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James and the Giant Peach [Paperback]

Roald Dahl , Quentin Blake
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
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Aug. 21 2007
A little magic can take you a long way.

After James Henry Trotter's parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life there is no fun, until James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree and 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. Inside, James meets a bunch of oversized friends—Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, and more. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the great adventure begins!

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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
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 Wonderful Classic! Jan. 18 2014
By dukes
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! May 20 2013
Format:Paperback
I love the book James and the Giant Peach because James experiences so much excitement (sometimes good, sometimes bad) for example. his mom and dad getting eaten alive by a rhinoceros. Then he is sent to live with his mean ratty tatty aunts. Aunt Sponge and Ant Spike.

Well, what a surprise! Did those magic things with the crocodile tongues, lizard eyeballs, the fingers of a young monkey, and much more really truly work? Well find out by reading James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. If you have already read this book I recommend these other books by Roald Dahl: Charlie and the Chocolate factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, The Twits, The Witches, Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox , The BFG, Danny the World Champion, and George's Marvellous Medicine. I love Roald Dahl and I think he is a great author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars James and the Giant Peach July 8 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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. My son loves the book and he had read the first three chapters in the first day.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James and the Giant Peach May 27 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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. Also she made the aunts look evil as was explainedin the book. I just wanted to reach in the book and yell at them! The book was kind-off mythical when james got to the cloud men. I could read that book over and over again and I would never get bored!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Generally good, but not without problems. April 28 2004
Format:Paperback
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.
However, it is not without problems. In the book, James' two wicked aunts are killed as the peach flattens them and rolls over their lifeless bodies. Throughout the rest of the book the characters laugh and make up songs about their deaths. I know that in many fairy tales the wicked witch or stepmother dies, but I feel this book devalues life to the point that I would feel uncomfortable letting my young daughter read it. By the time she is old enough for me to feel comfortable with her reading the book, the book's plot will be too childish for her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars memorable April 28 2004
Format:Paperback
reading this book again brought back lots of great memories from when I was younger and read this book. after recently watching the movie version of this book and being somewhat put off and unimpressed I thought I'd give this book another spin. The movie pretty much destroys this book as many movies do but i would have expected more from tim burton but alas. read this it's one of the top five by dahl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars James and the Giant Peach April 13 2004
By A Customer
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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