So I’ve decided that I need some structure to my blogging as of late! Too much baby and Iraq has left me as one of “those” bloggers who only write about one thing.
So here’s today’s question. Feel free to respond as you like!
Think about your favorite book when you were a child. What made it your favorite? Is there a story behind why it ranks so highly with you?
My favorite book when I was young was James and the Giant Peach.
A magical, musical fairy tale concerning a little boy, James Henry Trotter, who finds himself living with his two aunts, Spiker and Sponge, after the death of his parents. Life with his aunts is hard and he dreams of a better place, specifically New York City, a “dream like” place his parents had talked about. His dream comes true when a stranger appears with a bagful of magic which among others things, changes insects (a Grasshopper, Centipede, Lady Bug, Spider, Earthworm, Silk Worm, and Glow Worm) into real life characters and causes an ordinary peach to grow to immense proportions. It’s upon this peach that James and his new insect friends travel and make their way toward his “dream land.”
I loved this book when I was little, and all the adventure in James’ escape from his too-hard-for-a-boy-his-age life. Looking back, I was in love with this book at a time in my family’s life that was very difficult. If I could have, I would have escaped on a giant peach myself to a new city. When the movie came out a few years ago, I was scared to see it for fear that it would not accurately represent the adventure and grandeur that I’d imagined when I was little. I was totally wrong – it was perfect. Tim Burton did an amazing job of interpreting the book. Everything was as strange and surreal as I remembered it from the book.
If you haven’t read it, I won’t tell you what happens in the end…but it’s good. Go to your local library and check it out today – James and the Giant Peach by Ronald Dahl.