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James and the Giant Peach: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) [Paperback]

Roald Dahl , Jordan Crane , Nancy Ekholm Burkert , Aimee Bender
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Aug. 30 2011 Penguin Classics Deluxe

A stunning 50th-anniversary deluxe edition of Roald Dahl’s beloved James and the Giant Peach, featuring
—a new introduction by Aimee Bender, the New York Times bestselling author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
—cover art by the award-winning cartoonist Jordan Crane
—the original interior art from the 1961 first edition
—French flaps and deckle-edge paper

Roald Dahl's perennial bestseller about a boy's magical journey across the sea, James and the Giant Peach, celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2011. When James, a boy stuck living with his cantankerous aunts, is given magic crystals by a sympathetic wizard, he accidentally drops them at the foot of the peach tree outside his house, causing one of the fruits to grow the size of a house. Inside he finds oversized insects who promise him deliverance from his aunts, and soon the giant peach is rolling downhill, bound for the Atlantic Ocean and beyond on a magnificent adventure that will take James and his new friends far indeed.


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Roald Dahl's classic children's novel is now a motion picture from The Walt Disney Company, and this version of James and the Giant Peach grew out of the making of the movie. Lane Smith, conceptual artist for the film, has given James and company a new and arresting look, much in the style of his many highly regarded books, such as Math Curse and The Stinky Cheeseman. Karey Kirkpatrick, the film's screenwriter, created a text that is true to the spirit of Dahl's original, and deftly pulls young readers into the remarkable story. All in all, it's a peach of a book sure to be the pick of every child's bookshelf! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers 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.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for young children! Feb. 3 2003
Format:Paperback
The adventures of James require the gruesome deaths of his beloved parents and two awful aunts, and the acceptance of a frightening gift from a scary-looking stranger who pops out of nowhere. While the aunts are indeed terrible, their insults to James are unnecessarily cruel and prolonged. There are also an infinite number of literary ways to extract James from his predicament without killing his aunts. At one point the characters are actually gleeful about their deaths. Although the rest of the plot is imaginative, it is choppy and doesn't hang together or flow well. The ending, while happy for the characters, falls flat and carries no grand positive message. This is not a book for young children, and I don't think it is a particularly good book for any age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars James and the Giant Peach April 13 2004
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Format:Paperback
This book is about a kid name James who lived with his parents. After James` parents died , James had no choice than to go live with his aunts, Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge. His aunts treated James like a slave. They were so cruel to poor little James.James lived a miserable life until one day magic happend. there was this tiny peach growing big and wide and James one day found a hole to go inside the peach and so he did.James went in and met all these wierd creatures. There was a centepide, an old green grass hopper,a spider,a ladybug,an Earthworm and a silk worm. All of the creatures were so huge.
I think that this book James and the Giant Peach is a great book. I really enjoyed reading this book because its funny it makes you laugh and its really cool because you can go around the world and see the oceans.I recommend this book for three reasons,First, because its really interesting and really curious. Second, because you will enjoy reading about someones life. Third, because you will see how nice friends can help each other out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review by Andy Liu of James and the Giant peach Feb. 9 2004
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Format:Paperback
James Henry Trotter did not have a normal life. His parents were swallowed by an angry rhinoceros. When he goes to live with his aunts for three years,the adventure begins. This man gives him 1,000 magic little things. James falls and loses the 1,000 magic things. A peach starts to grow into a gigantic peach. Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker are getting a lot of money because a lot of people want to see the peach. So as the giant peach starts rolling, James and his insect friends have a adventure of their life. I like James Henry Trotter because he is always coming up with ideas. I also like him because he is smart and never gets put down. I don't like Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker because they push James around and make him do chores. My favorite part of the story was when Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker got squashed flat by the giant peach because they deserved to be squashed. My least favorite part of the story was when James had to pick up garbage because Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spikerare counting their money. I think that Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker are mean because they never do any chores by themselves. Another part in the story that was funny was when James and his friends got attacked by sharks. It was really funny because the sharks couldn't bite the peach. This book is like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because James Henry Trotter and Charlie both have a happy ending. I like Roald Dahl because he has made many hilarous books. For example, the vicar of Nibbleswick is hilarious because he has to walk backwards to talk the right way. Roald Dahl books usually have a happy ending because at the end of the Magic finger, the Greg family stops shooting things. I recommend this book to people who like adventure books and people who like happy endings at ages 7& up. This is because the book might be boring for people who like a different more serious type of book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A review of James And The Giant Peach (Alice Z) Feb. 5 2004
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Format:Paperback
During early December, I read a very interesting book named "James and the Giant Peach" that I would like to recommend. It is about a boy's life from ages 4~8. His parents were nice to him and they lived along the seashore peacefully with lots of other children, but then something terrible happened. During a bright, sunny day, while his parents were going shopping, an angry rhinoceros escaped from the London Zoo and ate them up alive. Poor James was forced to live with his nasty aunts doing all the dirty work while they were relaxing. One day, James met a stranger who gave him magic crocodile tounges. But Oops! James dropped it near the peach tree and a peach started to grow. While James was picking up garbage near the enormus peach the next night, he spotted a hole in the peach. What was that hole? Read this book to find out.
I really enjoyed this book because it is kind of a fantasy and adventure story. It really takes you inside with all the exaggeration. For example, there are really exciting things like the cloudmen, the sharks, landing on the Empire State Building and living in a pit. I'd like to recommend this book to any fantasy or adventure lover.
My favorite part was when Aunt Spiker & Aunt Sponge got flattened like pancakes when the paech rolled on them because they were so mean to James and so this is like a lesson to them and poor James' revenge. My least favorite part was when James had to help centipede take off all 42 shoes tied in really tangled knots for 2 hours until he could sleep. <P.....After you have read the book "James and The Giant Peach" I would recommend you to read some of the other books Roald Dahl wrote. What I like about Roald's Dahl books is that he writes about children saving the day or being the best in an adventure that is realistic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Classic!
Dahl at his best. My children loved the story and it's forever on the favorites list with Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Published 9 months ago by dukes
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I love the book James and the Giant Peach because James experiences so much excitement (sometimes good, sometimes bad) for example. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars James and the Giant Peach
I purchased this book for my older son. It came well within the promised time frame and is in great shape even though it is used. Read more
Published on July 8 2012 by Barvaladenev
5.0 out of 5 stars James and the Giant Peach
When I read James and the Giant peach for the first time I loved it! it was adventurous and exciting! I loved how the writer made the creatures so interesting. Read more
Published on May 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite book!
This book was great and full of adventure. I loved every moment of it(in other words... I don't have a favorite part). Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by Taylor McDowell
4.0 out of 5 stars Generally good, but not without problems.
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH is easy to read, catches the reader's attention, and takes the reader to a fantasy land. It has everything necessary to be a children's classic. Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars memorable
reading this book again brought back lots of great memories from when I was younger and read this book. Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by Mark McLaughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars James And The Jiant Peach
A great book you should read is James and the Giant Peach. This is an adventurebook. My favorite charactor is the centipede. Read more
Published on March 11 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Nonsense
James and the Giant Peach is simply nonsense. If you like nonsense then you may like this book. The story is as simple as the other reviews make it sound: A giant peach grows, he... Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2004 by Rainsayre
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book for relaxation
This book, "James and Giant Peach" is WOUNDERFUL! Jame's adventures are full of creative imaginations that brings you to a magic world! The author, Roald Dahl was really great. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2004 by Erica Ngai
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