Saturday, October 25, 2008

James and the Giant Peach

Title: James and the Giant Peach
Author: Roald Dahl

What it's about: James is a small boy who lives with his two awful aunts. One day, a mysterious old man gives him a bag of magic to help him, but James spills the bag's contents on the ground near the old peach tree. Soon a giant peach is growing, but that's not the only thing that the magic affected. When James sneaks out to see the peach at night, he meets amazing new friends and starts off on a wonderful journey to a better life.

What I thought: I was actually pretty indifferent to this. This was one of Dahl's earlier books, though, according to Wikipedia, so perhaps he hadn't quite hit his stride. There are plenty of rhymes and some very clever bits of description, but it's a short book and seemed kind of in a rush to me.

Overall: Not bad, but Dahl has written much better stories.

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