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176 pages, Hardcover
First published November 1, 1961
“I'd rather be fried alive and eaten by Mexicans.”Honestly, what was Dahl on when he wrote this?
Come right up close to me and I will show you something wonderful.James is gifted with a bag of pure magic. Only he manages to spoil his chance at happiness by spilling the bag...
We are now about to visit the most marvelous places and see the most wonderful things!
«Until he was four years old, James Henry Trotter had a happy life. He lived peacefully with his mother and father in a beautiful house beside the sea. There were always plenty of other children for him to play with, and there was the sandy beach for him to run about on, and the ocean to paddle in. It was the perfect life for a small boy»The problem arises when his parents get eaten by a rhino! However, this regrettable and sad incident marks the beginning of a suggestive and extremely hair-brained adventure on an oversized peach.
My daughter and I continue our journey in Roald Dahl's world. You can't really go wrong with him.
«Fino all'età di quattro anni, James Henry Trotter ebbe una vita felice. Viveva tranquillo con sua madre e suo padre in una bella casa sul mare. C’erano sempre molti bambini con cui giocare e c’era la spiaggia di sabbia dove scorrazzare e l’oceano per andarci in canotto. La vita ideale, per un bambino»Il problema sorge quando i suoi genitori vengono sbranati da un rinoceronte! Tuttavia, questo increscioso e triste episodio è l'inizio di una suggestiva e quantomai strampalata avventura su di una pesca di dimensioni spropositate.
Continua il viaggio familiare mio e di mia figlia nel mondo di Roald Dahl. Con lui si va sul sicuro.
James is a very sad and miserable little boy. One day, a mysterious old man presents James with a bag of tiny green crystals that have magical powers. James is told that once he swallows the crystals with water, marvellous, fabulous and unbelievable things will happen to him, and he'll never be miserable again. James rushes back to the house to get some water and accidentally falls and spills the tiny green crystals near a dormant peach tree which sits on a hill nearby. The lifeless tree suddenly sprouts a peach, which begins to grow larger and larger.
It is while James is cleaning up around the giant peach that he discovers a tunnel leading to the middle of it. There, he finds a group of human-sized insects: Centipede, Grasshopper, Spider, Earthworm, Ladybird, Silkworm, and Glow-worm. The group befriends James and attribute their giant growth to having eaten the tiny green crystals that James had spilled.
Early the next day, the group decides to escape the horrible aunts by cutting the stem connecting the peach to the tree. The giant peach begins to roll down the hillside, flattening and killing James' two aunts in the process.
“I’d rather be fried alive and eaten by a Mexican!”as well as references to snuff, tobacco and whiskey. Her complaints to her 10-year-old daughter’s school principal led to a review by the regional school board.
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