“James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl” Book and Movie Adaptations

James and the Giant Peach is an absolute ode to optimism. As its author, Roald Dahl, said: “if you have good thoughts, they will shine on your face like sunshine and you will always have some attraction”. James and the Giant Peach is a hymn to friendship and to children’s imagination. In spite of being a book for older children, it is also a book that we can start reading to children from the age of 4-5 and that, later on, when they start reading on their own, they will be able to follow easily. It is very entertaining, even funny at times, despite being based on a dramatic event.

Summary of the book ‘James and the Giant Peach’

James is a 7-year-old boy who has just lost his parents, and he has moreover lost everything. Love, affection, the world in which he lived protected, everything, is destroyed. James is sent to live with his two aunts, real harpies who treat him with the utmost contempt and the least affection. James feels alone and abandoned. One day, a strange character gives him some magic balls that make the peach tree in the courtyard grow. Before long, the peach tree begins to grow and grow until it is the size of a house. James, riding on the giant peach, will start a wonderful adventure in which he will meet some incredible characters and will recover optimism and happiness thanks to friendship.

James and the Giant Peach > Movie Adaptations

James y el melocotón gigante Película dirigida por Henry Selick 1996

The novel was made into a film in 1996. Directed by Henry Selick, the film is excellent thanks to its superb visual effects and, above all, to the beautiful story it tells. It is a stop motion animation film, a technique that consists of animating a character, image by image, with small movements that are photographed and then joined together to generate a sequence of movement. If the little ones watch the film after reading (or after we have read) the story to them, they will also be able to contrast the image they had made in their little heads of James and his friends with the way they are represented in the film.

The author Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was born in 1916 in Great Britain. At the age of four he lost his parents and at the age of seven he came into contact with the rigid British education system (which is reflected in some of his books such as Matilda and Boy). Her entry into children’s literature was motivated by the stories she narrated to her four children. In 1964 he published his first book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He also wrote film scripts and devised famous characters such as the Gremlins, and some of his works have been made into films. He died in Oxford at the age of 74.

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