James & the Giant Peach Chapters 11-15 Summaries

Instructor: Lindsey Hays

Lindsey has taught Elementary Education, Spanish immersion, and ESL. She has a MS in Elementary Education with a BA in Spanish.

James has truly found himself on an adventure in Chapters 11-15 in 'James and the Giant Peach' by Roald Dahl. In these chapters, he meets giant insects and sets off in a giant, rolling peach with his new friends. Let's see what they are like and how James reacts to this newfound freedom!

Giant Insects in the Giant Peach

What's your favorite garden insect? Whether it's bees, ladybugs, butterflies, dragonflies, or any of the other beautiful springtime insects, I bet you never expected to see an insect the size of you! I wouldn't want to see even my favorite insect be that big!

In James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, James meets some giant insects inside the giant peach in Chapters 11-15. Suddenly he is wrapped up in an adventure that he's not sure he can handle. Let's see what happens when they ''take off'' in the giant peach in Chapters 11-15!

Chapter 11

We left Chapter 10 in suspense, in anxious excitement at what might happen next, as James hears voices in the middle of the peach. Inside he meets an assortment of insects, including a grasshopper, a spider, a ladybug, a centipede, and an earthworm. The only thing is, these insects are as big as him! Crazy, right?

The insects complain of being hungry, and for a split-second James is terrified that he has become lunch! But luckily, they invite him into their ''crew,'' calling him by name, and telling him they've been waiting for him. Who could these giant insects possibly be?

Chapter 12

The centipede asks for help taking off his many boots, so James obliges. The insects joke around with each other about their purposes as insects, which is a delightful change from James' sour aunts. When James asks how the insects got to be their ginormous sizes, they tell him about finding the green crystals.

The insects decide that they need to get sleep for their big day the next day.

Chapter 13

Spider makes beds for the insects by spinning webs high in the peach. James finishes helping Centipede take off his 21 pairs of high-laced boots before climbing into a web hammock of his own. James relaxes into the web, which is much comfier than his wooden slats at home.

Spider spins web hammock beds for everyone.
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Centipede yells at another bug to turn off her light, and James realizes there is a Glow-worm hanging high in the ceiling. She turns off her light, and James feels a rare sense of contentment. He is hopeful about his new friends.

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