James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

A Children's Story

Book - 1996
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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
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Group, c1996.
ISBN: 9780140374247
Branch Call Number: PZ7.D1515 Jam 1996
Characteristics: 126 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Smith, Lane - Illustrator


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Jan 25, 2018

Anything scribed by Dahl is sure to be a hit, and this book just proves how amazing he is! James embarks on a mission away from his cruel aunts alongside his giant peach and the insects that it holds. It will be a big hit amongst the younger audiences, and the film adaptation is a great accompaniment. With happiness and grief mixed into one, this a children's book that allows the reader to experience it all!
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 10, 2017

As always, Roald Dahl spins the most fantastic wonderful tales for children and James and the Giant Peach is up there with his greatest ones. It is also a wonderful animated film. Don't deprive your children of fantastic stories such as this one - there are one in a million!.

Jul 26, 2017

The book was extradonary! It's the best

Jun 30, 2017

After reading The Twits and James and the Giant Peach, I discovered that Roald Dahl has a unique a style in his writing. It is a good style and I like it when he uses weird words like whizzpopping or natterbox. I found it funny when Roald was describing James's aunt Ms. Sponge. "She was like a great white soggy overboiled cabbage".

Jul 27, 2016

This book is the best book ever and I like the bugs because they are nice. I like also like James because he is very smart.

Jun 23, 2016

This book is a good book. James finds a peach, well something. and it won;t stop growing

Mar 25, 2016

I loved reading this book with my 11 year old daughter. The characters are fun, the story is engaging and the 'poems' are enjoyable to say out loud.

Jul 12, 2015

As a fifteen year old I still found myself loving this book and reading it at a quick pace, bringing it wherever I went. What I liked the most about the book was how Roald Dahl never left out the strange, scary, gory details. He wanted kids to experience all aspects of life, all the laughter and happiness, but also the sadness, grief and horror that can be strung along. Great book - I'd recommend for any age!

dmakhkamova May 01, 2015

a really good book with funny characters I loved it

Nov 07, 2014

Great read aloud book for elementary age kids.

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Mar 18, 2014

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Mar 18, 2014

Very nice book but has one bad word in it (that's why I think its for older kids) but still one of my favorite story's.(Fantasy adventure.)

vernessa7 May 27, 2013

James Henry trotter goes into a giant peach and there is oversized bugs in the peach, one of the bugs bit the stem off the tree and the peach rolled into the ocean,james harnessed seagulls to make them fly with the peach into the air and they landed in New york city . by michael

Apr 11, 2013

A little boy named James has to live with his two evil aunts after his parents die and they treat him horribly. One day a giant peach grew from their, once barren, peach tree, and James found a hole in it big enough for him to climb through. He made it to the seed of the peach and met his newfound friends that he traveled from England to America with on a very interesting journey.

Ninja_Kevin Jun 17, 2012

I have finished the book called, “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl a fantasy book. The central idea or main idea is that James is the protagonist. He lives with his aunt. He had some magical crystals. Then one night he dropped the magical crystals on an old tree and the tree transformed into a giant peach! Then James went to look for an entrance into the peach. When he had crawled inside he found Grasshopper, Ladybug, Centipede, Spider, Worm and more. When the stem of the peach broke off it rolled all the way down there Spider had to come up and spider web the seagulls otherwise they would all sink and die! With the seagulls help and the Spiders help they have survived. Later the seagulls drop them off at the top of the Empire state building, at the top. The cops were at the base and 3 of them fainted. What will happen next?


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Mar 18, 2014

Coarse Language: Bad word in a nice book!


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Apr 11, 2013

" 'The journey begins!' shouted the Centipede. "
" ...said the Ladybug. 'We are now about to visit the most marvelous places and see the most wonderful things! Isn't that so, Centipede?' "

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