{Tour}: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (Review, Mini Swoon + a Giveaway)

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Welcome to Swoony Boys Podcast! Today is our stop on the tour for Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday Tour hosted by Irish Banana Tours. We’re excited to share our thoughts on this classic and its author, Roal Dahl, with you today. We’ve even got a review from Meg’s 8-year old, Luca! Don’t forget to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the page too! Ready to go? Let’s get started:

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{Tour}: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (Review, Mini Swoon + a Giveaway)James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Published by Penguin Group on 1961
Genres: Children's Fiction
Pages: 146
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5 Stars

A little magic can take you a long way.

After James Henry Trotter's parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life there is no fun, until James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree and strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it's as big as a house. Inside, James meets a bunch of oversized friends—Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, and more. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the great adventure begins!


***REVIEW***

What We Loved:

It’s scary to re-read a childhood favorite as an adult. You’re never sure what you will find within the pages that you treasured so much as a child. I’m happy to say that while reading James’ story with my boys I fell in love all over again. It’s quirky, dark, and hilarious— just the way I remember it.

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Verdict:

Swoony Boys Podcast Approved
 

***Mini Swoons Review***

Review by Luca, Age 8

Why hadn’t we read this one before? I really like James and all the bugs. His aunts were HORRIBLE. I think my friends would like this one a lot. Maybe my teacher can read it after she finishes reading The Witches to us. It’s funny, but I don’t thing I’d want to live in a Giant Peach. Maybe I could live in an apple instead. Or a banana.

 

Rating Report
Cover
5 Stars
Characters
5 Stars
Plot
5 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
Swoon
5 Stars
Overall: 5

 

***About Roald Dahl***

/>Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the world’s most imaginative, successful and beloved storytellers. He was born in Wales of Norwegian parents and spent much of his childhood in England. After establishing himself as a writer for adults with short story collections such as Kiss Kiss and Tales of the Unexpected, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living with his family in both the U.S. and in England. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl’s first children’s story, The Gremlins, was a story about little creatures that were responsible for the various mechanical failures on airplanes. The Gremlins came to the attention of both First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who loved to read the story to her grandchildren, and Walt Disney, with whom Roald Dahl had discussions about the production of a movie.

Roald Dahl was inspired by American culture and by many of the most quintessential American landmarks to write some of his most memorable passages, such as the thrilling final scenes in James and the Giant Peach – when the peach lands on the Empire State Building! Upon the publication of James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl began work on the story that would later be published as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and today, Roald Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, have sold more than 200 million copies.

Roald Dahl also enjoyed great success for the screenplays he wrote for both the James Bond film You Only Live Twice in 1967 and for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, released one year later, which went on to become a beloved family film. Roald Dahl’s popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Two charities have been founded in Roald Dahl’s memory: the first charity, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, created in 1991, focuses on making life better for seriously ill children through the funding of specialist nurses, innovative medical training, hospitals, and individual families across the UK.

The second charity, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre – a unique cultural, literary and education hub – opened in June 2005 in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived and wrote many of his best-loved works. 10% of income from Roald Dahl books and adaptations are donated to the two Roald Dahl charities.

On September 13, 2006, the first national Roald Dahl Day was celebrated, on what would have been the author’s 90th birthday. The event proved such a success that Roald Dahl Day is now marked annually all over the world. September 13, 2016 is Roald Dahl 100, marking 100 years since the birth of the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.

Find More About Roald Here:
Website | Goodreads

 

***GIVEAWAY***

Win 5 Roald Dahl Books Of Your Choice| Open US Only.
 

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Good luck and happy swooning!

Check out all the stops on the tour below:

9/12 Fiction Fare Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes www.fictionfare.com
9/13 Nicole’s Novel Reads The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets http://nicolesnovelreads.blogspot.com
9/14 Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile Skin and Other Stories rantsandravesofabibliophile.wordpress.com
9/15 Intellectual Recreation Love From Boy http://www.intellectualrecreation.com
9/16 KellyVision More About Boy Kellyvision.wordpress.com
9/17 One Night Book Stand Revolting Rhymes https://onenightbookstandblog.wordpress.com
9/18 The Quiet Concert The Minpins http://thequietconcert.blogspot.com/
9/19 Reads All the Books Dirty Beasts http://www.ReadeAlltheBooks.com
9/20 Here’s to Happy Endings The Enormous Crocodile http://www.herestohappyendings.com
9/21 He Said Books or Me D is for Dahl Hesaidbooksorme.blogspot.com
9/22 Dizneeee’s World of Books The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More http://dizneeeesworldofbooks.blogspot.com
9/23 The Innocent Smiley The Vicar of Nibbleswick www.theinnocentsmiley.com
9/24 PaperTrailYa Esio Trot PaperTrailYA.co.uk
9/25 Emily Reads Everything Danny, The Champion of the World Www.emilyreadseverything.com
9/26 Writing My Own Fairy Tale George’s Marvelous Medicine Http://www.writingmyownfairytale.com
9/27 Rebelle Reads Fantastic Mr. Fox rebellereads.blogspot.com
9/28 Quest Reviews Going Solo http://www.questreviews.com
9/29 Mundie Kids Charlie and the Chocolate Factory http://www.mundiekids.blogspot.com
9/30 Stuck In Books Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator http://stuckinbooks.com
10/1 No BS Book Reviews Matilda http://nobsbookreviews.com
10/2 Novelgossip The Twits https://novelgossip.com
10/3 Forever Bookish Boy: Tales of Childhood foreverbookish.com
10/4 Miranda’s Book Blog The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me https://mirandasbookreviews.blogspot.com
10/5 I Turn the Pages The BFG www.iturnthepages.com
10/6 The Irish Banana Review The Witches http://theirishbanana.blogspot.com
10/7 Actin’ Up with Books The Magic Finger http://actinupwithbooks.blogspot.com
10/8 Swoony Boys Podcast James and the Giant Peach http://www.swoonyboyspodcast.com 

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Comments

  1. danielle hammelef says:

    You hit upon a huge reason I haven’t tried rereading my favorite childhood books–what if I lose the magic feeling? But maybe because this author is so talented, the magic is universal and spans all ages.

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