James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

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by Roald Dahl
     
 

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A little magic can take you a long way.

When James Henry Trotter accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it's as big as a house. Then James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit, and when he crawls inside, he meets a

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A little magic can take you a long way.

When James Henry Trotter accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it's as big as a house. Then James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit, and when he crawls inside, he meets a bunch of marvelous oversized friends — Old Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Miss Spider, and more.

After years of feeling like an outsider in the house of his despicable Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, James has finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the exciting adventure begins!

Performed by Jeremy Irons.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lane Smith trades stinky cheese for fantastic fruit with his black-and-white illustrations for Roald Dahl's classic 1961 novel, James and the Giant Peach. The reissue is timed to coincide with the release of the Disney animated motion picture based on Smith's suitably subversive visual interpretation.
Children's Literature
The 2001 reissue of this fantasy classic features delightful Quentin Blake illustrations. Liberally sprinkled throughout the brief chapters, the quirky, cartoonish drawings illuminate the daring action. James is the lonely, abused orphan victim in the hands of dreadful Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker until an old man emerges from the garden bushes with a bag of tiny green things. The strange things spill into the earth under the old peach tree. Quickly the story moves into adventure mode when a giant peach grows mysteriously to the size of a house. James is inside the peach with his insect companions. They deal with frothing sharks, captive seagulls and angry cloudmen. James problem-solves, while the mutated insects play the roles expected of a cast of characters on a sinking ship. Incredible remarks are casually made by James such as, "Rainbow-paint dries very quick and very hard," while the insects speak factually about the number of spots on ladybugs and earthworms swallowing soil. It is the craziest of fantasies wrapped tightly in a chapter book perfect for a first grade read-aloud or for the young, independent reader. The book is not dated after 40 years. In the end, the giant peach participants all become rich and successful in America. 2001(orig. 1961), Puffin Books, $5.99. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Jacki Vawter
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-The classic children's book by Roald Dahl ( Knopf, 1961) receives royal treatment in this terrific audiobook production. James Henry Trotter, a poor orphan, is being raised by two horrible aunts. Magic crystals change his humdrum existence, and soon he is off on a great adventure on a giant peach with new friends who are, to say the least, unique. There are sharks, seagulls, and irate cloud people to add interest along the way and, of course, Dahl's irreverent poetry. The story has always been a crowd-pleaser, and Jeremy Irons does more than read the story-he performs it. Each character has a unique voice, aptly suiting each personality, and Irons tells the story with humor and energy. Fans of Dahl will not be disappointed in this briskly paced tale that is a delight from beginning to end.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This newly illustrated edition of an avowed children's favorite has all the makings of a classic match-up: Milne had Shepard, Carroll had Tenniel, and now Dahl has Smith. Yes, there is a movie tied in to all of this, but more importantly, author and illustrator were made for each other, and it's of little consequence that it took almost 35 years for them to meet.

From the Publisher
"This newly-illustrated edition of an avowed children's favorite has all the makings of a classic match-up: Milne had Shepard, Carroll had Tenniel, and now Dahl has Smith...author and illustrator were made for each other, and it's of little consequence that it took almost 35 years for them to meet" —Kirkus.  

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553151657
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Publication date:
05/01/1982
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter-pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more brilliant stories. He remains the World’s No.1 storyteller.

Sir Quentin Blake, the first-ever Children’s Laureate of the United Kingdom, has illustrated nearly 300 books, including most of Roald Dahl’s children’s books. He lives in London.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 13, 1916
Date of Death:
November 23, 1990
Place of Birth:
Llandaff, Wales, England
Place of Death:
Oxford, England

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James and the Giant Peach 4.3 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 247 reviews.
Kelly-Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
From Elizabeth (7 years old) - I think James and the Giant Peach is funny and I like the characters and what they do. All of the students in my classroom had read the book and I wanted to try it. When I tried it, it was really good.
moreader More than 1 year ago
My girls are too young to read it themselves so we read a chapter or two a night. They loved it!
Edwards More than 1 year ago
This book is a REALLY good book!!! This book has a lot of discriptive words. My favorite insect in this book is ms spider. My favorit person in this book is James.I recommend this book to people who like adventuers and to people who like to learn new discriptive words. Georgia, from Ms.Edwards class.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it!!! We read it in school and I was hooked!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good i read it in one night it was captivating i just could not put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book because it is really funny and a cliff hanger at each chapter. It is also very hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luved the movie and the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book beacause it lots of descriptive word and i expecily like Aunt spiker because she has a really pointy nose and is a very bossy women. by chloe jackson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We are reading it at school and we have one more chapter. It is really good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time I read this story was way back in grade school. Even took a school field trip to see the play. Now I'm 31 yrs old and I still love it. I am reading it to my children now and they love it now too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had seen the movie and had never got the point, and I thought it was just plain wierd. It went from reality to animation. It was not until I read the book had I gotten it, I now get it all. - Hannah Anderson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! P.S. I am a girl!!! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book. I just started reading it and I like it a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is swaggy should read it for sure!
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book4children More than 1 year ago
Roald Dahl has written some of the most timeless children's books. I read James and the Giant Peach to my girls. It was the first time for all of us, and it was a lot of fun. While it's not my favorite book from this author, it's easy to see why it became a classic. It's easy to understand, yet it's just as much fun for me to read as it is for my daughters. Content: Clean
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever please read it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a retired teacher who read this book to classes over a 40 year span....the kids loved it and so did I . Now I'm reading it to my grandkids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
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Love this book
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LOVE THE BOOK AND WORTH BUYING GREAT ADVENTURES AND SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AEWSOME
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ROHLD DAHL IS DEAD!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good