James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach


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From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG

Roald Dahl was a champion of the underdog and all things little—in this case, an orphaned boy oppressed by two nasty, self-centered aunts. How James escapes his miserable life with the horrible aunts and becomes a hero is a Dahlicious fantasy of the highest order. You will never forget resourceful little James and his new family of magically overgrown insects—a ladybug, a spider, a grasshopper, a glowworm, a silkworm, and the chronic complainer, a centipede with a hundred gorgeous shoes. Their adventures aboard a luscious peach as large as a house take them across the Atlantic Ocean, through waters infested with peach-eating sharks and skies inhabited by malevolent Cloudmen, to a ticker-tape parade in New York City.

This happily ever after contemporary fairy tale is a twentieth-century classic that every child deserves to know. And Lane Smith's endearingly funny illustrations are a perfect match for the text.

"All the gruesome imagery of old-fashioned fairy tales and a good measure of their breathtaking delight." —Kirkus Reviews

"A stunning book, to be cherished for its story, a superb fantasy." —The Chicago Tribune

"The most original fantasy that has been published in a long time...[it] may well become a classic." —San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140374247
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/28/1996
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 702
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com

Date of Birth:

September 13, 1916

Date of Death:

November 23, 1990

Place of Birth:

Llandaff, Wales, England

Place of Death:

Oxford, England

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters10
The Play11
Some Suggestions for Staging74
Easy-to-Make Costumes and Scenery76
Lighting Procedures88

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James and the Giant Peach 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 295 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
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 love it!!! We read it in school and I was hooked!!!!!
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
This book is so awesome if you like any fantasy with lots of funny parts then this is definitely your thing. Crocodile tongues and 6-feet tall centipedes are awesome. But if it seems boring at the beginning when it introduces him, please be patient When he meets the old man the book gets good.
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
It is a good book. I just started reading it and I like it a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I could, I would give this book 10000000000000000000000 stars! BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!! I 100% recomend it. It's cool how "the big item" is a PEACH! This book should be worth $1000!! BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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
So good for ages 6-13
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
KarinaLove1 More than 1 year ago
I Absolutely love Roald Dahl and his stories and I really love this book and I also really love the movie
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.
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Love this book
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This book is good