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James and the Giant Peach

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8+
Release Date
October 12, 1961
ISBN
0375814248
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Roald Dahl was a champion of the underdog and all things little—in this case, an orphaned boy oppressed by two nasty, self-centered aunts. How James escapes his miserable life with the horrible aunts and becomes a hero is a Dahlicious fantasy of the highest order. You will never forget resourceful little James and his new family of magically overgrown insects—a ladybug, a spider, a grasshopper, a glowworm, a silkworm, and the chronic complainer, a centipede with a hundred gorgeous shoes. Their adventures aboard a luscious peach as large as a house take them across the Atlantic Ocean, through waters infested with peach-eating sharks and skies inhabited by malevolent Cloudmen, to a ticker-tape parade in New York City. This happily ever after contemporary fairy tale is a twentieth-century classic that every child deserves to know. And Lane Smith's endearingly funny illustrations are a perfect match for the text.

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Great book, my favorite part was when the peach landedon top of the Empire State Building, My #1 Dahl book i Charlie And The Chocalate Factory.
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Andrew Reviewed by Andrew April 26, 2013
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2nd Best Dahl Book

Great book, my favorite part was when the peach landedon top of the Empire State Building, My #1 Dahl book i Charlie And The Chocalate Factory.

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I've read a few of Roald Dahl's book and have to say this is one of his best ones. It was simply magical. Loved the chracters. James was so likeable that I wanted to adopt him myself. This is a great book to read if you want to escape your reality for a moment.
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Alecia Stone Reviewed by Alecia Stone February 12, 2012
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Fantastic Read

I've read a few of Roald Dahl's book and have to say this is one of his best ones. It was simply magical. Loved the chracters. James was so likeable that I wanted to adopt him myself. This is a great book to read if you want to escape your reality for a moment.

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Reader reviewed by K.T.

This book is a fantastic adventure story with the classic Roald Dahl twist,eccentric characters and an extraordinary journey.It all starts with an old shabby house on a hill,to the sea,into the clouds,and forward to New York City.Every event is a memorable one that's sure to capture any reader's imagination.I would suggest James and the Giant Peach to anyone in search of a one of a kind story.
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a reader Reviewed by a reader September 18, 2007
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James and the Giant Peach

Reader reviewed by K.T.

This book is a fantastic adventure story with the classic Roald Dahl twist,eccentric characters and an extraordinary journey.It all starts with an old shabby house on a hill,to the sea,into the clouds,and forward to New York City.Every event is a memorable one that's sure to capture any reader's imagination.I would suggest James and the Giant Peach to anyone in search of a one of a kind story.

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Reader reviewed by Amanda

Though I read this book several times as a child, the last time was well over 12 years ago and this reread was just as wonderful as the first time I read it.


Readers can still get lost in the story of James, a young boy sent to live with his two horrible Aunts after his parents are tragically killed. He is beaten, starved, and incredibly unhappy until something magical happens to an ordinary tree in his yard. After a mysterious concoction is given to him (and subsequently spilled on the ground), an enormous peach grows high at the top of this tree, eventually growing large enough that it can house James and his miraculous new friends, the Centipede, Miss Spider, Ladybug, Grasshopper, Gloworm (a lightening bug here in the states), and a silkworm. Working together, this interesting and complex group work together to bring the peach all the way across the Atlantic Ocean, ending up in good ole' New York City.
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a reader Reviewed by a reader July 14, 2007
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An amazing classic

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Though I read this book several times as a child, the last time was well over 12 years ago and this reread was just as wonderful as the first time I read it.


Readers can still get lost in the story of James, a young boy sent to live with his two horrible Aunts after his parents are tragically killed. He is beaten, starved, and incredibly unhappy until something magical happens to an ordinary tree in his yard. After a mysterious concoction is given to him (and subsequently spilled on the ground), an enormous peach grows high at the top of this tree, eventually growing large enough that it can house James and his miraculous new friends, the Centipede, Miss Spider, Ladybug, Grasshopper, Gloworm (a lightening bug here in the states), and a silkworm. Working together, this interesting and complex group work together to bring the peach all the way across the Atlantic Ocean, ending up in good ole' New York City.

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