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THEN James ends up crawling inside of the peach, meets some human sized bugs and is rolling off into the horizon to better days. My favourite character was Mrs. Spider because she is kind-hearted and acted as a caring mother figure towards James. He keeps on crawling until he reaches the center of the peach. Bookworm1858 recently posted..The Impersonator, I remember loving this book as a kid and reading it often. I'm 31, and even I enjoyed it! On one particularly bad day, Henry hides behind some bushes and meets a strange old man who gives him some magic crystals (green glowing pellet things), which he is supposed to drink (mixed with water and ten of his own hairs), but of course he promptly trips and spills them on the ground under an ancient and withered peach tree. When he had crawled inside he found Grasshopper, Ladybug, Centipede, Spider, Worm and more. Meanwhile this book left a permanent mark on me in that I find it very very difficult to kill spiders. Indian And Gator Girl Dahl makes sure that each of his insect characters has a distinct personality of his or her own; the centipede is a snarky showoff, the earthworm a constant worrier, the grasshopper wise and serene, the silkworm a quiet nonentity, Miss Spider sweet and caring, the ladybug warm and maternal, the glowworm mainly concerned with keeping her light going. The character design is gross and makes me uncomfortable. Roald Dahl has opened up his imagination and now he loves nothing more than to write his own little books...most of which have plots similar to the Dahl books we have read. Also? We do seem to love the story of a child whose life is so miserable that it begs for a magical rescue and an exciting, dangerous and hair raising adventure. Bought this for my granddaughter. by michael. He meets seven oversized insects who turn out to have swallowed some of the tiny little things that James had spilled. "), and songs done in a kind of "Alice of Wonderland" meets Broadway style: "I've eaten many strange and scrumptious dishes in my time, Like jellied gnats and dandyprats and earwigs cooked in slime, And mice with rice-they're really nice/When roasted in their prime. I can’t remember if I’ve ever read this book or only seen the movie… XD Either way, the story’s good! It should not surprise us, then, that this peach tree immediately produces a glorious magnificent peach. This books genre is adventure and fantasy. Journey across the ocean with little James, the Old Green Grasshopper, Mr. Earthworm, Mrs. Ladybug, Miss Spider, Mr. Centipede, the Glow-worm, and the Silkworm in this mesmerizing tale that is as much for adults as children. The book arrived on time and the cover is lovely. I found it funny when Roald was describing James's aunt Ms. Sponge. Can’t believe it was ever a banned books. taptrap12 Top Contributor: Cross-Stitch Have class set of books and like for students to follow along in the book and listen which is so helpful as they learn to be better readers! The spider, polite and soft-spoken, makes beds for James and all of the other insects as a stereotypical mother would. All in all, it's a peach of a book sure to be the pick of every child's bookshelf! Of course, because I am lazy as heck, I’ve waited until September to review this whimsical, awesome book that was one of my childhood favorites. Roald Dahl uses the talking, oversized insects to represent the various ingredients of a healthy life, which James was missing when living with his aunts. 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). LOL! With happiness and grief mixed into one, this a children's book that allows the reader to experience it all! Dahl has lots of word play ("Oh, just look at the vermicious gruesome face! My granddaughter loves this story probably boosted because her grade school drama dept just did this as a stage production so naturally we had to have the book too! This classic work hardly needs MY seal of approval at this late date, but I just wanted all the adults out there to know that this might be a fun read for them, too. One day a giant peach grew from their, once barren, peach tree, and James found a hole in it big enough for him to climb through. This fanciful book's old-fashioned style and content almost feels as if it were written at the turn of the 19th Century, and the James' initial misery recalls Dickens. With the seagulls help and the Spiders help they have survived. From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG comes the story of a young boy on a magical adventure. He has the ability to treat the horrible and ghastly with a light touch, sometimes even with a humorous one. For me, Welsh author Roald Dahl had long been the guy who scripted one of my favorite James Bond movies, 1967's "You Only Live Twice," and who was married for 30 years to the great actress Patricia Neal. It skips sections in every chapter (sometimes several times during a story). The fruit grows to the size of a house and, when at long last James finds a passage into the peach's center, he meets a hardy crew of gigantic insects. When the stem snips off (with some help, of course), the peach rolls off and the eight travellers embark on the adventure of a lifetime!