James And The Giant Peach

James And The Giant Peach

Paperback | April 1, 1996

byRoald DahlIllustratorLane Smith

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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

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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...

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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 o...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.75 × 5.12 × 0.38 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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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.

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"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.