'Something is about to happen, James told himself. Something peculiar is about to happen at any moment . . . We are about to roll away inside this great big beautiful peach to a land of . . . of . . .'
James has lived with his two beastly aunts ever since the day his parents were eaten up outside London Zoo by an angry escaped rhinoceros. Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker are really horrible people. They make poor James's life a misery. But one day he meets a mysterious man who gives him a bag of magic crocodile tongues, then something very peculiar happens - something magical that will whisk James away from his wretched existence and take him on the most amazing and unbelievable journey!