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James and the giant peach : a children's story

James tries to escape his miserable life with two nasty, ill-tempered aunts and, in the process, manages to transform himself into a hero - (Baker & Taylor)

A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach. - (Baker & Taylor)

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. - (Random House, Inc.)

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Horn Book Guide Reviews

The text in this new edition remains unchanged, but the book is updated with Smith's black-and-white pencil sketches. His interpretation of the fantasy -- which contemporary young readers will recognize from Disney's film version -- is not quite as magical as Burkert's delightful renderings in the original edition. The new edition will suffice, but readers shouldn't skip the first. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

0-14-037424-8 ~ James and the Giant Peach ($16.00, $4.99 Puffin paperback; April 1, 1996; 126 pp.; 0-679-88090-9, paper 0-14-037424-8): 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. Yes, there is a movie tied in to all of this, but more importantly, author and illustrator were made for each other, and it's of little consequence that it took almost 35 years for them to meet. (Fiction. 6-12) Copyright 1999 Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly Reviews

Lane Smith trades stinky cheese for fantastic fruit with his black-and-white illustrations for Roald Dahl's classic 1961 novel, James and the Giant Peach. The reissue is timed to coincide with the release of the Disney animated motion picture based on Smith's suitably subversive visual interpretation. Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information.

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