I read James and the Giant Peach when I was 12.
I was actually searching for Nancy Drew books at our school library at that time when I came across this book with its funny cover of a boy with insects as big as him. Curious, I forgot about the books I looked for and sat down to read the book all in one sitting. It has become a favorite ever since.
And just recently, when I came across Chalie and the Chocolate Factory, I suddenly got the urge to read it again and revisit the funny adventure that introduced me to the witty, literary genius Roald Dahl.
The book is an easy read, sad at first but downright engaging and past-faced as the chapters roll by.
The protagonist, James Henry Trotter seems to be a very unlucky boy, being orphaned at a young age and living with two mean aunts. James could easily pass as the little boy version of Cinderella what with the ill-treatment he received from his aunts.
But some magic crystals soon changed the boy’s life one day and a giant peach grew out of the tree in their yard.
James somehow ended up inside the giant peach and befriended the talking bugs and insects who were as large as him. And as the peach grew bigger, it snapped off the stem and away, rolled James and his insect friends inside the giant peach, leaving his two mean aunts flattened as the peach roll down their yard. I could say Roald Dahl is so good at giving punishments to bad characters in his stories and he really didn’t fail me in this one. I’m mean all right, but they are just so mean to poor little James that I can’t help it.
As the peach rolled away, James and his new-found friends quickly found themselves in a rather unpredictable journey and series of adventures.
May it be on sea or above in the air, through crazy shark escapades, learning about the weather, and being deemed as intruders from outer space in New York, the diverse crew of the giant peach, buckle down readers to join their wildly entertaining adventures.
Throughout their journey, James soon distinguished himself as a clever boy and an able leader to his fellow voyagers which they openly admired. It is quite fun to follow their adventures and one just can’t put the book down until the end. Readers will surely want to finish the book to know how their journey ended and the ending wouldn’t surely disappoint those who believe James deserve his very own safe place in the world.
Just as how concerned the readers will be for our little hero, they will also be wondering what will happen to his friends. And indeed, this book will really make you nod and smile to see how they are aptly given their happy endings.
I absolutely recommend this book to be read to or by children. It has the elements of a delightful adventure, original characters, an ingenious plot and off-beat narration that will surely tickle the minds of your little ones.
Quite an imaginative tale, this book is not one to disappoint readers.