—grinning Centipede, dapper Grasshopper, motherly Ladybug, and all the rest. They welcome the boy with open arms, snip the stem of the peach, and James finally gets the fantastic adventure he was promised. Author Roald Dahl’s trademark sense of humor is in finest form in James and the Giant Peach—sometimes dark, sometimes whimsical, and always fabulously fun. The illustrations are part of the story’s charm; the first edition in 1961 featured elegant pen-and-ink drawings by Nancy Burkert. Quentin Blake’s energetic style is practically synonymous with the works of Roald Dahl and artist Lane Smith re-illustrated the book in a freshly quirky style for the 1996 release of an animated film version.
posted Aug 17, 2010 at 11:36AM
Avatar for becomethecatalyst becomethecatalyst said:
Creative and fascinating with a great beginning, middle & end!
posted Apr 7, 2011 at 11:22PM
Ashley said:
I like it because it is funny. They have fun adventures. The animals think James is smart.
posted Jun 20, 2011 at 10:44AM
Ashley said:
I like it because it is funny. They have fun adventures. The animals think James is smart.
posted Jun 20, 2011 at 10:44AM
Christina L said:
All the made up things were really cool.
posted Jun 18, 2013 at 9:27AM
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