By the author of The BFG—now a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg—a stunning 50th-anniversary deluxe edition of Roald Dahl’s beloved James and the Giant Peach, featuring —a new introduction by Aimee Bender, the New York Times bestselling author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake —cover art by the award-winning cartoonist Jordan Crane —the original interior art from the 1961 first edition —French flaps and deckle-edged paper
Roald Dahl Centennial, 1916–2016
James and the Giant Peach is a perennial bestseller about a boy’s magical journey across the sea, by one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. When James, a boy stuck living with his cantankerous aunts, is given magic crystals by a sympathetic wizard, he accidentally drops them at the foot of the peach tree outside his house, causing one of the fruits to grow the size of a house. Inside he finds oversized insects who promise him deliverance from his aunts, and soon the giant peach is rolling downhill, bound for the Atlantic Ocean and beyond on a magnificent adventure that will take James and his new friends far indeed.
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Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was born in Llandaff, South Wales, and went to Repton School in England. His parents were Norwegian, so holidays were spent in Norway. As he explains in Boy, he turned down the idea of university in favor of a… More about Roald Dahl
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"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…author and illustrator were made for each other, and it’s of little consequence that it took almost 35 years for them to meet" —Kirkus.