James and the Giant Peach: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Paperback – Aug 30 2011
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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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 on Jan. 18 2014 by dukes
I love the book James and the Giant Peach because James experiences so much excitement (sometimes good, sometimes bad) for example. Read morePublished on May 20 2013 by KidReviews
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 morePublished on July 8 2012 by Barvaladenev
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 morePublished on May 27 2004
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 morePublished on May 3 2004 by Taylor McDowell
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 morePublished on April 28 2004 by Amazon Customer
reading this book again brought back lots of great memories from when I was younger and read this book. Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by Mark McLaughlin
A great book you should read is James and the Giant Peach. This is an adventurebook. My favorite charactor is the centipede. Read morePublished on March 11 2004
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