June 18th, 2006

Relax!  Grab a Book!

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  1. Grahame, Kenneth — The Wind in the Willows
  2. Dahl, Roald — James and the Giant Peach

What a delightful little book! I've been meaning to pick up something by Roald Dahl for a few months. It took finding out that Tania is a big Dahl fan before I finally picked something of his up. I wonder what that says.

I think what I loved most about James and the Giant Peach is that, not only is it entertaining and highly imaginative, it's educational. The reader learns interesting facts about grasshoppers and earthworms and glow-worms, etc.

The illustrations by Quentin Blake are priceless, an indispensable part of the story. I don't know if Dahl's books can be acquired without Blake's illustrations, but they shouldn't be.

It feels like cheating to include this as part of my fifty-book goal, as it's such a quick and easy read. If it is cheating, though, I may have to cheat a couple more times, as I definitely want to read more by Roald Dahl.