James and the Giant Peach
Author Roald Dahl
Original Publication date 1961
Originally Published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Original ISBN 0-394-81282-4
Publication Order
Preceded by
The Gremlins
Followed by
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Author Roald Dahl

Language English Genre(s) Children's novel Publisher Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Publication date 1961 Media type Paperback ISBN ISBN 0-375-81424-8

James and the Giant Peach (1967) is a popular children's novel by English author Roald Dahl.

Because of the story's macabre and occasionally frightening content, it has become a regular target of the censors and is no. 56 on the American Library Association's top 100 list of most frequently challenged books.


When he was four years old, James's parents were gobbled up by a rhinoceros not far from their seaside home, and he has since been forced to live with his horrid aunts, Spiker Trotter and Sponge Trotter, who treat him like a slave, keep him in the attic and only feed him fish heads. One afternoon when he is crying in the woods James stumbles across a friendly wizard, who mysteriously understands his plight and gives him some magic crystals that he promises will bring happiness. However, on the way back to the house, James spills it onto a peach, which subsequently grows to an abnormal size.

Venturing inside the cavernous fruit, he discovers a rag-tag band of anthropomorphic insects who take him on a weird but wonderful journey.

Behind the ScenesEdit

References to other Roald Dahl works Edit

James and the Giant Peach possibly references Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the beginning and end of the novel.

When the peach rolls off the tree, it rolls through a "famous chocolate factory", possibly a reference to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory (the illustration even depicts the word "WONKA" on the side of the building) then to infinity and beyond.

Towards the end of the book, people in New York City accuse the passengers aboard the peach to be Vermicious Knids, Whangdoodles, Snozzwangers or even Hornswogglers. All of those animals (except the former) are mentioned by Willy Wonka to live in Loompaland, which is also the home of Oompa-Loompas. Vermicious Knids are extraterrestrials, and feature in the sequel book, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

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