James and the Giant Peach by Ronald Dahl
Roald Dahl’s children’s classic will be rediscovered with wonder and delight in this handsome gift edition with all-new black-and-white illustrations by Caldecott Honor Book artist Lane Smith (who also designed the characters for the Disney animated film). How James escapes from his miserable life with two nasty aunts and becomes a hero to his new insect family, including Miss Spider, the Old-Green-Grasshopper, the Centipede (with his 21 pairs of gorgeous boots), is Dahl-icious fantasy at its best”This newly-illustrated edition of an avowed children’s favorite has all the makings of a classic match-up: Milne had Shepard, Carroll had Tenniel, and now Dahl has Smith…author and illustrator were made for each other, and it’s of little consequence that it took almost 35 years for them to meet” –Kirkus.
Fantasy isn’t my favorite genre by any means, but this is a delightful and quirky AND funny tale of a boy with no friends who ends up on an adventure of a lifetime.
He(James) lives with 2 aunts (that you are guaranteed to dislike), and has an adventurous trip with several creatures (that you are guaranteed to love).
Not only is this book adventurous and funny, but it has an INCREDIBLE use of words in it! A teacher’s dream! 🙂
4 out of 5 stars