A bit of fun! Work has been hard recently, I was out of the habit of reading so picked this off the shelf for an easy read.
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
I hadn’t read this since childhood and had forgotten parts of the story, so it was great to re-read. It was easy and quick, but totally entertaining. Lots of opportunity to use one’s imagination. And there were so many references to the juicy peach and peach juice – oh my word! Give me a sliced, juicy peach!
This is great for children, obviously. Magical and impossible but so possible because of Dahl’s imagination. And wonderfully descriptive words, many of which are probably made up. A child’s world. I love that his books encourage children just to be themselves, and to express themselves as they are. If a word needs to be created to describe something, then just do it. As long as one can convey one’s enthusiasm and passion. The poems are fun, too, and a nice introduction to poetry for children. Written in 1961 yet still so readable today.