James and the Giant Peach : A children's story by Roald Dahl ; illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1961. Hardcover. 118 pages ; 24 cm. $3.95 dust jacket. Previous owner name on the front free endpaper. No other markings within this book. Remaider mark on the bottom page edge of this book. Foxing to the front and rear endpaper, as well as the top, fore, and bottom page edges. Binding is firm.
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
illustrated by NANCY EKHOLM BURKERT
"marvelous things will start happening to you, fabulous, unbelievable things and you will never be miserable again in your life."
So saying, the strange little man thrusts a white bag full of magical "tiny green things" into James's hands and scurries away—but James stumbles and drops the bag, and watches helplessly as all his lovely magic wriggles away into the earth underneath the old peach tree! Sadly he resigns himself to continued misery with his two wicked aunts, Sponge and Spiker when Aunt Spiker notices a beautiful large peach growing at the very top of the old peach tree.
The amazing peach swells rapidly from the size of a melon to the size of fat Aunt Sponge to the size of a small house— marking the beginning of many ' 'fabuIous, unbelievable things" for James. It doesn't take him long to discover an entrance into the huge peach, and to make some wonderful new friends there—cheerful Old-Green-Grasshopper, dainty Ladybug, grumpy Centipede of the multiple boots; and other insects infected with the mysterious magic of the tiny green things. A few quick gnaws at the peach's thick stem from Centipede's razor-sharp jaws and away the whole peach household rolls, embarked on a series of madcap adventures.
In his first book for children, the famous author of KISS KISS has woven a fastpaced, hilarious saga, in the best traditions of the fantastic; and Nancy Burkert's elegant illustrations bring the fabulous characters vividly to life.
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