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James And The Giant Peach

by Roald Dahl
Illustrator Quentin Blake

Puffin | August 21, 2007 | Trade Paperback

James And The Giant Peach is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 5.
A little magic can take you a long way.

After James Henry Trotter''s parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life there is no fun, until James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree and strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it''s as big as a house. Inside, James meets a bunch of oversized friends—Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, and more. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the great adventure begins!

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 7.74 × 5.1 × 0.44 in

Published: August 21, 2007

Publisher: Puffin

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142410365

ISBN - 13: 9780142410363

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! A very interesting book which makes you want to read more this author writes many other books such as charlie and the chocolate factory. Great book over all.
Date published: 2009-02-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lots of Fun but Get the One with Original Illustrations James is an orphan and is sent to live with his two awful aunts. James is terribly lonely. One day a strange man gives him some magic elements in a little sack but as James goes to mix his magical concoction he trips and spills it all under the dead peach tree. The tree grows a giant peach and James climbs inside. There he and the insectoid residents set off in the peach for a wonderful journey. This is your typical Dahl with the most hilariously mean and nasty adults and exaggerated humour. For this umpteenth re-read I don't really find it as funny as I used to but the 7yo loved it, though he did make me skip over the songs. He's looking forward to watching the movie this week too. As a read-aloud you simply can't go wrong with anything by Dahl. This edition is illustrated by Lane Smith and I hated the illustrations. I really can't stand it when original illustrations are replaced and "updated", to me it is the same as a classic being 'adapted'. I'll be looking for a replacement copy with the wonderful illustrations by Nancy Ekholm Burkert.
Date published: 2008-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best children book this is my favourite children book in my childhood. but is a well written book and clasic that will last the ages for many others and hopefully for my children too.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from James and the Giant Peach James takes young readers on a fantastical journey through water, air, and land. James' miserable, overworked life is suddenly changed by the magic of a mysterious man with a sack of strange critters. When James drops his bag of magic, weird and wonderful things begin to happen in his own backyard. A giant peach grows enormously right before everyone's very eyes! It isn't long before a shrunken James finds himself traveling with insects that teach him more about friendship than James had ever experienced. They showed James his self-worth and taught him to believe in himself while sharing a wonderful expedition to a far-off land on a very unique mode of transportation - the peach itself! Roald Dahl does not fail to entertain children while providing tidbits of information to answer questions such as: Do centipedes really have 100 legs? Do the number of spots on a ladybug indicate its life-span? How does a spider spin its web? How does a shark's nose get in its way? Why and how do grasshoppers make music? This is a novel that will not only enthrall and entertain young readers, but it will educate them as well!
Date published: 2000-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! This is my favorite book...after I read this wonderful book, I was thinking about how fun would that be if it was true! I finished this book in a day. Its humorious and also part of fantasy.
Date published: 2000-02-08

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James And The Giant Peach

by Roald Dahl
Illustrator Quentin Blake

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 7.74 × 5.1 × 0.44 in

Published: August 21, 2007

Publisher: Puffin

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142410365

ISBN - 13: 9780142410363

About the Book

When James drops magic crystals by the peach tree, the toy peach starts growing. Before long, its as big as a house and contains a secret entranceway.

From the Publisher

A little magic can take you a long way.

After James Henry Trotter''s parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life there is no fun, until James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree and strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it''s as big as a house. Inside, James meets a bunch of oversized friends—Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, and more. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the great adventure begins!

About the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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