James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

Until he was four years old, James Henry Trotter had a happy life.

Plot

When James 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. When James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit and crawls inside, he meets wonderful new friends–the Old-Green-Grasshopper, the dainty Ladybug, and the Centipede of the multiple boots. After years of feeling like an outsider in his aunts’ house, James finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach household starts rolling away–and the adventure begins!

Review

James’ life isn’t easy. It used to be great but then his parents were eaten by a rhinoceros and he was sent to live with his two terrible aunts. A stranger with a bag of magic crystals offers him a way out but when he drops them, his hopes are gone. Except they work and a giant peach starts to grow on the old peach tree and James is swept on a wonderful adventure.

There was an Old-Green-Grasshopper as large as a large dog sitting directly across the room from James now.

And next to the Old-Green-Grasshopper, there was an enormous Spider.

And next to the Spider, there was a giant Ladybird with nine black spots on her scarlet shell.

I loved this book, it was so wonderfully whimsical. The bugs living in the peach tree all had their own character and they were great and fun to read about. I loved how they worked together to survive their adventures. I loved their friendship.

It’s also a highly imaginative book. They meet cloud people, vicious sharks and terrified people who think the giant peach is a bomb. It was such a fun read.

Conclusion

A wonderful, whimsical and sweet children’s book.

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