Mini Review of James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl


James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake (Illustrations)

Age Range: 7 and up
Grade Level: 2 and up
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (August 16, 2007)

Series: None

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Gift

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

A little magic can take you a long way.

After James Henry
Trotter’s parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live
with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life there is no fun,
until James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree
and 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. Inside, James
meets a bunch of oversized friends—Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, and
more. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the
great adventure begins!

About the Author:

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Llandaff, South Wales, and went to
Repton School in England. His parents were Norwegian, so holidays were
spent in Norway. As he explains in Boy, he turned down the idea of
university in favor of a job that would take him to”a wonderful faraway
place. In 1933 he joined the Shell Company, which sent him to Mombasa in
East Africa. When World War II began in 1939 he became a fighter pilot
and in 1942 was made assistant air attaché in Washington, where he
started to write short stories. His first major success as a writer for
children was in 1964. Thereafter his children’s books brought him
increasing popularity, and when he died children mourned the world over,
particularly in Britain where he had lived for many years.The BFG is
dedicated to the memory of Roald Dahls eldest daughter, Olivia, who died
from measles when she was seven – the same age at which his sister had
died (fron appendicitis) over forty years before. Quentin Blake, the
first Children’s Laureate of the United Kingdom, has illustrated most of
Roald Dahl’s children’s books.

My Thoughts:

Roald Dahl has written some of the most timeless children’s books. I
read James and the Giant Peach to my girls. It was the first time for
all of us, and it was a lot of fun. While it’s not my favorite book from
this author, it’s easy to see why it became a classic. It’s easy to
understand, yet it’s just as much fun for me to read as it is for my

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