James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach

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,...


Details James and the Giant Peach

TitleJames and the Giant Peach
ISBN9780375814242
Author
Release DateSep 10th, 2002
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
LanguageEnglish
GenreChildrens, Fantasy, Fiction, Classics
Rating

Reviews James and the Giant Peach

  • Darth J
    2015-08-21
    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...
  • Muna
    2008-08-04
    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 th...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2016-07-18
    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!
  • Lynda
    2013-06-14
    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...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2012-07-28
    James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl عنوانها: جیمز و هلوی غول پیکر؛ جیمز و هلوی سحرآمیز؛ هلوی غول پیکر؛ نویسنده: رولد دال؛ انتشاراتیها: سازمان تبلیغات، ژرف نگر؛ نوید شیراز، نشر مرکز، کاروان، افق، کارگاه سپاس، سایه بان هنر، تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و هفتم دسامبر سا...
  • James
    2016-09-05
    Book Review James 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 h...
  • Mariah
    2014-10-29
    2017 is the year of reading Roald Dahl for me! I'm trying to read all his books that I can get my hands on plus reread all the books I've previously read of his :)When I read this book a very long time ago I rated in 3 stars. I think as an adult I enjoyed reading this book more than I did as a child. James accidentally drops some magic crystals by an old peach tree. This causes the peach at the top of the tree to grow huge!! James enters the frui...
  • Hannah Greendale
    2017-02-10
    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. James Henry Trotter is forced to live with his dreadful Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker after his beloved parents are killed in a tragic incident with a rhinoceros. There's no place as dreary and lonely as the house atop the hill where he lives with his aunts. James suspects his bad luck will change after a mysterious man arrives and offers him a bag of magic cr...
  • Matt
    2011-08-05
    I have always been taught to start at the beginning, which seemed like sage advice when I wanted to explore some of the children's stories that Roald Dahl crafted over his long and illustrious career. Choosing this work, apparently his first stab at children's literature, proved highly entertaining and a wonderful way to spend a few hours. After an accident claims the life of his parents, young James Henry Trotter is sent to live with his wicked ...
  • Miranda Reads
    2017-11-09
    The title says it all - a boy and his oversized fruit, out for adventures and mayhem! From what I remember as a child (and I had only ever watched the movie), there's a giant fruit, several slightly scary bugs of questionable character and green glowy wormy things.As I (finally) read the book, my scattered memories fell into place. James lives with two terrible old women whose main form of parenting is verbal abuse and infringement of child labo...
  • Ammara Abid
    2017-03-20
  • Patrick
    2014-01-24
    I'm going to be completely honest here. I didn't like this book. Usually, if I don't care for a book, I keep schtum about it here. Not only is it not as much fun to talk about books I didn't like, but bad-mouthing other author's books is pretty rude. But, given that Dahl has passed on, and a fair number of people ask me for book recommendations for their kids. I figured I'd chime in with my opinion about this one. I recently read it with my son, ...
  • midnightfaerie
    2013-01-02
    I read James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl with my five year old. We had just finished Charlotte's Web and I was looking for chapter books I could enjoy as well. And I knew we had the movie so we could watch it when we were done. It turned out to be a great choice. Dahl uses the cliffhanger method at the end of almost every one of his chapters, and each chapter is only a page or two long. That combined with great illustrations, made for a win...
  • Amy Talluto
    2007-08-03
    A funny, dark and poetic book. I read this after seeing a documentary about Roald Dahls' life and hearing some of the book's passages narrated within the perspective of his time cramped up in a WWII bomber plane as a bombardier (he was very tall). The peach represents the polar opposite of being in a noisy and clattering war plane, manning a gun and always under the threat of death. The peach is a peaceful, sweet and quiet flying machine.
  • Fatima
    2017-11-11
    ابتدای داستان خیلی خیلی شبیه داستان سیندرلا هست منتها شخصیت اصلی داستان اینجا پسر و زیر دست عمه های بدجنسش زندگی میکند و ... پایان شیرینش و شخصیت هایی از حشرات غول آسای مهربان که در کنار جیمز یاریش میکردند و یک عدد هلوی خوشمزه ی واقعا بزرگ ، دلگرمی خو...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    2014-09-28
    James Henry Trotter is a sweetie, and I absolutely adore this kid and his garden-friendly insect friends. The illustrations are so cute.After enduring abusive aunts for three years who despise James after they agreed to raise him from the age of four when his parents died, James meets a mysterious man in the garden who gives him a bag of magical rice-sized crystals. He spills the crystals accidentally near his aunts' sad peach tree losing every o...
  • mark monday
    2011-10-30
    used to dream of being James. had my special favorites amongst all the talking insects, but really they were all my favorites. also used to look at animal encyclopedias and write lists of my favorite animals. then I'd imagine going on an Incredible Journey with them. animals are so much better than people!
  • Marnie Krüger
    2016-12-06
    I love how Roald Dahl can transport you; can make your imagination come alive.He makes you feel like a kid again!I've read a lot of his work as a child, but never this one. SO it was my first time. And I loved it.
  • lydia
    2017-08-28
    “'My dear young fellow,' the Old-Green-Grasshopper said gently, 'there are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven't started wondering about yet.'”*4.5 starsQuite creepy, quite funny, quite whimsical and cute, James and The Giant Peach might not be as good as Matilda or as magical as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but Roald Dahl, master storyteller, never disappoints. James Henry Trotter is about to embark on the adventure ...
  • Sara Kamjou
    2016-07-11
    خوب بود دنیای جالبی داشت اما از اونجایی که شباهتاش به چارلی و آسانسور شیشهای خیلی زیاد بود یه جاهایی تکراری بود روندش. به هر در مل لذتبخش بود.-----------------------------------بخشهای ماندگار کتاب:شاید ما غرق نمیشدیم! شاید هم آنقدر ترسیده بودیم که فکر میکردیم داریم ...
  • Meli
    2016-07-09
    Muy tierno y entretenido.No es lo mejor de Roald, pero sí una excelente aventura.
  • Jeanette
    2010-11-08
    I've never visited Central Park, but if I ever do, I'll be watching for the giant peach pit where James Henry Trotter settled happily after his wild excursion. I knew I liked this book as a kid but I couldn't remember the details of the story. The thing that stayed in my mind all these years was the feeling of claustrophobia when James makes his way inside the peach and finds all the giant, friendly creepy-crawlies inside the peach pit. As a kid ...
  • Joey Woolfardis
    2016-04-03
    Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003.The only way to describe this book is "fun". Yeah, it's got whimsy and adventure and imagination and some very Dahlian deaths and the Horrible People with their Horrible Traits, but it's not got that kind of wonderful spirit that some his other books have.Whilst I'd never say that adults should not read children's books, I personally haven't been gett...
  • Noel
    2017-09-16
    For some ridiculous reason, I never read any Roald Dahl when I was a kid. So now that my kids are at ages where they can enjoy his books, I’m super excited to be reading these with them. My oldest (6), loved this book. She’s declared it to be the best book ever. I also really enjoyed it, and would have read it myself even if I didn’t have kids. My four year old however was indifferent, she’s mostly excited to watch the movie. 😅The only...
  • Lauren Henderson
    2013-09-03
    This was my first re-read of James and the Giant Peach as an adult. It's still just as great. It's so quirky, and the end is so heartwarming! I can't wait to read it to my child one day. Sidenote: I never realized how many times the word "ass" is in this book. Ha.
  • R. Kitt
    2017-08-12
    Childhood favorite.
  • Ricquetta
    2012-09-07
    I remember when this book was read to me by my fifth grade teacher during our daily story time hour. I also remember hating that teacher because he played favorites to a group of girls that bullied me. However, despite my obvious distaste for the class and its inhabitants, I largely attribute that particular teacher for reading out to me some of my most favourite children's books; this particular Roald Dahl was one of them. In all honesty before ...
  • Alex
    2016-01-13
    Roald Dahl continues his mission to ruin your child by insisting that a man-sized centipede would not be the most horrifying thing in the world. Centipedes are nightmares, man. Wanna see a foot-long centipede hunting bats? Of course you don't, that's awful. Anyway, so here's a book about a kid who murders his legal guardians and takes off with his creepy friends. Along the way they meet magical people who make rainbows, and pick a fight with them...
  • Erika
    2016-01-21
    4 stelle e mezzo.
  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    2009-08-30
    Oh, childhood, Roald Dahl takes me right back. I will always love Roald Dahl's work, because of how much these books meant to me as a kid, not that they're not fun now, of course, but the experience really is not quite the same. Unlike with a lot of my childhood reads, dimmed to hazy memories, I have a strong recollection of my first time reading James and the Giant Peach. Much as I loved Roald Dahl (personal favorites being the BFG, The Witches,...