James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl

Ok, so this isn’t the type of book that I would normally review on here, however, it has been highly enjoyable to read this book to my kids at bedtime.

Both kids have really enjoyed the story (expertly told and voiced by myself!) from the moment that we are introduced to James and his 2 horrible aunties, Spiker and Sponge, through to James and his insectile gang arriving and being carried off on a motorcade in New York City to much celebration.

It just goes to show the ability of Roald Dahl to weave and entertain with his writing. Easy reading, songs/rhymes, peril/danger and much adventure are in place alongside the excellent and absurd characters that he invents to give the story the right kind of otherworldy-ness but still tie it into this reality. He does make it seem that this kid of magical adventure could happen to anyone, mixing the mundane with the amazing.

This was my first reading of James and the Giant Peach, at the grand old age of 39. I am glad that my kids have experienced this wonderful book way before then!

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