Author: Roald Dahl
A little magic can take you a long way.
After James Henry Trotter’s parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life there is no fun, until James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree and 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. Inside, James meets a bunch of oversized friends—Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, and more. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the great adventure begins!
Back last year I re-read Matilda and I thought it was about time to go back in time and read another Roald Dahl book from my Childhood. That book was James and the Giant Peach.
I loved following the journey as the peach grew and the magical journey it takes James and the large insects on. It’s a journey that you probably wouldn’t experience any other way except by a very large peach. Bobbing in the ocean and flying high in the sky.
How much would I give to play around in Dahl’s imagination? So many different ideas that jump seamlessly from one to another to form a coherent journey with an emphasis on friendship and adventure – perfect!
Of course Roald likes someone to root against as well as for. And we briefly get this with the aunts who are like a modern day version of the ugly sisters. Spiteful and selfish – it’s easy to hop straight on the dislike train with them.
The writing of course is Roald Dahl through and through, third person and it feels like Roald is telling you the story himself, it has a personality and makes you want to read on and on.
And lets not forget the brilliant illustrations by Quentin Blake – reinforcing the words as well as bringing a smile to my face.
Well worth a second read (or third, fourth, fifth…..), full of humour, adventure and friendship – brilliant!