James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Introduction by: Aimee Bender
Jacket Illustrator: Jordan Crane
Illustrator: Nancy Ekholm Burkert

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143106340
  • 160 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


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-edge paper

Roald Dahl’s perennial bestseller about a boy’s magical journey across the sea, James and the Giant Peach, celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2011. 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.

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl, Introduction by: Aimee Bender, Jacket Illustrator: Jordan Crane, Illustrator: Nancy Ekholm Burkert


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