by Camilie and Dewey for Novel Madness 2013
Imagine befriending enlarged insects, and experiencing a wondrous adventure in a ginormous peach. Some people may think that a book written by a children’s book author will make the story boring, but it is seriously a great book. The story plot makes you want to read on forever! James and the Giant Peach is about problem solving, friendship, and it is age appropriate unlike Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Although some people may think that Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a good book to read, it is not appropriate for children with all the contents in it. James and the Giant Peach has no violence unless you think throwing hail stones is! Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has scenes where people are getting hurt and cursing. ? There was an 8-year-old boy that read it. He was frightened my all the blood, and violence scenes. People say that it’s okay for kids ages 8 and up, but I don’t think cursing is good for a second grader! Do you?
Even though some people may think that friendship would have nothing to do with the book, James and the Giant Peach is actually all about friendship! James and the insects had a special bond. Remember when James rescued Centipede? And when they were planning on catching 500 seagulls? Spider and Silkworm make a net to help them catch all those birds to help them get off the water so the sharks couldn’t eat them.
Some people may think that a book cannot help in their daily lives; however, in James and the Giant Peach, problem solving is the key. For example, when the sharks are trying to eat the peach, James and the insects work together to capture 500 seagulls, and the seagulls lifts the peach up in the air. Another example of problem solving was when James wanted to go to New York (From Dover,) but his aunts didn’t allow it. So James decides to befriend seven insects that help him get to his destination. And when they were trying to escape from the Cloud-Men, Centipede bit a string, a Cloud-Men was hanging from, and he flew away, with the seagull. Though there are many more evidences in the book, I can only list so many.
So if you are planning on voting for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, James and the Giant Peach is clearly a better choice. The book isn’t inappropriate and is fun to read, it can teach about friendships, and problem solving. So vote for James and the Giant Peach!