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James and the Giant Peach Hardcover – September 6, 2016
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About the Author
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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Adaptations aside, this one gets top marks for being fun, quirky, creative, smile inducing, sweet, and enjoyable. All the characters are fun and interesting, from the mean aunts to the insect menagerie of companions James has by a fortuitous accident. This is not a book that will ever stress you out and quite often makes you chuckle at the sweet and silly things the insects say. It is also a redeeming journey for James, who had always been told he was worthless, in his journey to showing that he is truly a hero. It's a subtle message but an important one for people of all ages, and for me on a personal note: at times you are a hero or worthless depending on the context and the people who are around you. I think that's an extremely valuable life lesson and something anyone can appreciate.
Pacing is fun, writing is very Dahl-ish and it's a book I'd happily re-read for myself or read to a classroom given the opportunity.
Now we will watch the movie and compare the two!
I'm anxious to get her George's Marvelous Medicine as her next Dahl read!
Top international reviews
Follows the story of James whose magic beans turn a peach massive and his massive insect friends who run away from the nasty aunts Sponge and Spiker over the sea to America.