Fifty Year Old Peach Great as Always

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Roald Dahl's classic book "James and the Giant Peach" is a very good book that will make you never want to put the it down.

Roald Dahl's classic book "James and the Giant Peach" is a very good book that will make you never want to put the it down. It's celebrating the 50th anniversary of when it was published. It all starts when James's parents get eaten by a giant rhinoceros and poor James is forced to live with his nasty aunts. Aunt Spiker is as thin as a needle and Aunt Sponge is as plump as a blueberry. Then along comes a strange man with small little creatures. He gives them to James and says that they will make his life much better. Unfortunately, James drops them and they sink into the ground. Then on an old peach tree that has never once had a peach, there appears a peach. It seems to never stop growing! Finally the peach is taller than the tree it was growing on.

 

James later goes into the peach and finds seven life size creatures, the Centipede, the Old Green Grasshopper, Miss Spider, the Earthworm, the Ladybug, the Silkworm, and the Glowworm. James becomes friends with these fantastic creatures, and once they set the peach free from the branch, they're off rolling down the hill escaping the horrible aunts! They run into some problems on their adventure such as being surrounded by cloud men throwing hail. Will they make it to their dream home, die, or be stuck in the peach forever?

 

I loved this book, however there were a few choice words that some people may find inappropriate. This chapter book has lots of funny black and white illustrations by Quentin Blake. It is published by the Penguin Group. If you've seen the movie and liked it then you will like the book. Since Dahl is one of my favorite authors, I have read many of his books.

 

If you like James and the Giant Peach, then you will probably like all of his others such as "Matilda,""Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," and "The BFG."