James and the Giant Peach
When poor James Henry Trotter loses his parents in a horrible rhinoceros accident, he is forced to live with his two wicked aunts, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. After three years he becomes "the saddest and loneliest boy you could find". Then one day, a wizened old man in a dark-green suit... show more
When poor James Henry Trotter loses his parents in a horrible rhinoceros accident, he is forced to live with his two wicked aunts, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. After three years he becomes "the saddest and loneliest boy you could find". Then one day, a wizened old man in a dark-green suit gives James a bag of magic crystals that promise to reverse his misery forever. When James accidentally spills the crystals on his aunts' withered peach tree, he sets the adventure in motion. From the old tree a single peach grows, and grows, and grows some more, until finally James climbs inside the giant fruit and rolls away from his despicable aunts to a whole new life. James befriends an assortment of hilarious characters, including Grasshopper, Earthworm, Miss Spider and Centipede--each with his or her own song to sing. Roald Dahl's rich imagery and amusing characters ensure that parents will not tire of reading this classic aloud, which they will no doubt be called to do over and over again! We'll just come right out and say it ... James and the Giant Peach is one of the finest children's books ever written.
Publish date: April 5th 1998
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
James and the Giant Peach has always been one of my favorite books. I have always enjoyed all of Ronald Dahl's stories. This particular book is about adventure, tragedy, friendship, how to treat others, loyalty, and happy endings. I would use this to teach that you should never judge a book by its c...
I read James and the Giant Peach once as a kid, but I listened to the audiobook a lot (cassette, most likely abridged since I don't remember the Cloud Men). If I had read this as an adult there's a lot of ridiculous I wouldn't be able to get past, but I read it as a kid, so I accept the ridiculous p...
James Henry Trotter has been orphaned and sadly forced to leave his happy childhood to live with his Aunts Sponge and Spiker. The aunts are very cruel and resentful and treat James horribly. When a strange man offers James magic crocodile tongues with the promise that something amazing will happen, ...
Only Roald Dahl can make me laugh while describing how James' parents died.
Really, really cute story of a child that finds some unusual friends and adventures. I laughed out loud several times, specially with the centipede. If you're going to read this to your children though, just note that at some point the peach is confused with a giant bomb which is something you may w...