Written on: 29/01/2006 by Bojangles (143 reviews written)
Not too long, nor too short; in the middle.
Would make a great present for your 8 year old niece or nephew, or your 7 year old younger brother.
Has some really good, and funny rhyming songs, like most of Dahl's books, like Charlie and The Chocolate Factory - you can't forget those oompa loompas. Has pretty nice illustrations, as well.
At the moment, I can't think of any. Overall, this is a fairly good children's book, though I think Charlie and The Chocolate Factory or Matilda is better, and I would recommend that instead, but either way this book is still good.
James and The Giant Peach is about a young boy named James Henry Trotter, who, at the young age of 4, goes on to live with his 2 evil, ugly aunts, since his parents died (they got eaten by rhinoceroses). The 2 aunts, Aunt Sponge, the fat, bloated one, and Aunt Spiker, tall, skinny, and bony; the complete opposite - treat poor ol' James like he's nothing better than old dirty rags. They beat him, they call him by nasty names, they make him work all the time, they never let him go out, so he can't have any friends, and so on. Oh yes, a terrible life, it is indeed, for a small, young boy like James. He cries all the time, and I feel for him. Then one day, an old man walking with a cane gives him a bag of magic seeds, which, if he eats, his life will become great and magical, and James is certainly enthralled and eager, but the old man tells James, NOT to drop the seeds on the ground! And what does he do? He falls and spills the seeds all over the ground next to an old peach tree that doesn't give any peaches anymore.
But then, strange things begin to happen. The peaches on the tree begin to grow again. Even as big as the Titanic cruise ship! And when James finds himself actually entering the gigantic peach, he is both terrified and enthralled with what he sees inside. Bugs the size of himself! A Ladybug, a spider, a centipede, an earthworm, a grasshopper and so on. James makes friends with them, and finally, he finds himself in a place where he actually belongs, and is not a misfit or an outsider anymore.
But when the peach stem is snipped off from the tree, and begins to roll down the hill (in what direction or where it's leading, only God knows) is when the adventure begins!
This book is exactly 146 pages long, but since there are many illustrations, some, which take up whole pages in fact, the text count would amount to a lot less than 146 pages. I don't know the exact font size, but it's not too big, nor too small; right in the middle, which is perfect.
Overall, I thought this book is OK, not good, not great, not bad or terrible either. It's in the middle; it's average. It's really funny too, especially the songs in them, which kids will enjoy and giggle helplessly too. I don't know why I decided to read this in the first place; I'm not even a child anymore, but either way I did, just for the heck of it, and overall I am pretty glad I did, and I am left with a slight respect and admiration towards the author.
This book is one of Roald Dahl's most well known, including the other 2; Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Matilda, but this is not one of his better or best.
I would recommend Charlie or Matilda or The BFG instead, but either way, like I said before, this book is still pretty good, and would make a fine birthday or Christmas (or a just out of the blue) present for a younger sibling, preferably those who are below 10 years of age.