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text 2016-11-05 11:49
Review: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake

Goodreads summary:

James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He's very lonely until one day something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and GROW AND GROW. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects - all waiting to take James on a magical adventure. But where will they go in their GIANT PEACH and what will happen to the horrible aunts if they stand in their way? There's only one way to find out . .

 

My opinion:

I really liked this story (obviously) and his aunts were so awful damn! I've never read it before nor have I seen the movie, so when I finished the book I watched the movie as well. The 1996 adaptation was okay; there were loads of things that were left out and added that didn't make sense. In the movie there's a transition between James as a real life person and an animation version of him. There are also more song in the movie than in the book, the cloud-men and the rainbow were left out in the movie and the ending was also different. Also; in the movie James talked a lot about New York and dreams and stuff, but in the book he doesn't talk about it, he just wants to ge out of his aunt's house and be free. The last thing that I noticed was the animation style; they animated the insects quite creepy and it was a bit weird how they put the animation together. However, I still enjoyed it, but it isn't my favorite Roald Dahl adaption. The book was much, much better.

 

What is your opinion about the book and movie?

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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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