Thursday, December 20, 2012

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Title: James and the Giant Peach
Author: Roald Dahl
Publication Date: 1961
Length: 160 pages

I've always loved the movie adaptation of James and the Giant Peach, but since my childhood was strangely lacking Roald Dahl books, I just read the book for the first time. One thing I noticed was the the movie was quite true to the book in this case.

James is an orphan, living with his two horrible aunts, Sponge and Spiker. A mysterious man gives James some magic crystals that will make marvelous things happen to him, but James accidentally drops them on the roots of an old peach tree that doesn't grow any peaches. But then, the magic works on the tree, and it grows a giant peach. Inside the peach, James finds several giant insects, and when the peach breaks off the tree, they go on an adventure! (I love Roald Dahl.)

This story is typical, fun Roald Dahl. The characters are lovable, the illustrations by Quentin Blake are delightful as always, and the adventure is exciting. Any kid or adult would love this book.

5 stars.

This book counts for the Mount TBR Reading Challenge.

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