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JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH

by Roald Dahl

Puffin Books | April 1, 1996 | Trade Paperback

JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 5.
A little magic can take you a long way...

Roald Dahl was a champion of the underdog and all things little—in this case, an orphaned boy oppressed by two nasty, self-centered aunts. How James escapes his miserable life with the horrible aunts and becomes a hero is a Dahlicious fantasy of the highest order. You will never forget resourceful little James and his new family of magically overgrown insects—a ladybug, a spider, a grasshopper, a glowworm, a silkworm, and the chronic complainer, a centipede with a hundred gorgeous shoes. Their adventures aboard a luscious peach as large as a house take them across the Atlantic Ocean, through waters infested with peach-eating sharks and skies inhabited by malevolent Cloudmen, to a ticker-tape parade in New York City.

This happily ever after contemporary fairy tale is a twentieth-century classic that every child deserves to know. And Lane Smith''s endearingly funny illustrations are a perfect match for the text.

"All the gruesome imagery of old-fashioned fairy tales and a good measure of their breathtaking delight." —Kirkus Reviews

"A stunning book, to be cherished for its story, a superb fantasy." —The Chicago Tribune


"The most original fantasy that has been published in a long time...[it] may well become a classic." —San Francisco Chronicle

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 126 pages, 7.76 × 5 × 0.39 in

Published: April 1, 1996

Publisher: Puffin Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140374248

ISBN - 13: 9780140374247

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

– More About This Product –

JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH

by Roald Dahl

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 126 pages, 7.76 × 5 × 0.39 in

Published: April 1, 1996

Publisher: Puffin Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140374248

ISBN - 13: 9780140374247

From the Publisher

A little magic can take you a long way...

Roald Dahl was a champion of the underdog and all things little—in this case, an orphaned boy oppressed by two nasty, self-centered aunts. How James escapes his miserable life with the horrible aunts and becomes a hero is a Dahlicious fantasy of the highest order. You will never forget resourceful little James and his new family of magically overgrown insects—a ladybug, a spider, a grasshopper, a glowworm, a silkworm, and the chronic complainer, a centipede with a hundred gorgeous shoes. Their adventures aboard a luscious peach as large as a house take them across the Atlantic Ocean, through waters infested with peach-eating sharks and skies inhabited by malevolent Cloudmen, to a ticker-tape parade in New York City.

This happily ever after contemporary fairy tale is a twentieth-century classic that every child deserves to know. And Lane Smith''s endearingly funny illustrations are a perfect match for the text.

"All the gruesome imagery of old-fashioned fairy tales and a good measure of their breathtaking delight." —Kirkus Reviews

"A stunning book, to be cherished for its story, a superb fantasy." —The Chicago Tribune


"The most original fantasy that has been published in a long time...[it] may well become a classic." —San Francisco Chronicle

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

From Our Editors

Poor James. He has to live with his two evil aunts because his parents died in a freak rhinoceros accident. It's a sad and lonely time for the little boy and he often dreams of escape. His release finally comes when a strange old man gives him a bag of crystals that promise to turn his life around. Excited, James accidentally dumps the entire bag on the withered peach tree and everything begins to change. Suddenly, James finds himself on the adventure of a lifetime in an oversized peach with Grasshopper, Centipede, Earthworm and many others. James and the Giant Peach is one of those classic children's books by Roald Dahl that kids and adults both enjoy.

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12