You can now place requests for physical library materials on this website. Be advised that items recently returned to the library may continue to appear on your account for a few days. For the safety of library customers and staff, returned materials are quarantined for a minimum of 96 hours before they are checked in. Please contact your local library for hold pickup instructions, or to ask any questions about returned items.

James and the giant peach : a children's story

by Dahl, Roald.

Format: Large Print 1988
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Available (1)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Library for the Blind Children's Large Print Books SSB FICTION Dahl, Ro CL 9066
Location  CLP - Library for the Blind
Collection  Children's Large Print Books
Call Number  SSB FICTION Dahl, Ro CL 9066
When James Henry Trotter 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. Then James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit, and when he crawls inside, he meets a bunch of marvelous oversized friends -- Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Miss Spider, and more. After years of feeling like an outsider in the house of his despicable Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, James has finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the exciting adventure begins!
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "James and the Giant Peach isn't Dahl's first book, but it is his first for children, and it suffers from some of the clunkiness of a debut. The introductions to James' bug companions are replete with didactic facts about insects and spiders, and Dahl glides over plot holes with an uneven pace, particularly when James and his friends encounter the Cloud Men, whose weather-making stymies the peach's seagull-propelled journey. The rhymes, which are so splendid in his later works, are occasionally haphazard. But, significantly, his moments of imaginative brilliance and iconic mean-spirited comedy are fantastic. The premise lonely orphan embarks on transatlantic flight on a piece of fruit with giant bug companions is a humdinger, and the sunshiney conclusion to the brilliant protagonist's travails is exactly the sort of happily-ever-after such a dreamlike fantasy requires. James' tyrannical aunts, Sponge and Spiker, are deliciously hateable, and their demise, when it finally arrives, is grotesque and gleefully gratifying. The lively banter among the bugs, particularly the salty bickering between Centipede and Worm, is particularly entertaining. Most of the novel's high points are glimmers of what makes Dahl's later works so great, and perhaps it's only through the lens of his body of work that those moments really shine. Though it might not hold up as well as some of his other children's novels, this one, reprinted here in a collectible hardcover with a charming peach-colored typeface, is notable for being his first and offering a tantalizing glimpse of the absurdity and black humor to come.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Lane Smith trades stinky cheese for fantastic fruit with his black-and-white illustrations for Roald Dahl's classic 1961 novel, James and the Giant Peach. The reissue is timed to coincide with the release of the Disney animated motion picture based on Smith's suitably subversive visual interpretation. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Series ISIS large print books
Subjects Large type books.
Publisher Oxford :Clio Press,1988
Language English
Notes "Windrush."
Originally published: New York : Knopf, 1961.
Description 136 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm.
ISBN 1850899312 :
Other Classic View