James didn’t know where the little man came from. He was just there, thrusting a faintly glowing bag at James. ”Here! You take it! It’s yours!” With a promise that the bag of ”little green things” is magic and will free James from life with his horrible, cruel aunts, Sponge and Spiker, the little man is gone – and James is dizzy with joy. But in his excitement James drops the bag and the magic is lost, sucked into the ground around the old peach tree. Would things never go right for James?
But then he feels it. Something is going to happen. Aunt Spiker spots it first: a peach growing high in their single peach tree. Growing and growing till it’s as big as fat Aunt Sponge, and then as big as their house! All greedy Sponge and Spiker can think is that the remarkable peach will make them rich. But James knows. Something else, something stranger than ever this time, is about to happen to me again soon.
“With his new family of centipedes, ladybugs, glowworms and grasshoppers in his enormous juicy dwelling, James heads for exciting adventures with Cloudmen, sharks, and a ticker tape parade in New York City… Here is a broad fantasy with all the gruesome imagery of old-fashioned fairy tales and a good measure of their breathtaking delight.” – Kirkus
”In the most original fantasy that has been published in a long time, (Roald Dahl) tempers his imagination just enough to write a story that may well become a classic. The story… and the illustrations make this a gem.” – San Francisco Chronicle