“My dear young fellow,’ the Old-Green-Grasshopper said gently, ‘there are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven’t started wondering about yet.”
Roald Dahl formed a big part of my reading childhood, and I must have read each of his books at least a dozen times when I was young. James And The Giant Peach maybe isn’t the most famous story (others like Charlie And The Chocolate Factory or Mathilda would come first on that list), but its story about adventures on a giant peach is endearing. I was feeling sentimental the other day and since I couldn’t remember the exact details of James And The Giant Peach I decided to read it again. The book doesn’t disappoint adults either; I was still sucked into the story with the help of Roald Dahl‘s imagination and writing skills. It is and also a great story to read out loud to children!
The story is about a boy James who lives with his two horrible aunts Sponge and Spiker after his parents died. He is feeling truly unhappy, until one day something ‘peculiar’ happened. A bag full of green magic things changed his life and that of his new friends: a bunch of bugs. They escape the aunts in a giant peach and together they travel and have a lot of fantastical adventures.
Who as a kid wouldn’t have liked to see the Cloud-men who make the weather, to watch a peach flying because of hundreds of seagulls attached to it, to visit the peach-pit house James lives in in Central Park? Recommended if you want to feel young again, even if it’s only for the duration of the book. And perfect to entertain children as well!