James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
As is common in many of Roald Dahl’s books, James is a child stuck in a horrible situation. Orphaned, he’s living with two nasty aunts who use him as manual labor and don’t ever let him have fun.
But someone is looking out for James, and a mysterious little man gives him a bag of green magic crystals…only…he drops them. But his chance at happiness isn’t lost, because the crystals are dropped beneath a peach tree. The tree, formerly barren, suddenly produces a peach that grows larger by the minute, until it’s the size of a house. Inside the peach are a variety of common garden insects, such as a centipede and a grasshopper, each as large as a human because they too ingested some of the magic crystals.
James and his new friends take a magical journey on the gigantic peach, as journey only the imagination of Roald Dahl could produce. I’ll never look at rainbows or hail the same way again, or seagulls!