James and the Giant Peach
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lauramaki - LibraryThing
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
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.