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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User Review  - lucybrown - LibraryThing

Our 4th grade teacher read this to us. Shortly after that I read it on my own. My mother had ordered it from a book club. The story was disquieting for me. So often Dahl creates characters who are absurdly vicious. They were to vicious to believe in. Read full review

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User Review  - alaina.loescher - LibraryThing

This has always been on of my favorite books. From the first time my mom read this book to me as a child to reading it again as an adult, I always get entranced in the storyline. I love each of the ... Read full review

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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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