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James and the Giant Peach

By Roald Dahl (3)

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach begins when a raging rhino eats James Henry Trotter’s parents, sending James to live with his old aunts. They enslave, confine and neglect James, leaving him lean, lonely and longing for friends. One day, an old man gives James a bag of magic green grains, with instructions to dissolve them in water and drink them as an antidote to his misery. In his excitement to get to the house and mix his magic miasma, James trips and falls, scattering the contents of the bag beneath a barren peach tree in the garden. The green grains work their magic and the tree produces a mammoth peach, which the greedy aunts then charge neighbors to see. One night, they lock James out of the house, and he crawls through a hole in the peach. Inside the pit, Old-Green-Grasshopper, Miss Spider, Ladybug, Centipede, Earthworm, and Glow-worm have been waiting for him. They bicker with each other, but speak kindly to James, and prepare a soft spun bed for him. After a good night’s sleep, the new friends dislodge the peach and roll away from the ramshackle house, over the awful aunts, and into exciting adventures! Dahl’s characteristically hilarious and witty writing style has created a lovable story for the young, as well as the young at heart, and the tale’s absurd and wonderful details will delight readers.

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