James Henry Trotter is a lonely boy who lives with his horrible aunts - that is, until something magical happens...
"After James Henry Trotter had been living with his aunts for three whole years there came a morning when something rather peculiar happened to him." - James and the Giant Peach
James Henry Trotter is the lead character in Roald Dahl's first well-known children's book, James and the Giant Peach, which was first published in 1961. Since then the story has been adapted as an animated film in 1996, and as a children's play by David Wood.
When we first meet him, James is a lonely boy living with his two aunts "in a queer ramshackle house on the top of a high hill in the south of England." This is because, right at the beginning of the story, poor James is orphaned when his parents are killed by an angry rhinoceros.
His aunts are horrible. They make James do all the cleaning and never let him away from the house to meet other children or make friends.
But James's luck starts to change when he meets a mysterious old man who hands him a magical gift that will change his life - and introduce James to some of the most unusual friends a young boy could ever have...
In the 1996 film version of James and the Giant Peach, James was voiced by actor Paul Terry.
Something peculiar is about to happen any moment.
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