James and the Giant Peach
by Roald Dahl
Suddenly a peach appears on the very tip of the tree and then starts to grow and grow and doesn't stop until it is as big as a house! The aunts are so excited about this that instead of immediately eating pieces off the peach they start charging people to see the peach. After everyone has left they force James to pick up all the litter that the people left behind. Poor James is left all alone in the dark! For no particular reason, James walks up to the peach and starts touching it. He notices that there is a rather large hole in the peach. He crawls in, and the hole becomes a tunnel. He keeps on crawling until he reaches the center of the peach. He meets seven oversized insects who turn out to have swallowed some of the tiny little things that James had spilled. When the stem snips off (with some help, of course), the peach rolls off and the eight travellers embark on the adventure of a lifetime!
Suddenly a peach appears on the very tip of the tree and then starts to grow and grow and doesn't stop until it is as big as a house! The aunts are so excited about th... Read more
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...Spiker cried. "It's getting bigger and bigger!" "What is?" "The peach, of course!" "You're joking!" "Well, look for yourself!" "But my dear Spiker, that's perfectly ridiculous. That's impossible. That's -- that's -- that's -- Now, wait just a minute -- No -- No -- that can't be right -- No -- Yes -- Great Scott! The thing really is growing!" "It's nearly twice as big already!" Aunt Spiker shouted. "It can't be true!" "It is true!" "It must be a miracle!" "Watch it! Watch it!" "I am watching it!" "Great Heavens alive!" Aunt Spiker yelled. "I can actually see the thing bulging and swelling before my very eyes!" 7 The two women and the small boy stood absolutely still on the grass underneath the tree, gazing up at this extraordinary fruit. James's little face was glowing with excitement, his eyes were as big and bright as two stars. He could see the peach swelling larger and larger as clearly as if it were a balloon...