Monday, January 23, 2012

James and the Giant Peach


In my opinion, Roald Dahl can do no wrong.  James and the Giant Peach has always been one of my favorites, combining the absurd, the fantastic, the hilarious, and the cruel, resulting in a book that makes an impression.  This particular edition is sparsely illustrated by Lane Smith, adding just enough images to allow the imagination to run.  The story of James, in the "care" of his two evil aunts, who accidentally causes a peach to grow to an enormous size, befriends some enormous insects, and takes off on an adventure of a lifetime, is sure to delight children and adults alike, more than 50 years after its writing.


 Try also:

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Superfudge by Judy Blume
Holes by Louis Sacher
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

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