James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (Book Summary and Review) – Minute Book Report

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (Book Summary and Review) – Minute Book Report


This is a story about a boy named James who
is forced to live with his two abusive aunts in the English countryside after his parents
die to a rhinoceros. One day, a mysterious old man presents James
with a bag of tiny green crystals that have magical powers. However, James falls and spills
the tiny green crystals near a dormant peach tree in the yard. The lifeless tree suddenly
sprouts a peach, which begins to grow larger and larger. His abusive aunts take notice of the giant
peach and begin charging people money to see it. And after locking up James all day, the
aunts force him to clean up after the crowds are gone. As James is cleaning, he discovers a tunnel
leading to the middle of the giant peach. There, he finds a group of human-sized insects:
Centipede, Grasshopper, Spider, Earthworm, Ladybug, 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 venture
out by cutting the stem connecting the peach to the tree. The giant peach begins to roll
down the hillside, killing James’ two aunts in the process. The giant peach rolls faster and faster until
it lands in the ocean. To avoid a group of vicious sharks, James attaches strings to
hundreds of seagulls and the peach is carried in the air. As they are floating in the air, they see
Cloud-Men, mystic creatures who are responsible for the different types of weather, like rain,
snow, and hail. And as they are drifting through the clouds, the peach crashes into a rainbow
and begins to descend. James sees that they are approaching land
and the giant peach crashes on top of the Empire State Building. In the end, all of the insects become successful
in America, and James, who has made a lot of friends, lives in the large peach pit in
Central Park. This story urges readers to take a closer
look at the world around them. First, a closer look at nature. There are several amazing
things happening in the natural world, from photosynthesis to the water cycle. The book
even explores the importance of each type of insect and how each of them contributes
to the well-being of the environment. But this idea of looking closer at the world
also applies to looking at other people and how we should take the time to talk to them
to get to know them. In doing so, we can find out how they contribute to the rest of us
since everyone contributes to the world. The author also creates a mythos of Cloud-Men
to explain how different weather is created. And what’s interesting about this mythos is
that it has elements that almost make it tribal, with gods and mystics, not science, responsible
for natural phenomenon. What this does is portray the world as organic rather than mechanical.
That first, nature is controllable, and second, that nature is controlled by organic or mystic
beings. On a more hopeful note, the underlying message
of this story is that there are ways to escape a troubling homelife. The verbal and emotional
abuse James receives is a bit over-the-top, but that might be the reality for some kids.
How do they escape that? And while they can’t fly away on a giant peach,
ultimately, this story suggests that abused kids can find possible escapes through friends
and writing. That the power of relationships and creativity and imagination are all a person
needs to take them anywhere they want to go.


29 thoughts on “James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (Book Summary and Review) – Minute Book Report

  1. That's a good question. In looking at Dahl's writing style, I would say the rhino represents an unfortunate and untimely death. It's like a death that came out of no where, like a car accident. And perhaps rather than have James' parents die from a car accident (too real), Dahl included a rhino to soften the blow, even though the parents are ultimately dead.

    I'll think about it more. Thanks for the question.

  2. The movie has an interesting style to it. It's a lot more exciting than the book. The visuals make it seem more magical.

  3. this really helped me because i didn't have to sit through the whole movie or read the whole book to get the jest of it to help my little brother with his James and the giant peach presentation. THANK YOU! <3

  4. This was my homework the story I had to write the whole story🙂 thanks man for your help you made my day😀😄😀😄

  5. Mann <3 Thanks alot… it helped me so much .. i just have to give a review about this story and now found it..thanks alot bro liked+commented+subscribed =)

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