James And The Giant Peach

James And The Giant Peach

Paperback | August 16, 2007

byRoald DahlIllustratorQuentin Blake

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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!

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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 t...

Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter-pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more brilliant stories. He remains the World’s No.1 storyteller. Sir Quentin Blake, the first-ever Children’s Laureate of the United Kingdom, has illustrated nearly 30...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.76 × 5.07 × 0.47 inPublished:August 16, 2007Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142410365

ISBN - 13:9780142410363

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


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!
Date published: 2015-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Very good. It's a fantastic story.
Date published: 2014-05-07
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
Date published: 2014-03-01
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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"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.