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review 2018-09-09 19:38
James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake

James lost his parents at a young age and now lives with his two horrid aunts. They make him work all day and never let him play. But one day a mysterious visit gives him some magical green crystals with the promise that these crystals will help him escape his life. Unfortunately before James can use the crystals he spills them on the old dead peach tree in the yard. The next day a giant peach has begun to grow on the long dead tree until it becomes so big it begins to attract a crowd. One day, after his aunts have cruelly locked him outside James finds a hole in the peach and crawls in. Inside he meets a plethora of new friends and then the peach begins to roll. The peach rolls all the way to the ocean and James' real adventure begins. 

 

A great book for students to read independently or in literature circles. Activities and novel studies are widely available online. Dahl's use of imagery and figurative language makes James a great book to use in the classroom. 

 

Lexile: 790L

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review 2018-09-04 00:31
James and the Giant Peach
James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake

Lexile Level: 790L

 

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl tells the story about a boy named James that lives with two unkind aunts. James meets a mysterious old man who gives him a magical gift. He ends up on an adventure inside of a giant peach where he makes friends with several talking insects with interesting personalities. This book is enjoyed by students because of the magical and unpredictable story. Teachers could use this book to teach vocabulary words in context and to teach lessons on figurative versus literal language as the book features wonderful descriptive writing. This book could be used to teach writing lessons as it could show students an example of descriptive writing. Teachers could assign this book to upper elementary students to use in a literature circle. Students would be able to read the text separately before discussing it with their peers. 

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review 2018-03-18 20:21
James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake
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This was an amazingly phenomenal book. I couldn't remember if I had read this growing up or not. I distinctly remember the movie, but I don't think I ever read the actual book. So I picked up a copy of the audiobook from the library to listen to while driving for work.

This is such a magical, wonderful adventure. Typical Roald Dahl fantasy: dark, yet whimsical. There are a few dark, morbid things in the book (in classic Roald Dahl style) and some not-so-nice language (idiot, ass), but nothing too bad. It shouldn't deter readers or their parents, just something to keep in mind.

I loved this book. It is such a great adventure story. All these weird things happen and there are all of these amazing characters, it's just perfect. It all feels so effortless.

Even if you've read the book, I recommend the audiobook as well. Julian Rhind-Tutt does an amazing job doing the voices and it includes sound effects, which makes for a very fun story.

A very, very wonderful story. I loved every moment of it.
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review 2016-09-30 16:44
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James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake

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 cover and treat others kindly no matter how you have been treated by others. I would include some kind of activity about being kind to others, a study about bugs and insects, or a peach-themed snack. This could also be used to teach how to cope with the loss of a loved one. I would use this in 3rd-5th grade. The guided reading level is Q and the Lexile level is 870L.

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review 2015-09-13 22:03
James and the Giant Peach
James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl,Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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 plot. The poetry isn't Dahl's best, and this the illustrations in my copy are pretty creepy (the only Dahl book I've read that wasn't illustrated by Quentin Blake). But it's a quick reread and was a nice trip down nostalgia lane.

 

ETA: Apparently today is Roald Dahl's birthday. Maybe my subconscious knew this.

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