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James and the Giant Peach, Roald DahlJames and the Giant Peach is a popular children s novel written in 1961 by British author Roald Dahl The plot centers on a young English orphan boy who enters a gigantic, magical peach, and has a wild and surreal cross world adventure with seven magically altered garden bugs he meets They set off on a journey to escape from James two mean and cruel aunts Roald Dahl was originally going to write about a giant cherry, but changed it to James and the Giant Peach because a peach is prettier, bigger and squishier than a cherry 1997 1375 133 9644713117 1379 150 9649279016 1381 112 9643580350 1382 131 9643057038 1385 196 964849746 1390 245 9789643696641 1392 176 9786006767314 1393 170 9786009380626 When James Accidentally Drops Some Magic Crystals By The Old Peach Tree, Strange Things Start To Happen The Peach At The Top Of The Tree Begins To Grow, And Before Long It S As Big As A House When James Discovers A Secret Entranceway Into The Fruit And Crawls Inside, He Meets Wonderful New Friends The Old Green Grasshopper, The Dainty Ladybug, And The Centipede Of The Multiple Boots After Years Of Feeling Like An Outsider In His Aunts House, James Finally Found A Place Where He Belongs With A Snip Of The Stem, The Peach Household Starts Rolling Away And The Adventure Begins Roald Dahl S First And Most Widely Celebrated Book For Young People Continues To Thrill Readers Around The World This Is A Stunning Book To Be Cherished For Its Story, A Superb Fantasy Chicago Tribune A Beautifully Written, Fantastic Book Christian Science Monitor For a brief period in my childhood, I was obsessed with this After seeing the trailer, I noticed that the movie trailer tie in edition was available in the next month s book order form so I had to have it to read before I saw it.Then I saw the movie and of course, really loved it It was whimsical and visually appealing, even if it did deviate from the source material in parts.I even remember wanting to only eat and drink peach stuff for a while, and since it was the 90 s I had to have my Snapple Peach Iced Tea.So that s it, just some warm nostalgia I will always have for this book. As always, Roald Dahl spins the most fantastic wonderful tales for children and James and the Giant Peach is up there with his greatest ones It is also a wonderful animated film Don t deprive your children of fantastic stories such as this one there are one in a million When I was in third grade, the first great crush of my life, Scott Murphy, stood up on the picnic table outside of the trailer that housed my third grade class and instead of reading his lines James words from his paperback copy while we were all trying to rehearse the chapter we were supposed to present to the entire class the next day, he performed the most passionate version of Paradise City by Guns N Roses that I have ever seen.To this day, I love Gun N Roses, I love Scott Murphy, and I love this book Magical. ENGLISH James and the Giant Peach ITALIANO Until he was four years old, James Henry Trotter had a happy life He lived peacefully with his mother and father in a beautiful house beside the sea There were always plenty of other children for him to play with, and there was the sandy beach for him to run about on, and the ocean to paddle in It was the perfect life for a small boy The problem arises when his parents get eaten by a rhino However, this regrettable and sad incident marks the beginning of a suggestive and extremely hair brained adventure on an oversized peach.My daughter and I continue our journey in Roald Dahl s world You can t really go wrong with him.Vote 7 Fino all et di quattro anni, James Henry Trotter ebbe una vita felice Viveva tranquillo con sua madre e suo padre in una bella casa sul mare C erano sempre molti bambini con cui giocare e c era la spiaggia di sabbia dove scorrazzare e l oceano per andarci in canotto La vita ideale, per un bambino Il problema sorge quando i suoi genitori vengono sbranati da un rinoceronte Tuttavia, questo increscioso e triste episodio l inizio di una suggestiva e quantomai strampalata avventura su di una pesca di dimensioni spropositate.Continua il viaggio familiare mio e di mia figlia nel mondo di Roald Dahl Con lui si va sul sicuro.Voto 7 James and the Giant Peach B A N N E D Recently I joined the Banned Books group and one of the group reads for this month was James and the Giant Peach I m sure there are many GR readers who have read a Roald Dahl book and or seen a movie adaptation of one of his books If you have, then you would know that Dahl has consistently written stories that entertain children with morals and life lessons that even adults can appreciate So why was this book banned Let s first take a look at what James and the Giant Peach is aboutThe storyThis is a story about a boy named James Henry Trotter who is forced to live with his two abusive aunts Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker in the English countryside after his parents are tragically killed from a rhinoceros attack in London James is a very sad and miserable little boy One day, a mysterious old man presents James with a bag of tiny green crystals that have magical powers James is told that once he swallows the crystals with water, marvellous, fabulous and unbelievable things will happen to him, and he ll never be miserable again James rushes back to the house to get some water and accidentally falls and spills the tiny green crystals near a dormant peach tree which sits on a hill nearby The lifeless tree suddenly sprouts a peach, which begins to grow larger and larger.His abusive aunts take notice of the giant peach They fence it off and begin charging people money to see it And after locking up James all day, the aunts force him to clean up after the crowds are gone It is while James is cleaning up around the giant peach that he discovers a tunnel leading to the middle of it There, he finds a group of human sized insects Centipede, Grasshopper, Spider, Earthworm, Ladybird, Silkworm, and Glow worm The group befriends James and attribute their giant growth to having eaten the tiny green crystals that James had spilled Early the next day, the group decides to escape the horrible aunts by cutting the stem connecting the peach to the tree The giant peach begins to roll down the hillside, flattening and killing James two aunts in the process.The giant peach rolls faster and faster through towns, across land until finally it crashes into the ocean To avoid a group of vicious sharks, James attaches strings produced by the spider and silkworm to hundreds of seagulls and the peach is lifted and carried in the air.As they are floating, they come across some Cloud Men, mystic creatures who are responsible for the different types of weather, like rain, snow, and hail And as they are drifting through the clouds, the peach crashes into a rainbow, which snaps some of the strings, and the peach begins to descend As the peach approaches land, it crashes on top of the Empire State Building In the end, view spoiler all of the insects become successful in America, and James, who has made a lot of friends, lives in the large peach pip in Central Park hide spoiler Book ReviewJames and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl is a very creative story built for everyone of all ages to enjoy I think of it as a cross between 3 things 1 Dr Seuss, 2 Jack and the Beanstalk and 3 Harry Potter 4 of 5 stars to this lovely keepsake I had to read this book, when it s my namesake, James But the similarities end there James parents have passed away and he lives with his awful aunt and uncle A mysterious man gives him a package which helps him grow this giant peach And then the peach turns into a house, rolls away into fantasy land and brings tons of new cartoon characters for James to have his own family It s a great children s story younger young adult story to help show the different types of family, love and support one can get So many fun things come from here, it s a must read for all kids My favorite character would probably be the ladybug such a treasure in words and pictures.FYI Wrote this review 2017 from memory as I want to have a review for everything I remember reading If I messed it up, let me know LOLAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators. I read this so many times as a child and I was always so fiercely jealous of James James is a dreamer He has a boring life and one day he gets the opportunity to experience something weird and surreal Everyday breaks away from mundanity and becomes something exciting and unusual James makes friends with interesting insects and explores places he has never seen A giant peach takes him there His dreams become reality.This is certainly a story that could make any child or adult too fall in love with fantasy.