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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake is a great book if you want to be entertained, or are starting to read chapter books. This book, published in 1961, is one of the most famous books worldwide to this day. It is a fictional-fantasy story and has a child-friendly plot. I would say the book is good for anyone from 8 to 14 years old.
James and the Giant Peach is a very descriptive book and makes it easy to imagine the scenes. This story starts off in London, England, in the countryside in James’s aunt’s house. Later on, James meets bugs inside the peach. The peach then ends up in the Atlantic Ocean and arrives in America.
James is the protagonist. His friends are giant bugs named Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Earthworm, Spider, and Ladybug. Although these bugs can be impatient, they cooperate with James and are friendly to him.
James is a curious orphan who was trapped with his cruel aunts for many years. One day, his aunts went to their garden and found an enormous peach on one of the trees. The aunts locked him outside of the house for some time as punishment, and that's when he spotted the giant peach. He examined the peach and found a big hole. Big enough for James to fit in it. He stepped into the hole and found the seed of the peach. The seed of the peach opened. James went inside where he met his future friends. Unfortunately, not after long, the peach started rolling, and rolling, and rolling. And that’s how his adventure begins.
James and the Giant Peach is filled with descriptive scenes and vivid words like “hurtled” or “plunged” which makes the book fun to read. It is very easy to imagine and feels like you're in the story itself. This novel is similar to other Roald Dahl books such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Both books are easy to picture and have fun words in them such as “scrumptious”, “delectable”, or “enraptured”. The common theme can be that karma comes around.
Even though James was treated poorly by his aunts, he doesn’t become bitter or mean spirited. He still helped out the bugs. This shows that you can help out people and make friends even when it seems like you can’t. The theme of James and the Giant Peach relates to my life when I switched schools in fifth grade. I thought I wouldn’t be able to make friends or have fun. Soon someone did end up making friends with me, and then I had hope about making more friends. In just a little bit of time, I was having a lot of fun during recess and had many friends.
James And The Giant Peach is one of my favourite books that have been made by Roald Dahl, just because of the way its been written. It's like you're actually there on the peach with them. Also, the characters actually have some detailed personalities between each of them. My favourite character is Centipede, he's honestly a really funny character and always makes me laugh.
The best part of the story was when they went through the clouds and saw the Cloud-Men. After they saw them, Centipede started insulting them, which was hilarious.
The plot of the story was amazing, and it actually made me feel like I was there in person. Also one of my other favourite parts was when he met the "creatures" that had eaten the green crystal-like orbs that dug into the ground.
Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker also are two very "interesting" characters, that both boss James around to do stuff that needs doing (that mind you, he doesn't want to do).
Overall very interesting story. Highly recommend for readers who like books that have a detailed storyline.
..................................... There you go, my son enjoyed it and I hope you all enjoyed reading his review!