James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

A Children's Story

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Roald Dahl's children's classic will be rediscovered with wonder and delight in this handsome gift edition with all-new black-and-white illustrations by Caldecott Honor Book artist Lane Smith (who also designed the characters for the Disney animated film).nbsp;nbsp;How James escapes from his miserable life with two nasty aunts and becomes a hero to his new insect family, including Miss Spider, the Old-Green-Grasshopper, the Centipede (with his 21 pairs of gorgeous boots), is Dahl-icious fantasy at its best.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [1996], c1989
ISBN: 9780679880905
0679880909
Branch Call Number: J FIC Dahl 3558jv 1
Characteristics: 126 p. :,ill
Additional Contributors: Smith, Lane

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James, an orphan, desperately wants to have a friend. Eventually, he makes some very unusual insect friends inside an enchanted giant peach which takes them all on a fantastic adventure all over the world.


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red_beetle_312
Jul 22, 2020

the earthworm is funny and i like the idea of the story.

Gemini__Librarian Jul 21, 2020

If you're a fan of comedy, coming-of-age tales and magical realism, James and the Giant Peach is a Roald Dahl masterpiece you will enjoy. A humble and youthful James is submerged in an English town with overbearing, helicopter aunts who amuse themselves with their sarcasm, wit and taunting. He is ridiculed and bullied psychologically somewhat mercilessly by these two women who appear outwardly and socially to care for him yet treat him with disdain, loathing and as though he is a second-class citizen, as some readers may argue. James is able to be freed from the mental stonewall his aunts have created when he stumbles upon an enormous peach that guides him to his realms of imagination and to an enchanting land where is free, safe and welcomed with open arms; in the same vein escaping the vitriol of his miserable and obnoxious aunts. James and the Giant Peach is an amalgam novel that will have you laughing, crying and wondering in one sitting and perhaps will have you develop an affinity for the brilliant, astute writing characteristic of Roald Dahl, one of the world's most beloved youth and young adult authors. - Review Written by Danielle

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lybahussain
Mar 30, 2020

James and the Giant Peach is a classic that every young child should read. It is about a boy named James who is forced to live with his strict aunts. One day, he finds a peach on a peach tree that never bore fruit before. He was surprised because he had never even seen any leaves on this particular tree, let alone fruits! His aunts made James work extra hard to make the peach grow bigger. One night, he has a strange feeling that pulls him towards the peach tree. A mysterious man appears in the bushes and hands James a bag full of tiny green emeralds. He gives strict instructions to brew the emeralds in steaming hot water and feed them to his strict aunts. The man tells James that if he does this, he will have a great, flourishing life. Then, the man vanished as quickly as he appeared. James briskly turns home, but as he walks, he trips on a tree root and the bag bursts open. The emeralds seep out of the bag and into the soil. The next week, he finds that the peach has grown much, much, much larger, and is now the size of a basketball. It continues growing, until it is the size of a house! Again, he has the same pulling towards the peach. Somehow, James finds a trapdoor and crawls inside. He soon meets four unidentified creatures, who look like different insects. James embarks on a journey with them to save the peach from his cruel aunts and to find himself a safe place to call home. I recommend this book because it is full of adventure and imagination, and is a truly exciting tale.

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CASSIE ERIN KELLEY
Dec 09, 2019

After so many years, I’ve finally come back to Roald Dahl’s books. As much as I love some of his other books, I’d have to say that of those I have read, this one is my favorite. A wild adventure with great characters and a touch of magic is just what I love.

If you pick up this book, you will find a rollicking good time with a little boy named James. After spilling some magic crystals, a giant peach blooms on a tree, and inside it are some enormous insects. Terrifying as they look, they are really the kindest and most interesting of creatures. After cutting the stem, the adventure begins.

Journey across the ocean with little James, the Old Green Grasshopper, Mr. Earthworm, Mrs. Ladybug, Miss Spider, Mr. Centipede, the Glow-worm, and the Silkworm in this mesmerizing tale that is as much for adults as children. Recommended to the young and the young at heart, this is a wonderful journey from a beloved children’s author that will take your breath away. Enjoy!

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ipopjc
Nov 07, 2019

W 8 - 12Y : 790L : 146 pages

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 25, 2018

This story is about a boy named James who was sent to live with his malicious aunts, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. I loved the underlying theme of friendship since everyone cared about each other and tried to escape the Cloud-Men. James bonded with Miss Spider, Centipede, Old-Green-Grasshopper, Ladybug, Earthworm, and a few others. Together these creatures traveled across the Atlantic Ocean. My favourite character was Mrs. Spider because she is kind-hearted and acted as a caring mother figure towards James. I would say this book is great for almost everyone but is best for ages 7-10. @grumpykat of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Anything scribed by Dahl is sure to be a hit, and this book just proves how amazing he is! James embarks on a mission away from his cruel aunts alongside his giant peach and the insects that it holds. It will be a big hit amongst the younger audiences, and the film adaptation is a great accompaniment. With happiness and grief mixed into one, this a children's book that allows the reader to experience it all!
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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RoyalJellyIII
Sep 10, 2017

As always, Roald Dahl spins the most fantastic wonderful tales for children and James and the Giant Peach is up there with his greatest ones. It is also a wonderful animated film. Don't deprive your children of fantastic stories such as this one - there are one in a million!.

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briannata
Jul 26, 2017

The book was extradonary! It's the best

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LightningTaco
Jun 30, 2017

After reading The Twits and James and the Giant Peach, I discovered that Roald Dahl has a unique a style in his writing. It is a good style and I like it when he uses weird words like whizzpopping or natterbox. I found it funny when Roald was describing James's aunt Ms. Sponge. "She was like a great white soggy overboiled cabbage".

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Angelica_7
Jul 27, 2016

This book is the best book ever and I like the bugs because they are nice. I like also like James because he is very smart.

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4angela
Mar 18, 2014

Very nice book but has one bad word in it (that's why I think its for older kids) but still one of my favorite story's.(Fantasy adventure.)

vernessa7 May 27, 2013

James Henry trotter goes into a giant peach and there is oversized bugs in the peach, one of the bugs bit the stem off the tree and the peach rolled into the ocean,james harnessed seagulls to make them fly with the peach into the air and they landed in New york city . by michael

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StaceyLB
Apr 11, 2013

A little boy named James has to live with his two evil aunts after his parents die and they treat him horribly. One day a giant peach grew from their, once barren, peach tree, and James found a hole in it big enough for him to climb through. He made it to the seed of the peach and met his newfound friends that he traveled from England to America with on a very interesting journey.

Ninja_Kevin Jun 17, 2012

I have finished the book called, “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl a fantasy book. The central idea or main idea is that James is the protagonist. He lives with his aunt. He had some magical crystals. Then one night he dropped the magical crystals on an old tree and the tree transformed into a giant peach! Then James went to look for an entrance into the peach. When he had crawled inside he found Grasshopper, Ladybug, Centipede, Spider, Worm and more. When the stem of the peach broke off it rolled all the way down there Spider had to come up and spider web the seagulls otherwise they would all sink and die! With the seagulls help and the Spiders help they have survived. Later the seagulls drop them off at the top of the Empire state building, at the top. The cops were at the base and 3 of them fainted. What will happen next?

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4angela
Mar 18, 2014

Coarse Language: Bad word in a nice book!

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StaceyLB
Apr 11, 2013

" 'The journey begins!' shouted the Centipede. "
" ...said the Ladybug. 'We are now about to visit the most marvelous places and see the most wonderful things! Isn't that so, Centipede?' "

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