James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach

 Genre: Fiction, Childrens, Adventure, Fantasy

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James’s aunts call him names, beat and starve him and make his life a misery. If only his parents hadn’t been eaten by an escaped rhinoceros, he wouldn’t be in this mess. But one day he meets a man who gives him a bag of magic crocodile tongues and so begins the adventure of his dreams.

Pretty much everyone has heard of Roald Dahl and if you haven’t where have you been?!

This book is a lovely childrens adventure story which follows a young boy called James whose parents have died therefore he has to go and live with his two Aunts not far from his old home however they treat him awfully and he is not allowed to leave the area surrounding the house or have any friends or toys. Then he gets given a bag of magic crocodile tongues and unfortunately drops them onto the floor around an old peach tree. From there a giant peach grows (bet you never suspected that from the title) and James then starts his adventure with the giant peach and various other animals that have also been affected by the magic.

This is a really fun story and shows how much of an imagination Dahl had, children (as well as adults) can easily picture the scenes in the book and it just makes it so magical. Each of the characters has such a different and unique personality that it really makes the book special.

It is a lovely book which I think children (and adults) of all ages can enjoy. It has such a vivid description of the world and the different things that the characters encounter and shows just how fun adventures can be.

Rating: 4/5

Summing up: A magical childrens tale


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