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Lit Circles - Primary: James and the Giant Peach

About the book

undefinedJames and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

“Poor Earthworm,' the Ladybird said, whispering in James's ear. 'He loves to make everything into a disaster. He hates to be happy. He is only happy when he is gloomy.”


When James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it's as big as a house. When James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit and crawls inside, he meets wonderful new friends--the Old-Green-Grasshopper, the dainty Ladybug, and the Centipede of the multiple boots. After years of feeling like an outsider in his aunts' house, James finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach household starts rolling away--and the adventure begins! 

GENRE: Fantasy


  • Friendship
  • Death
  • Hope
  • Fear
  • Abandonment
  • Rebellion
  • Transformation

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Questions for your circle

  • How did the story portray feelings of abandonment,( physical and emotional), that James felt?
  • What happened when James crawled into the hole in the peach?
  • Describe the personalities of the seven unusual friends James met inside the peach?
  • How did James and his friends overcome their fears to do things ?
  • How does James change over the course of the novel?
  • "Anthropomorphism" (a technique where non-human creatures or objects are made into human-like characters) is key to James and the Giant Peach. How does Dahl use this technique?

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