James and the Giant Peach Author:Roald Dahl, Nancy Ekholm Burkert (Illustrator) When James stumbles and drops the bag containing "tiny magical green things", he watches helplessly as all his lovely magic wriggles away into the earth underneath an old peach tree. Sadly he resigns himself to continued misery with his two wicked aunts... but then amazing things begin to happen.
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.
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.
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.
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!