This year marks the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach [J DAH, also J AB/CD DAH]. It was published way back in 1961 and has become a children's classic despite being somewhat controversial. For the decade, 1990 to 2000, it was number 56 on the American Library Association's "100 Most Frequently Challenged Books."
It was made into an animated film back in 1996 [J DVD JAM]. Our copy has been out more than 100 times, so I guess we can say the movie version is pretty popular, too!
Since this is a milestone year, the folks at the official Roald Dahl website have set up a "Follow that Peach" project where kids send a paper peach through the mail to friends. It is hoped that each peach reaches 50 people! For more information, click here.