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Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach: A Play

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  • School & Library Binding
  • Publisher: Topeka Bindery (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613639502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613639507
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 13.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,701,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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."

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Delighted with the storyline, a fantasy adventure for children and grandparents to enjoy together. Includes a section on simple to make costumes made from cardboard boxes and poster paint. Very popular with my 8 year old grandson and 11year old granddaughter.
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The children really enjoyed doing some drama work with this play. Very funny and just a bit morbid... Perfect for key stage 2. Highly recommended!
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They all climbed into a peach and went on a fantastic journey.
The main characters are: James ,miss spider, miss ladybird ,grasshopper ,ant spiker ,ant sponge,
My favourite character is miss spider because she is a very good friend to all
My favourite part of the book is all of the book
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 July 2007
Format: Paperback
Researchers constantly find that reading to children is valuable in a variety of ways, not least of which are instilling a love of reading and improved reading skills. With better parent-child bonding from reading, your child will also be more emotionally secure and able to relate better to others. Intellectual performance will expand as well. Spending time together watching television fails as a substitute.

To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. James and the Giant Peach was one of her picks.

The book is a wonderful witty exploration of the marvels of imagination as applied to nature. Every reader will look much more closely at the world around after finding so many interesting details to consider.

The story begins when James Henry Trotter was about four years old. He had been living happily with his parents in England. One day, they went shopping and were eaten by an angry runaway rhinoceros which had escaped from the London zoo. As a result, their wonderful home was sold and James Henry Trotter came to live with his decidedly dastardly aunts Sponge and Spiker. They mistreated and overworked James Michael Trotter much like the abuse that Cinderella experienced at the hands by her evil stepmother and stepsisters.

Poor James! He has become the most unhappy, lonely, and woebegone orphan in the world.

But his luck changes when a mysterious old man gives him some magic, in the form of wriggling little green things to put into water and drink. Then their magic will help James. "Whoever they meet first, be it bug . . . or tree, that will be . . . who gets the full power of their magic!
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Liked that it was fantasy. It was very interesting and you didn't know what was going to happen next. It was too short though. Didn't realise it was a play
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This can be used for reading aloud, performing improvisations or even working on the scenes and characterisations.
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