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review 2016-09-30 16:44
James and the Giant Peach review
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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review 2014-06-25 00:00
James and the Giant Peach
James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake 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, he can't wait to see what happens. And what does happen is the most amazing adventure of his life, leading him both to good friends and happiness.

I read this book as a child and remember really enjoying it. As an adult I didn't enjoy it quite as much, but it's target audience is obviously much younger than I. It is full of all the absurdities and fun that you would expect from Roald Dahl.

This go around, I listened to an audio version with my children when we were in the car. I thought the narrator did a very nice job, particularly with all the voices he provided for the aunts and James's companions inside the peach. I highly recommend this book as a read-along with child of 8 or younger and read-alone for child between the ages of 8-12.
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text 2014-03-16 15:52
James and the Giant Peach
James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl

Okay, so this won't be a review because I have actually reflected very little about this book and just enjoyed it. Past the five first chapters or so, that is.


For me this part was tiresome, half because of the nasty pair of aunts whose only redeeming quality is to make the reader laugh helplessly (and who I'd have no trouble picturing as some sort of inspiration for the Dursleys in Harry Potter) and half because of the lack of dialogue till page 9 : Dialogue and fast-paced action are some of the things I'm looking for in the first pages of a story. No matter, it gets interesting soon enough after that.


On a side-note though, I love the angry rhinoceros. It's so unexpected (and yes, I already knew about it, but it didn't keep me from enjoying this little bit of genius). And another part I loved to bits was the whole debacle with the Cloud-Men. So...yup, chances are I'm going to read more Roald Dalh in the future.

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