This is the story of young James, who, after his parents have died, must live with two terrible aunts. After an encounter with a mysterious old man, a magic peach begins to grow to the size of a house in the garden. James discovers a tunnel in the side of the peach, and crawls into the pit to find the peach’s magic has also worked to enlarge a number of bugs, including a centipede, a spider, an earthworm, and a grasshopper. The peach rolls out of the hilltop garden down to the ocean. Fortunately, the peach floats, but soon sharks begin trying to take bites out of its side, and later the peach takes to the air with the help of a flock of seagulls. James must think of a way to save himself as well as his strange new friends.
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