James And the Giant Peach
Roald Dahl ~ Nancy Ekholm Burkert ~ Alfred A. Knopf, 1961
We just finished reading James and the Giant Peach for the umpteenth time, and I swear, that man was an incredible storyteller. Perhaps even one of the best of all time. His books always find me thinking and searching at the end. The language is so concise and clear, yet wonderfully poetic, and the themes bigger than the stories about foxes and giants and glowworms that they inhabit. Even better, as I mentioned before, I came across a first edition copy of James while I was in Seattle with the original, full color US version illustrations by Ms. Burkert. It made this read even more special to see him spying these treasures for the first time. What a talent that lady is.
Lovely, lovely, lovely.
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James and the Giant Peach ~ Michel Simeon version
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