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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
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Mar 05, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: animals, children, fantasy-and-science-fiction, illustrated-books, movies-and-tv
Recommended for: Children of all ages
Read from February 26 to March 04, 2012 , read count: 1

"James and the Giant Peach" is a truly contemporary fairy tale. James' initial plight and dreadful life with his two disagreeable and cruel aunts gives way to a wonderful adventure that is full of magic, yet doesn't shy away from putting his charming protagonist into real danger, before he earns the happy ending of all true fairy tales. Although Dahl had not quite reached full mastery of the art of writing a fairy tale (the "weird" stranger who gives James the "magic beans" and sets him on his marvelous journey is not quite as convincing and eerie as Willy Wonka, for example), this a most delightful book, full of wild adventures and lovable characters: I would dare to say that even those repulsed by insects in real life can be charmed by James' friends, from the shy Silkworm, to the "pest" Centipede.
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