James and the Giant Peach

Category: Book
Illustrated By: Blake, Quentin
By (author): Dahl, Roald
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
  JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Published: August 2007
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 7.75in x 5.06in x 0.44in
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From The Publisher*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!
From The Publisher*

James Henry Trotter is a lonely nine-year old orphan who lives with his greedy aunts, Sponge and Spiker. James dreams of going to New York City; a place, his father told him, where dreams come true. One day, a mysterious old man presents James with a bag of magic, glowing crocodile tongues. When James spills them on the barren peach tree next to his home, a peach appears on the branch and grows to epic proportions. That evening, James sneaks out for a bite of the peach and discovers a tunnel leading inside. Entering it, he encounters a group of amazing insects, who will become his friends and take him on a magical journey to the place of his dreams.

Review Quote*"This newly-illustrated edition of an avowed children's favorite has all the makings of a classic match-up: Milne had Shepard, Carroll had Tenniel, and now Dahl has Smith...author and illustrator were made for each other, and it's of little consequence that it took almost 35 years for them to meet" --Kirkus.  
Biographical NoteRoald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter-pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more brilliant stories. He remains the World's No.1 storyteller.

Sir Quentin Blake, the first-ever Children's Laureate of the United Kingdom, has illustrated nearly 300 books, including most of Roald Dahl's children's books. He lives in London.