The Cloud-Men are mysterious beings who live on top of the clouds. They generally hide from people traveling by air, but because the peach moves so silently, unlike noisy airplanes, James and his friends are able to sneak up on the Cloud-Men and even interact with them. The Cloud-Men make all the weather that occur down on Earth; James notices factories that produce cyclones and watches Cloud-Men form hailstones and paint a rainbow. They’re a frightening sight, as they stand twice as tall as a normal man, with wispy bodies and tiny black eyes. When the Centipede characteristically insults the Cloud-Men, the Cloud-Men prove themselves mean and dangerous. They hurl hailstones at the peach, attempt to board the peach, and even douse it with a deluge of water.
The Cloud-Men Character Timeline in James and the Giant Peach
The timeline below shows where the character The Cloud-Men appears in James and the Giant Peach. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...the height of normal men. The Ladybug is afraid, but James shushes her—these must be Cloud-Men. Everyone is afraid the Cloud-Men will see them. The Centipede tells the Earthworm that the... (full context)