After James parent’s got eaten up by an escaped rhinoceros, he was sent to live with his two horrible aunts. James only brought a small suit case containing a pair of pyjamas and a tooth brush with him. Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker were both selfish, lazy and cruel people. Right from the beginning, they started beating poor James for almost no reason.
One day, as James was in the garden, he met an old man. The old man gave him a bag of ‘magical’ green crystals which could move as though it was alive!! James accidentally dropped the bag and the crystals burrowed into the earth.
The next morning, a nearby tree grows to a huge size and bears a giant peach! When James saw a hole in the peach, he entered it and met lots of unusual and interesting characters such as the centipede, the earthworm, the old-green-grasshopper, miss spider, the lady bug, the silkworm and the glow worm.
Out of a sudden, the peach dropped from the tree and it rolled down the hill and squashed James aunts. James and his new friends who were inside the giant peach rolled into the ocean and embarked their adventures. They faced many dangers. James’s bravery and cleverness got his friends out of danger from time to time and finally they landed on the Empire State Building.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters in the book are very funny and cute. Although it has a sad beginning, it has a happy ending.