James and the Giant Peach
When James Henry Trotter 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. Then James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit, and when he crawls inside, he meets a bunch of marvelous oversized fr...more
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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, and while it wasn't *awful,* it was just... Meh. I...more
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 you always place yourself within the story, and I...more
Karena gue membayangkan buah peach kalengan raksasa, dengan warna oranye yang mengilap, tekstur buah yang lembut, air gula yang lengket, serta kadar gula yang sangat tinggi dan sanggup membunuh seekor brontosaurus karena terserang diabetes melitus secara mendadak.
Atau brontosaurusnya hidup tapi cuma boleh makan kentang rebus seumur hidup.
Tapi gapapa, karena brontosaurus cuma makan sayuran.
Tapi selama beberapa tahun kedepan, si brontosaurusn...more
He must be thee most famous writer. This tale of a boy escaping two bad ladies into a world of make believe via a giant peach is full of fun and thrilling moments. His writing so well done, the vocabulary at times i...more
I borrowed it from the library because it was on the most-commonly-banned-books-in-America shelf and I wondered how the author of Charlie an...more
Tips Of My Hat:
~James is a cool-ass kid. The poverty/orphan combo that Dahl uses to play up how much we l...more
I took this advice this past Saturday, spurred on by a bad mood, a recent conversation with a friend and Roald Dahl, and a recent comment thread here on Goodreads recommending books for young, intelligent readers. It was amazing how much fun it was to leave the library with a stack of ten-odd books, a mix of old favorites (hel...more
Anyway, it's amazing how this book makes things as scary as giant insects fun and reassuring. It didn't work in general, but I was rather fond of Miss Spider. I smiled at the tiny bit of education about insects and their uses that gets worked into the story...
James' aunts are horribly frightening, as are most of Dahl's adult villains. I was also not into insects as a child. The idea of James in a peach with enormous bugs was not very palatable, and the ending - the peach house, right? - seems grotesque.
I do enjoy these aspects of Dahl (the adult villains, the surreal plots), but I've nev...more
Soon, the tree grows the most enormous peach ever and the aunts make a bunch of money selling tickets to see it. James finds a hidden tunnel that leads to the center of th...more
Really, really cute story of a child that finds some unusual friends and adventures. I laughed out loud several times, specially with the centipede. If you're going to read this to your children though, just note that at some point the peach is confused with a giant bomb which is something you may want to keep in mind given the news lately. It's solved quickly and all ends well but I figured I should warn you anyway.
Jeremy Irons was simply WONDERFUL with the narration. It gave me th...more
I never read Dahl as a child -- I'm not sure why. Maybe he just wasn't in vogue then...I really don't even remember seeing his books on the shelves when I was little.
But better late than never. This episodic adventure of a boy and his mutant fruit proved...more
Comments while reading:
"How come his parents are killed by that rhino? Why did the zoo let him escape?"
"The aunts are soo UGLY!"
"I think the centipede doesn't really have 100 legs, but we only think that he does. He's a pest anyway."
"So, all the soil in this world is made of worm poop? Yuck, that's gross!"
"Okay. So Miss Spider is useful because she catches bad insects like mosquitos and flies, but I don't want her to make webs all over my bedroom. It's...more
You will be introduced to an arrogant Centipede who has great sense of humor and a Earthworm who is happy only when he's gloomy. And what a...more
Peter got it for the kids for Christmas, and I was nervous because I remembered this as being really scary and strange. Its a little harsh (the mean Aunts get squished and centipede at one point recites a poem revelling in this fact), but it is such a great story and so well read and the harshness doesn't seem to bother the kids (I'm not sure that's a good thing, but there it...more
james is a lonely little boy until the day a strange old man gives him a bag full of magic. sadly james loses the magic before he can work it on himself and he believes all is lost...and then he realizes that it isn't. love love love love love.
To me, Dahl's imagination and writing has always been something of awe to me. I have always, always, always been in awe whilst readin...more
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Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as "A Piece of Cake". The story, about his wartime a...more