James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl

So, I have started my career in librarianship(!) and one of my duties in my new job is to run the book clubs that the branch hosts.  One of these book clubs is for kids 6-8 and their parent or caregiver, and when I met with them for the first time, we decided that for this month, we are going to read James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.

I picked up the book and read it, and it was pretty much what I expected; lighthearted, silly, and happy.  This is actually only the second Roald Dahl book I have read through, the first being Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  I like the whimsical style of Dahl’s writing, and the very matter-of-fact way in which the most outrageous things happen.  The peach, for example, seems perfectly ordinary, and even though it is magic that makes it huge, the story is written in such a way that it is really not *that* out of place…really.  It’s an interesting style, and it makes for an enjoyable story! ***

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