James and the Giant Peach

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Puffin Books, Dec 8, 2000 - Juvenile Fiction - 146 pages
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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"

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This book is about a boy living with his aunts and he receives some green glowing beans. A peach then grows because of these beans and James goes into the peach and meets all kinds of creatures. This ... Read full review

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James and the giant peach is a very good book and I would recommend it aswell as Matilda.Alot of people like it and dislike it.At the start it was a bit sad since James lost his parents,but then he finds a family and lives with the bugs now.At the end of the book where it says "James now lives in the peach and once in a while the grasshopper will come over for some tea,and so would the lady -bug."I thought that it was nice for them to visit him once in a while to give him company.When people made the movie,they cut out parts and they made up some parts to.The people I didn't like were the aunts and the centipede because they are very rude,greedy and selfish.For James and the giant peach.I think it is a good book and so are the characters like the cloud men and the the lady-bug.The lady bug is probably the nicest character in the book and so is James,when the centipede gets crazy the lady-bug takes James by the arm and steps up for him.
Roald Dahl is a very talented writer and I have read many other books but I have loved his books.My favourite part is when his aunts gets sqished.I also liked the mystery and gloom for the book.That is why I like James and the giant peach.

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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 PeachMatildaThe 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

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