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James and the Giant Peach Hardcover – 3 October 2016
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About the Author
Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG and many more brilliant stories. He remains THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE STORYTELLER.
Quentin Blake has illustrated more than three hundred books and was Roald Dahl's favourite illustrator. In 1980 he won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. In 1999 he became the first ever Children's Laureate and in 2013 he was knighted for services to illustration.
- ASIN : 014136159X
- Publisher : Penguin; Latest edition (3 October 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780141361598
- ISBN-13 : 978-0141361598
- Item Weight : 228 g
- Dimensions : 13.8 x 1.8 x 20.4 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Best Sellers Rank: #48,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in India on 10 February 2019
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James Henry Trotter, 4 years old, lives with his loving parents in a beautiful cottage by the sea in the south of England, until his parents are killed by an escaped rhinoceros during a shopping trip in London.
As a result, James is forced to live with his two cruel aunts, Spiker and Sponge, in a run-down house on a high, desolate hill . For four years, James is treated as a slave, forced to do hard labour, beaten for hardly any reason, improperly ate, and forced to sleep on bare floorboards.
One summer afternoon, James stumbles across a mysterious old man, who gives him magic green "crocodile tongues" which, when drunk with water, will bring him happiness and great adventures. On the way to the house, James spills the "tongues" onto a barren peach tree, which then produces a single peach that quickly grows to nearly the size of a house. The aunts then sell tickets to neighbours to see the giant peach.
When night comes, the aunts send James to collect rubbish thrown out by the crowd; but he discovers a tunnel, which leads to secret room inside the peach's seed, band of human- sized, talking creatures (a grasshopper, centipede, earthworm, spider, ladybug, silkworm, and a glow-worm ). These then become James' company in his adventure. Upon his arrival, the Centipede bites through the stem of the peach, whereupon it rolls down the hill, crushing Spiker and Sponge on the way. It rolls through villages, houses, and a famous chocolate factory before falling off the cliffs into the sea. James and the bugs came out to find them floating in the sea, but manage to hold themselves on the delicious flesh of the peach. Hours later, the peach is surrounded by sharks. Using the Earthworm as hook, James and the others of the peach hook the five hundred seagulls to the peach from the nearby islands,
Now, the peach crosses the Atlantic Ocean. At one incident… but in this excitement it falls into the ocean and is rescued by James. That night, thousands of feet in the air, the giant peach floats through mountain-like, moonlit clouds, where the friends discover the ghostly "Cloud-Men", who control the weather. As the Cloud-Men form hailstones to throw down to the world below, the Centipede insults them, and an army of Cloud-Men pelt the giant peach with hail. They escape and then encounter a rainbow which they smash through. One Cloud-Man pours a tin of "rainbow paint" onto the Centipede, briefly turning him into a statue before he is freed by a Cloud-Man who pours water on him. One Cloud-Man almost boards the peach by climbing down the silken strings tied to the stem, which the Centipede severs to release him. Thereafter the friends approach New York City; whereupon the military, police, fire department, and rescue services are all called, and people flee to air raid shelters and subway stations, believing the city is about to be destroyed.
A huge passenger jet flies past the giant peach, and severs the silken strings connecting the seagulls to the peach, which is then impaled upon the tip of the Empire State Building. The people on the 86th floor at first believe the inhabitants of the giant peach to be monsters; but when James explains his story, the people come James and his friends as heroes. The remains of the giant peach are brought down to the streets, where it took by the town's children, and its seed is based as a mansion in Central Park, where James lives,
Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 10 February 2019
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James And The Giant Peach is one of my favourite books that have been made by Roald Dahl, just because of the way its been written. It's like you're actually there on the peach with them. Also, the characters actually have some detailed personalities between each of them. My favourite character is Centipede, he's honestly a really funny character and always makes me laugh.
The best part of the story was when they went through the clouds and saw the Cloud-Men. After they saw them, Centipede started insulting them, which was hilarious.
The plot of the story was amazing, and it actually made me feel like I was there in person. Also one of my other favourite parts was when he met the "creatures" that had eaten the green crystal-like orbs that dug into the ground.
Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker also are two very "interesting" characters, that both boss James around to do stuff that needs doing (that mind you, he doesn't want to do).
Overall very interesting story. Highly recommend for readers who like books that have a detailed storyline.
There you go, my son enjoyed it and I hope you all enjoyed reading his review!
AmazonCustomer 0141365455 040322#0
One of the advantages of having children is that you get to enjoy reading the children's classics again, and pick up the subtleties you missed the first time.
Read to your kids, it's good for them and for you, and I'm addressing you dad's out there!