James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

Book - 1999
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From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG !

After James Henry Trotter's parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life there is no fun, until James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree and 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. Inside, James meets a bunch of oversized friends--Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, and more. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the great adventure begins!
Publisher: London : Puffin, 1999, c1961
ISBN: 9780142410363
9780670885770
0670885770
9780375814242
0375814248
Branch Call Number: J FIC
Characteristics: 122 p. : col.ill. ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Blake, Quentin

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Interest Level: Ages 6-10. Seven-year-old James escapes from his wicked aunts and sets off to see the world from inside a gigantic peach, along with an assortment of friendly, oversized insects. Like Dahl’s other popular children’s books, including the popular Matilda and The BFG, this tale inclu... Read More »

Follow the wonderful adventures of James as he tries to escape from his nasty aunts and his miserable life with his discovery of a gigantic magical peach. Inside the peach, James meets new and untraditional friends, and together they set sail for a fantastic journey.

* Roald Dahl's children's books have been frequently banned or challenged. * James and the Giant Peach has been at times challenged and banned in schools in the US for, among other things, mystical elements, sexual innuendo (there is reference to a spider licking her lips), profanity, references ... Read More »


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TheSandoz
Sep 10, 2017

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!.

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Rickylao
Sep 09, 2017

this book sucks you suck everyone sucks

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briannata
Jul 26, 2017

The book was extradonary! It's the best

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LightningTaco
Jun 30, 2017

After reading The Twits and James and the Giant Peach, I discovered that Roald Dahl has a unique a style in his writing. It is a good style and I like it when he uses weird words like whizzpopping or natterbox. I found it funny when Roald was describing James's aunt Ms. Sponge. "She was like a great white soggy overboiled cabbage".

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Angelica_7
Jul 27, 2016

This book is the best book ever and I like the bugs because they are nice. I like also like James because he is very smart.

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subinahn
Jun 23, 2016

This book is a good book. James finds a peach, well something. and it won;t stop growing

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ncruziqbal
Mar 25, 2016

I loved reading this book with my 11 year old daughter. The characters are fun, the story is engaging and the 'poems' are enjoyable to say out loud.

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sofann
Jul 12, 2015

As a fifteen year old I still found myself loving this book and reading it at a quick pace, bringing it wherever I went. What I liked the most about the book was how Roald Dahl never left out the strange, scary, gory details. He wanted kids to experience all aspects of life, all the laughter and happiness, but also the sadness, grief and horror that can be strung along. Great book - I'd recommend for any age!

dmakhkamova May 01, 2015

a really good book with funny characters I loved it

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TheBoosMom
Nov 07, 2014

Great read aloud book for elementary age kids.

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blue_tiger_2781
May 17, 2015

blue_tiger_2781 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

taupe_alligator_50 May 04, 2015

taupe_alligator_50 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 2 and 14

dmakhkamova May 01, 2015

dmakhkamova thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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4angela
Mar 18, 2014

4angela thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 99

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Juliana1213
Feb 16, 2014

Juliana1213 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 20 and 7

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Sep 16, 2013

red_rabbit_608 thinks this title is suitable for 3 years and over

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orange_monkey_482
Jun 24, 2013

orange_monkey_482 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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green_dog_1923 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 10

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4angela
Mar 18, 2014

Very nice book but has one bad word in it (that's why I think its for older kids) but still one of my favorite story's.(Fantasy adventure.)

vernessa7 May 27, 2013

James Henry trotter goes into a giant peach and there is oversized bugs in the peach, one of the bugs bit the stem off the tree and the peach rolled into the ocean,james harnessed seagulls to make them fly with the peach into the air and they landed in New york city . by michael

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StaceyLB
Apr 11, 2013

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.

Ninja_Kevin Jun 17, 2012

I have finished the book called, “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl a fantasy book. The central idea or main idea is that James is the protagonist. He lives with his aunt. He had some magical crystals. Then one night he dropped the magical crystals on an old tree and the tree transformed into a giant peach! Then James went to look for an entrance into the peach. When he had crawled inside he found Grasshopper, Ladybug, Centipede, Spider, Worm and more. When the stem of the peach broke off it rolled all the way down there Spider had to come up and spider web the seagulls otherwise they would all sink and die! With the seagulls help and the Spiders help they have survived. Later the seagulls drop them off at the top of the Empire state building, at the top. The cops were at the base and 3 of them fainted. What will happen next?

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4angela
Mar 18, 2014

Coarse Language: Bad word in a nice book!

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StaceyLB
Apr 11, 2013

" '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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