For the last month or so, Z's bedtime story has been Roald Dahl's classic James and the Giant Peach. When we started reading one chapter a night, I didn't realize that this book has 39 chapters! However, it managed to keep our interest and we've had a fun time reading it.
I'll admit that I never read this Dahl classic when I was a kid. I can't remember why I never chose it but maybe the lure of another story with "Chocolate" in the title just overshadowed it. Z and I have watched Henry Selick's stop-animation retelling of the story but never knew how it compared to the original. Now that we've finished this bedtime story, we know!
The original Roald Dahl story is definitely crankier and somewhat less fanciful but definitely exciting. There were a couple of times where I had to quick edit during my reading (one racist remark and a few choice insults). I probably wouldn't have changed anything but the racist remark if Z was older. This book has a good message about keeping your head during hard times and using your brain. It was also humorous and inventive and has some fun insect facts. I hope we enjoy our next story as much as we enjoyed this one!
Dreaming about seagull travel and Cloud-Men,
K and Z
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