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James and the Giant Peach

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ISBN13: 9780140374247
ISBN10: 0140374248
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Staff Pick

Magic green pills spill, accidentally, onto the ground beneath a peach tree. A peach appears overnight, the only fruit the tree has ever produced; by morning, it's swollen to the size of a houseboat, and soon enough James Henry Trotter is climbing aboard for the ride of his life. If John Lennon had written a full-length children's story instead of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," this would be it. Even the ending is true: The English orphan boy finds happiness in a home near his magical friends in New York's Central Park. I love this book: the story, the drawings [by Lane Smith], the characters, and most of all the adventure.
Recommended by Dave, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

Roald Dahl was a champion of the underdog and all things little — in this case, an orphaned boy oppressed by two nasty, self-centered aunts. How James escapes his miserable life with the horrible aunts and becomes a hero is a Dahlicious fantasy of the highest order. You will never forget resourceful little James and his new family of magically overgrown insects — a ladybug, a spider, a grasshopper, a glowworm, a silkworm, and the chronic complainer, a centipede with a hundred gorgeous shoes. Their adventures aboard a luscious peach as large as a house take them across the Atlantic Ocean, through waters infested with peach-eating sharks and skies inhabited by malevolent Cloudmen, to a ticker-tape parade in New York City. This happily ever after contemporary fairy tale is a twentieth-century classic that every child deserves to know. And Lane Smith's endearingly funny illustrations are a perfect match for the text.

Synopsis:

When James Henry Trotter accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, 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. Then James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit, and when he crawls inside, he meets a bunch of marvelous oversized friends — Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Miss Spider, and more.

After years of feeling like an outsider in the house of his despicable Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, James has finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the exciting adventure begins!

Synopsis:

Roald Dahl was a champion of the underdog and all things little—in this case, an orphaned boy oppressed by two nasty, self-centered aunts. How James escapes his miserable life with the horrible aunts and becomes a hero is a Dahlicious fantasy of the highest order. You will never forget resourceful little James and his new family of magically overgrown insects—a ladybug, a spider, a grasshopper, a glowworm, a silkworm, and the chronic complainer, a centipede with a hundred gorgeous shoes. Their adventures aboard a luscious peach as large as a house take them across the Atlantic Ocean, through waters infested with peach-eating sharks and skies inhabited by malevolent Cloudmen, to a ticker-tape parade in New York City. This happily ever after contemporary fairy tale is a twentieth-century classic that every child deserves to know. And Lane Smith's endearingly funny illustrations are a perfect match for the text.

Synopsis:

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A young boys favorite storybook tells of a Golden Snail that lived long ago in the mythical Spiral Isles. When it journeyed through its magical realm, it took on the shape of a fantastical golden sailing ship. One day the ship was captured by a Great Enchanter and put under his spell. After he became bored with the Snail, the Enchanter banished it to the Ends of the Earth so no one else could ever sail in it. There it remains until a new master comes to claim it. Could a young boy named Wilbur be the next master?

 

Featuring Graeme Bases visually stunning signature art (packed with details, including a hidden “snail and crossbones” to search for in each picture) and a bonus mini book (bound in, nonremovable), The Legend of the Golden Snail is an adventure unlike any other.

Praise for The Legend of the Golden Snail

Starred Review: \"Bases art steers the journey, alternating between action scenes and spectacular seascapes.\" –Publishers Weekly

\"This beautiful book is sure to be a hit with the authors fans and cultivate new ones.\" –School Library Journal 

\"Bases big, elaborate illustrations teem with lively details.\" –Booklist

\"The book is chock-full of Bases bold, vibrant images and features fanciful locations. Lots to mull over for future sea adventurers.\" –Kirkus Reviews '

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BABY GIRL, March 23, 2010 (view all comments by BABY GIRL)
This is a great children's book that even my mom likes.
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Denise Barnett, May 8, 2009 (view all comments by Denise Barnett)
I still have my old, dog-eared copy that I read over and over again as a young girl. I would imagine that I too could fly up in that peach! Timeless.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140374247
Author:
Dahl, Roald
Publisher:
Puffin Books
Illustrator:
Smith, Lane
Illustrations:
Smith, Lane
Author:
Smith, Lane
Author:
Burkert, Nancy Ekholm
Author:
Base, Graeme
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Fantastic fiction
Subject:
Insects
Subject:
Fairy tales
Subject:
Movie Tie - In
Subject:
Aunts
Subject:
Aunts -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
93-15
Publication Date:
19960431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from P
Language:
English
Illustrations:
48 pages of full-color illustrations
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
12.00 x 10.67 x 0.50 in
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 144 pages Puffin Books - English 9780140374247 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Magic green pills spill, accidentally, onto the ground beneath a peach tree. A peach appears overnight, the only fruit the tree has ever produced; by morning, it's swollen to the size of a houseboat, and soon enough James Henry Trotter is climbing aboard for the ride of his life. If John Lennon had written a full-length children's story instead of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," this would be it. Even the ending is true: The English orphan boy finds happiness in a home near his magical friends in New York's Central Park. I love this book: the story, the drawings [by Lane Smith], the characters, and most of all the adventure.

"Synopsis" by , When James Henry Trotter accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, 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. Then James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit, and when he crawls inside, he meets a bunch of marvelous oversized friends — Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Miss Spider, and more.

After years of feeling like an outsider in the house of his despicable Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, James has finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the exciting adventure begins!

"Synopsis" by ,
Roald Dahl was a champion of the underdog and all things little—in this case, an orphaned boy oppressed by two nasty, self-centered aunts. How James escapes his miserable life with the horrible aunts and becomes a hero is a Dahlicious fantasy of the highest order. You will never forget resourceful little James and his new family of magically overgrown insects—a ladybug, a spider, a grasshopper, a glowworm, a silkworm, and the chronic complainer, a centipede with a hundred gorgeous shoes. Their adventures aboard a luscious peach as large as a house take them across the Atlantic Ocean, through waters infested with peach-eating sharks and skies inhabited by malevolent Cloudmen, to a ticker-tape parade in New York City. This happily ever after contemporary fairy tale is a twentieth-century classic that every child deserves to know. And Lane Smith's endearingly funny illustrations are a perfect match for the text.
"Synopsis" by , '

A young boys favorite storybook tells of a Golden Snail that lived long ago in the mythical Spiral Isles. When it journeyed through its magical realm, it took on the shape of a fantastical golden sailing ship. One day the ship was captured by a Great Enchanter and put under his spell. After he became bored with the Snail, the Enchanter banished it to the Ends of the Earth so no one else could ever sail in it. There it remains until a new master comes to claim it. Could a young boy named Wilbur be the next master?

 

Featuring Graeme Bases visually stunning signature art (packed with details, including a hidden “snail and crossbones” to search for in each picture) and a bonus mini book (bound in, nonremovable), The Legend of the Golden Snail is an adventure unlike any other.

Praise for The Legend of the Golden Snail

Starred Review: \"Bases art steers the journey, alternating between action scenes and spectacular seascapes.\" –Publishers Weekly

\"This beautiful book is sure to be a hit with the authors fans and cultivate new ones.\" –School Library Journal 

\"Bases big, elaborate illustrations teem with lively details.\" –Booklist

\"The book is chock-full of Bases bold, vibrant images and features fanciful locations. Lots to mull over for future sea adventurers.\" –Kirkus Reviews '

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