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James and the Giant Peach
James and the Giant Peach
Author: Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl's children's classic will be rediscovered with wonder and delight in this handsome gift edition with all-new black-and-white illustrations by Caldecott Honor Book artist Lane Smith (who also designed the characters for the Disney animated film).  How James escapes from his miserable life with two nasty aunts and becomes a he...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780375814242
ISBN-10: 0375814248
Publication Date: 9/10/2002
Pages: 160
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 2
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reviewed James and the Giant Peach on
Helpful Score: 3
My children and I (5 and 6 years old) loved this book! It's a very enjoyable read for all ages. There is a somewhat bad word used a few times, at least in this older edition that I read, but I just changed it, and for an older child reading it themselves, I did not feel that it was that terrible of a word.
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Helpful Score: 2
Well-written and so imaginative. It would be an incredibly fun read for kids. As an adult (reading it for the first time too!), I enjoyed it but not as much as I was expecting--I was hoping to love it as much as I did Matilda. James's aunts were kind of one-dimensional and negligible, and I thought the story could've flowed better and had more depth. But I'm still glad that I read it.
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Helpful Score: 1
One of the best kid's books ever written. The magic, the wit, the plot! I have seen this enjoyed by a 4 yr. old (read aloud) a 10 yr. old, a 15 yr. old, and adults. Read it and then watch the great movie that almost did it justice.
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reviewed James and the Giant Peach on + 298 more book reviews
my daughter liked this one..
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Roald Dahl never fails me. :) This book, like all the others of his that I have read as of yet, is just faboulous! The imagery and creativity is just spellbinding. Now I really want to watch the movie and see if it begins to do the book justice. Really a terrific read!
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One of my favorites from grade school.
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A classic
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My 2nd favorite childhood book (#1 is The Witches). I must have read it over 150 times and it never got dull. Dahl's anthropomorphic bugs and the fantastical device of a peach balloon captivated my imagination. I also love Dahl's adeptness at addressing the awkward stages of adolescence, the feelings of alienation and confusion, and wrapping them up in a great story.
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When poor James Henry Trotter loses his parents in a horrible rhinoceros accident, he is forced to live with his two wicked aunts, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. After three years he becomes "the saddest and loneliest boy you could find." Then one day, a wizened old man in a dark-green suit gives James a bag of magic crystals that promise to reverse his misery forever. When James accidentally spills the crystals on his aunts' withered peach tree, he sets the adventure in motion. From the old tree a single peach grows, and grows, and grows some more, until finally James climbs inside the giant fruit and rolls away from his despicable aunts to a whole new life. James befriends an assortment of hilarious characters, including Grasshopper, Earthworm, Miss Spider, and Centipede--each with his or her own song to sing.
tomanybooks avatar reviewed James and the Giant Peach on + 10 more book reviews
Awesome book, my 9 year old loved this book!
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I remember loving this book when I read it in the 3rd grade, so I thought it would be fun to reread. It's definitely a kid's book; I've been spoiled by JK Rowling. I will keep this around for my kids because it's a fun, fantasy tale, but pretty boring for an adult.
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A little magic can take you a long way. One of Roald Dahl's favorite tales.


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