- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (Aug. 16 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142410365
- ISBN-13: 978-0142410363
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.1 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 136 g
- Average Customer Review: 205 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
James and the Giant Peach Paperback – Aug 16 2007
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"This newly-illustrated edition of an avowed children's favorite has all the makings of a classic match-up: Milne had Shepard, Carroll had Tenniel, and now Dahl has Smith...author and illustrator were made for each other, and it's of little consequence that it took almost 35 years for them to meet" --"Kirkus."
About the Author
Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter-pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more brilliant stories. He remains the World’s No.1 storyteller.
Sir Quentin Blake, the first-ever Children’s Laureate of the United Kingdom, has illustrated nearly 300 books, including most of Roald Dahl’s children’s books. He lives in London.
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James and the Giant Peach is the first from this. Jill's been trying to get me to read this children's book for years, *knowing* that I would appreciate it. She was right, of course. I loved it. It's exactly the type of children's book that I look for: not sickly sweet with a sledgehammer moral, but sly and wicked and funny and irreverant, with an underlying ethical framework that I can agree with. Characters in books like these can be exaggerated (as Dahl did with wonderful effect in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), but they contain a kernel of what we see in our everyday world--things like greed, egoism, abuse, unhappiness, etc.
today, the child in me still wishes to be there, but the adult in me sees a stronger message beyond the events (which possibly explains what happens with the pheasants). what i realize now, is the events are incidental to the lessons, the love and bond between not just father and son, but people in general.
maybe i am going off the deep end a bit, but i believe everyone should read this book at least once in their life. to miss it would be crime.
This book is about a boy named Danny, who lives with his dad. His dad has a secret that is out and Danny is on a wild adventure to stop Mr. Hazel from finding out the secret. Mr. Hazel is a rich man with many pheasants, who's face turns red when he finds out Danny's father's secret.
This book is about the bond between father and son. There is only one thing standing in between Danny's bond with his Dad and that's the secret. We recommend this book because we like it ourselves. Be prepared, this book will take you on an adventure of a life time! But we warn you, Mr.Hazel isn't so friendly when he finds out the secret.
Our readers have some opinions about the book.
Stu- it was a good book because it was funny.
Zach- at the begining of the book I liked the plot, but I wished it would of changed at the end, more twisted.
Janel- I liked the book, it was funny, but when you learn about Danny's Dad's secret it gets better.
Savannah- It was boring at the beginning, but it got exciting towards the middle and the end.
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