James And The Giant Peach by Roald DahlJames And The Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

James And The Giant Peach

byRoald DahlIllustratorLane Smith

Paperback | April 1, 1996

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From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG

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
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 ...
Title:James And The Giant PeachFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.63 × 5 × 0.36 inPublished:April 1, 1996Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140374248

ISBN - 13:9780140374247

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I loved it as much as the kids - great book!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! So much wit and charm, this book is truly a magical read.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best! I can still remember reading this as a child to this day. This brings back so many memories and I highly recommend for children today!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical A book I first read for school, It has become one of my favorites.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! I loved reading this book as a child as a read aloud in elementary school. I cannot wait to read this story to my daughter. Timeless.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Magical and transformative... as are all Roald Dahl books
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I read this with my students and they loved it! A great silly story for children of all ages.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok This book was ok but definitely not Dahl's best.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very imaginative I loved this story so much. It was very imaginative and an all-around fun read!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful A wonderfully imaginative book, very entertaining for kids
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from great A Fun and whimsical book, very imaginative
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of Fun.... This was a favourite of mine when I was a child. I loved the idea that James could escape his horrible reality and go on such a wonderful adventure (in a giant peach no less). I would definitely recommend this book for kids of all ages.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic One of Roald Dahl's best books
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the money! A classic book for a great price,
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood favourite! Really great kid's book. I remember loving it so much when I was a kid that I read it again right after I finished it! Nothing less than what you would expect from a Roald Dahl book!
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love I don't remember reading this book, though I think I have, but I really love the movie
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from classic A wonderful imaginative tale perfect for early readers. It's a classic that any child will enjoy.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unusual Journey Roald Dahl was my childhood FAVOURITE author. Witty, and interesting. These books are great for any child with a sense of humour and intrigue for the unknown.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I absolutely love this book. So well done. Great for kids
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful book a child and his insect friends subsist on peaches and sing songs while crossing the ocean to america. I love it.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator) I knew I liked this book as a kid but I couldn't remember the details of the story. The thing that stayed in my mind all these years was the feeling of claustrophobia when James makes his way inside the peach and finds all the giant, friendly creepy-crawlies inside the peach pit. As a kid you always place yourself within the story, and I remember thinking how I'd hate to be in that enclosed space with all those critters and no windows. Reading it again as an adult, my strongest impressions are of just how much FUN this whole adventure is. Roald Dahl manages the perfect blend of whimsical, frightful, exciting, and tender elements. I think that's why his books can be every bit as appealing to adults as they are to children. I'd be laughing one minute at Centipede's songs about Aunts Sponge and Spiker, and grossing out a few minutes later when Centipede tells Earthworm that the Cloud-Men will eat him: "They would cut you up like a salami and eat you in thin slices." There's just so much to delight the reader in this first of Roald Dahl's books for children. There are the Cloud-Men who make the weather, the quirky and fractious creatures who share James's journey, the rainbow paint (LOVE the purple rainbow paint on the Centipede!), and of course the strange little man with the bristly black whiskers who gets the whole thing rolling with the "little green things."
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! A classic for a reason - a great story for children!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Children's Book! The story is fun, and this is a great book to read aloud to children!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good read This book has such a captivating plot with beautifully created characters. I loved every single page. I would recommend it to anyone who loves Roald Dahl or to anyone who loves reading.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Another classic kid's book by Dahl.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Dahl I always wonder how Dahl's young characters survive the awful people with whom they are forced by birth or circumstance to live. James is an orphan left in the care of his horrible spinster aunts but everything changes the day he meets a funny little man with some magic green crystals. I think perhaps the whole novel is a disassociation fantasy brought on by trauma. But children will not see it that way. For a child, this is a clever and imaginative adventure story, the story of a young boy finding life-long friends and gaining a true sense of independence. Best read aloud with many funny voices!
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! Such a fun read! A must-have for a child's bookshelf!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written Incredibly well written, and such great drawings, one of those books where Quentin Blake's art is just as important and you need a physical copy to truly enjoy it and appreciate it.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun The ending was satisfying for me. My imagination soared as I read this book. I really enjoyed it!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! Amazing book and has a powerful message.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from James and the Giant Peach What a fun story! Loved it!
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good To be honest, I always loved the premise of this novel more than the actual novel itself. I always had a hard time getting into the story as a child and it never captivated me as much as some his other works - even though I wanted to like it just as much. It is still a classic children's novel and I think everyone should give it a go.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Another great story from Roald Dahl. Highly recommend it. #plumreview
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another favorite This is another favorite by this author. I can't wait to share it with my child in the near future.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This book was my favorite as a child! So wonderful just like the rest of his books!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! Childhood favorite...can't wait to read it to my daughter!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A childhood favourite! Roald Dahl’s stories have been a part of most of our lives since we were small children that were still learning to read. Roald Dahl had one of the best imaginations of our time, creating stories that will be passed on throughout generations for a very long time. The story of James and the Giant Peach was first introduced to me by the 1996 film adaptation of the same name. I was only 5 when this film was released, but I feel as though I may have been a bit older when I first watched it. I became a huge fan of everything Tim Burton beginning at a pretty young age, but I only recently discovered that the film was produced by him, which may explain why I loved it so much. I always knew that the story of James and the Giant Peach was based on a children’s novel, but I never had the opportunity to read it until recently. The book was just as magical as the film and I really do wish I could have read it at a younger age because I think it would have quickly become one of my favourites. The writing style is very whimsical and fun and surprisingly dark at some moments. You know when you re-watch a television show or a film that you loved as a kid, but only now understand some of the darker humour that went over your head when you were younger? This book definitely throws in a bit of under the radar humour for the adults that are reading this story to their children. I think that approach is fantastic because when these children grow up and start reading this story to their children, they will start to realize things that they may have missed. James and the Giant Peach revolves around the main character, James Henry Trotter who has become an orphan after his parents passed away, in a rather dark and strange situation, who now has to live with his two awful aunts. James is a smart young boy who becomes very lonely and is in desperate need of some sort of interaction. Through some magical occurrences, James befriends a fun cast of insect characters as they go on an exciting journey together. My favourite of the insects by far is Centipede. He is a self-proclaimed pest who doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut, but you can guarantee that once he opens it you will be entertained by his sass and comedy. We also meet Miss Spider, who has some sad stories to tell that will make you reconsider killing spiders, and who is also very helpful with getting the gang out of sticky situations. Old-Green-Grasshopper is the voice of reason within the group and also happens to be a great musician. Earthworm is a very gloomy character who is only happy when there is nothing to be happy about. I found that Ladybug wasn’t given much to say even though she was right there with everyone during the duration of the story. There are a few more characters (Silkworm and Glowworm) that I wish had a bigger role in the story so that we could learn more about them. Altogether, these insects and James make up a group of characters unlike any you have ever read about before. James and the Giant Peach is a fantastic children’s story that everyone, young or old, should definitely be reading. There isn’t much out there that can compare to the magical mind of Roald Dahl and his creative stories and characters. James and the Giant Peach will definitely become my stepping stone towards the world of Roald Dahl and I cannot wait to read more!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Very good. It's a fantastic story.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from James and the giant peach If you are a fan of the movie like I am, you might not like the book at first because so many things are different. Overall the story is very good with some clever characters and an easy to follow story. A good read for any child that likes Ronald Dahl and his imaginative world he creates
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.

Editorial Reviews

"This newly-illustrated edition of an avowed children's favorite has all the makings of a classic match-up: Milne had Shepard, Carroll had Tenniel, and now Dahl has Smith...author and illustrator were made for each other, and it's of little consequence that it took almost 35 years for them to meet" --Kirkus.