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James and the Giant Peach

A Children's Story

Dahl, Roald

(Book - 1996)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
James and the Giant Peach
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).nbsp;nbsp;How James escapes from his miserable life with two nasty aunts and becomes a hero to his new insect family, including Miss Spider, the Old-Green-Grasshopper, the Centipede (with his 21 pairs of gorgeous boots), is Dahl-icious fantasy at its best.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1996
ISBN: 0679880909
Branch Call Number: J Fiction
Characteristics: 126 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Lane


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I loosely recommend this book to mature middle school audiences mainly because the book uses the word "ass" a couple of times and some readers may not be able to handle such language, and some paretns may be against exposing their children to words of that nature. The book also refers to other curse words being used, without actually using them. Overall, the book is a great read, although I've seen the movie (loooong ago), it intrigued me so much that I read the entire book in two days (taking up a sum of 3 hours). The journey that James and his insect friends embarked on, the sights they saw, are very interesting and leaves readers wanting more!

Feb 20, 2013
  • Andy_25 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When I read this book I was really supprised when I read the whole book. If you read the whole book,you should see the DVD

The peach actually grows to be big and there were insects inside. The centipede would say words like idiot and ass. These are bad words.
The rain came and the birds were picking at the peach.and the rain's came.
The glow worm doesn't say a bad word.He eat's good.

The author of this comment is "Giulia"...one of my students.

Jul 18, 2011
  • green_thumb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I think this is my favourite Roald Dahl book. He is so imaginative!

Jun 04, 2010
  • saphire__257 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

o.k and great book for people who are starting to read chapter books:)

This is an asome BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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A little boy named James has to live with his two evil aunts after his parents die and they treat him horribly. One day a giant peach grew from their, once barren, peach tree, and James found a hole in it big enough for him to climb through. He made it to the seed of the peach and met his newfound friends that he traveled from England to America with on a very interesting journey.


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" 'The journey begins!' shouted the Centipede. "
" ...said the Ladybug. 'We are now about to visit the most marvelous places and see the most wonderful things! Isn't that so, Centipede?' "


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