James aunts are just plain cruel and that's what makes the story way more interesting. If there weren't any cruel aunts then it would just be a story on how a kids parents died then he found a giant peach. So its better that he has mean aunts so then the story could also be better. One is short and really fat and that is Aunt Sponge. Aunt Spiker is the completely opposite she is super tall and super skinny/ bony. They both enjoy making James life miserable which is completely mean but makes the story way better.