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James and the Giant Peach Paperback – Aug 16 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (Aug. 16 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142410365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142410363
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Hollocher on 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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By Maria Casacalenda TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 13 2015
Format: Paperback
“My dear young fellow,” the Old-Green-Grasshopper said gently, “there are a whole lot of things in this world of ours that you haven’t even started wondering about yet.”

Roald Dahl’s stories have been a part of most of our lives since we were small children that were still learning to read. Roald Dahl had one of the best imaginations of our time, creating stories that will be passed on throughout generations for a very long time.

The story of James and the Giant Peach was first introduced to me by the 1996 film adaptation of the same name. I was only 5 when this film was released, but I feel as though I may have been a bit older when I first watched it. I became a huge fan of everything Tim Burton beginning at a pretty young age, but I only recently discovered that the film was produced by him, which may explain why I loved it so much.

I always knew that the story of James and the Giant Peach was based on a children’s novel, but I never had the opportunity to read it until recently. The book was just as magical as the film and I really do wish I could have read it at a younger age because I think it would have quickly become one of my favourites.

The writing style is very whimsical and fun and surprisingly dark at some moments. You know when you re-watch a television show or a film that you loved as a kid, but only now understand some of the darker humour that went over your head when you were younger? This book definitely throws in a bit of under the radar humour for the adults that are reading this story to their children. I think that approach is fantastic because when these children grow up and start reading this story to their children, they will start to realize things that they may have missed.
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By A Customer on April 13 2004
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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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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