James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl cover, a boy looking at a huge peach

James and the Giant Peach

Written by Roald Dahl

Illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert

New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1961

6" x 9.35"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

In this fable by the author of Matilda, first published in 1961, a monster peach with a lonely boy riding inside rolls out of an English garden and into the world. Borne aloft by seagulls, the peach makes it all the way across the Atlantic. After first being mistaken for an incoming enemy bomb—in 1961, the Cold War was, after all, at its peak—the peach finally comes to rest atop the Empire State Building's television needle, and the boy inside emerges to a hero's welcome.


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James and the Giant Peach