Reviews for James and the Giant Peach : A Children's Story

Horn Book Guide Reviews 1996
The text in this new edition remains unchanged, but the book is updated with Smith's black-and-white pencil sketches. His interpretation of the fantasy -- which contemporary young readers will recognize from Disney's film version -- is not quite as magical as Burkert's delightful renderings in the original edition. The new edition will suffice, but readers shouldn't skip the first. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Kirkus Reviews 1996 April
0-14-037424-8 ~ James and the Giant Peach ($16.00, $4.99 Puffin paperback; April 1, 1996; 126 pp.; 0-679-88090-9, paper 0-14-037424-8): This newly illustrated edition of an avowed children's favorite has all the makings of a classic match-up: Milne had Shepard, Carroll had Tenniel, and now Dahl has Smith. Yes, there is a movie tied in to all of this, but more importantly, author and illustrator were made for each other, and it's of little consequence that it took almost 35 years for them to meet. (Fiction. 6-12) Copyright 1999 Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly Reviews 1996 April #1
Lane Smith trades stinky cheese for fantastic fruit with his black-and-white illustrations for Roald Dahl's classic 1961 novel, James and the Giant Peach. The reissue is timed to coincide with the release of the Disney animated motion picture based on Smith's suitably subversive visual interpretation. Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information.