Ride along on the adventure of a lifetime as James travels across the ocean on a giant peach with his new giant bug friends. This fantastic tale will delight and fill you with wonder.
James and the Giant Peach is an imaginative classic that we inspire young readers. It’s filled with interesting characters and high fun adventure.
James and the Giant Peach
Author: Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Lane Smith
Paperback: 144 pages
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook
It begins with the orphan James being sent off to live with his two aunts after his parents died. They are selfish, lazy, and nasty women. Neither of them treat him with any love or kindness. He is not allowed out of the yard at all. One day when they were forcing him to work in the garden while they lounged and drank lemonade, James met a mysterious, old man. He gives James a bag of green, magic crystals that he promised would make him never miserable again.
Thrilled at the amazing opportunity, James runs off towards the house to use them right away. But along the way he trips under an old peach tree, dropping the magic stones across the yard. Then before he could pick them up, they all sank into the ground. They were lost right after he got them.
But no sooner was James setting back to work when his aunts noticed a peach magically growing from the old, dead tree. Then before their very eyes, the single peach grew and grew. Soon it was larger than a melon. It continued to grow larger and larger until it was as large as the tree itself. Everyone around soon heard the news and clamored to see the unusual sight. His horrible aunts reveled in the limelight and charged people for tickets to see it.
Then one night when James snuck out into the garden, he discovered a small hole in the bottom of the peach. Naturally, he climbed in and explored as any young boy would do. Inside he found a small room with the most unusual characters. There were giant insects that talked like you and me, including a grasshopper, a ladybug, a spider, a centipede, a silkworm, and an earthworm. He quickly made friends with them.
The next morning with James still inside, the giant peach broke off from the tree and started rolling down the hill. It rolled all the way to the ocean and out to see. And James and his new friends set off on a magical journey together.
This book is a pure delight to read. I especially loved all of the silly songs the characters sang throughout. If you only have time to read one Roald Dahl book, this is the one.