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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
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‘James and the Giant Peach’ by Roald Dahl is a classic children’s novel about a boy named James who embarks on an epic adventure on a giant peach. James lives with his cruel aunts after the sudden death of his parents and is mysteriously given a magical potion from an old man, which James accidently spills on a peach tree. This starts a reaction, which causes an ordinary peach to grow to the size of a house, where James magical adventure takes off with talking insects and an army of cloud men. The Peach lands in New York City where James becomes famous, happy and lives in the giant peach stone gaining many friends.

This novel is brilliantly written by grabbing the attention of the reader and inspiring children’s imagination with interesting characters and a happy ending.

This book is suitable for KS2 and could be in the book corner for independent reading or linked with Literacy to try and encourage children’s imagination. Children can write a postcard/letter pretending they are on board the giant peach while it is flying in the sky. They can write about what they can see, hear or smell and mention any danger or unusual places they have been to or encountered.
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