James and the giant peach: a children's story

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Knopf, 1961 - Juvenile Fiction - 118 pages
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Wonderful adventures abound after James escapes from his fearful aunts by rolling away inside a giant peach.

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User 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

User Review  - trish304 - Overstock.com

I bought this book for my 10 year old daughter. Dahl is her favorite author. She read the book in two days couldnt put it down. Great adventure reading for a kid during summer. Highly recommend. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
4
Section 2
10
Section 3
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About the author (1961)

Roald (pronounced "Roo-aal") was born in Llandaff, South Wales. He had a relatively uneventful childhood and was educated at Repton School. During World War II he served as a fighter pilot and for a time was stationed in Washington, D.C.. Prompted by an interviewer, he turned an account of one of his war experiences into a short story that was accepted by the Saturday Evening Post, which were eventually collected in Over to You (1946). Dahl's stories are often described as horror tales or fantasies, but neither description does them justice. He has the ability to treat the horrible and ghastly with a light touch, sometimes even with a humorous one. His tales never become merely shocking or gruesome. His purpose is not to shock but to entertain, and much of the entertainment comes from the unusual twists in his plots, rather than from grizzly details. Dahl has also become famous as a writer of children's stories. In some circles, these works have cased great controversy. Critics have charged that Dahl's work is anti-Semitic and degrades women. Nevertheless, his work continues to be read: Charlie and Chocolate Factory (1964) was made into a successful movie, and his books of rhymes for children continue to be very popular.

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