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    James and the Giant Peach

    James and the Giant Peach

    by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

    When poor James Henry Trotter loses his parents in a horrible rhinoceros accident, he is forced to live with his two wicked aunts, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. After three years he becomes "the saddest and loneliest boy you could find." Then one day, a wizened old man in a dark-green suit gives James a bag of magic crystals that promise to reverse his misery forever. When James accidentally spills the crystals on his aunts' withered peach tree, he sets the adventure in motion. From the old tree a single peach grows, and grows, and grows some more, until finally James climbs inside the giant fruit and rolls away from his despicable aunts to a whole new life. James befriends an assortment of hilarious characters, including Grasshopper, Earthworm, Miss Spider, and Centipede--each with his or her own song to sing.

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    by Roald Dahl

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James and the Giant Peach

Author: Roald Dahl

Illustrator: Quentin Blake

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Adventure, Classics, Comedy and Humor, Fantasy

Leadership and Responsibility, Just Rewards, Magic and Supernatural

About This Book

First published in 1961, James and the Giant Peach remains a favorite for young readers decades later. In it, young James Henry Trotter loses his parents and is forced to live with his evil aunts. Luckily, he is given magic crystals, which he accidentally spills on his aunts' decrepit peach tree. One of the peaches begins to grow, and grow, and grow. Finally, James climbs into the peach and it rolls away from his aunts' yard and his miserably lonely life. With the giant peach, he begins a new life, making friends along the way with hilarious characters like the Grasshopper and the Earthworm.

Dahl's use of rich imagery and amusing characters brings this outrageously imaginative tale alive. Readers will tremble when they first meet Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, and will feel a tremendous thrill when the peach takes off and James begins his journey. The words and images virtually jump off the page. A wonderful choice for reluctant readers, this story is a treasure that begs to be read over and over again.

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