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Parents' Guide to

James and the Giant Peach

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Lonely boy's magical adventure still satisfies.

Book Roald Dahl Fantasy 1961
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 13+


Depressing and negative. They don't need to see that
age 12+

More swear words and mature concepts than I expected

Characters call each other "you ass" and say "don't be an ass" many, many timea throughout this book! Also, the abuse and neglect James experiences at the hands of his aunts is ongoing foe many chapters at the beginning of the book. The aunts are killed as well. Also, there is one line that unnecessarily mentions nationality in a derogatory way "I'd rather be fried and eaten by a Mexican!" Just things to be aware of in choosing this book, especially if you've only seen the movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (18 ):

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH is a delightful children's novel full of adventure and singular characters. As in many of the great Roald Dahl's works, the central character is a poor, deprived child, and seeing James Henry Trotter rise from his lowly state to become a leader with true friends is immensely satisfying. Dahl also weaves funny singsong poetry into his fantastical tale, which helps make the book wonderful to read aloud.

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