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The BFG (1982)

by Roald Dahl

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Wild language and silly adventure bring the reader into this story of young girl, snatched from bed by a 24 foot giant and whisked off to the land of giants. She quickly realizes that her captor means her no harm, but the other giants who inhabit this land are ravenous monsters who feed off of humans. Slowly she begins to trust and like the BFG, but demands one evening as the others head off to England to feast, that he step in a do something. Together they hatch a wild plan to stop them that involves placing a dream in the Queen of England, exposing the BFG to the public and utilizing the military to capture the awful giants.

Confusing language that will engage early readers in a thoughtful and laugh-out-loud manner, this book is sure to please early readers or the caregivers reading to them. An easy adventure classic those young readers won't soon forget it. The illustrations are of note, providing context to the otherwise unbelievable happenings in a style that only Blake can.
  ndhalsan | Mar 8, 2014 |
One night Sophie was trying to sleep but she can’t the moon was shining a lot in her eyes. She lives in an orphanage and one of the principals rules of it, was that kids can´t wake up after the mandated turn off lights. But Sophie can’t sleep so she wake up and she started to see true the window and she saw a non-human, giant an ugly ogre so she became scared, so she tried to hide but was late because the BFG was taking she to his cave so she was so scared but when time passed she start to familiarize with the giant. She started to think that the giant was not bad like all the normal ogres, and also the ogre started to think that he had choose up the best kid, he started to care for Sophie and Sophie started to care for him.

He lives with other nine ogres that treat so bad him, also the rest of ogres at night go to other countries to eat people and take them out from their houses when they are sleeping. But the one that belongs to Sophie was good because he don’t eat people, so if he doesn’t eat people he had to eat. The other nine ogres were so aggressive with the inoffensive one, so Sophie was so angry and she feels like a piece of garbage because the BFG was littler than others. But an idea came to the head of Sophie that was if they could not do anything with strength use the intelligence, because BFG all the nights go to the dreams of people, so and Sophie enter to the dreams of queen of England, to tell what was happening with bad ogres, so the queen devised a plan with their army to take them when they were sleeping and put them in a hole eating putrefied vegetables, and at the end the queen make a big big house to BFG next to the palace and next to his home a little house to Sophie.

Unfamiliar words:

Gap N: An opening in a solid structure or surface; a cleft or breach. pg 9
A brilliant moonbeam was slanting through a gap in the curtains.

Suitcase N: a portable rectangular travelling case, usually stiffened, for carrying clothing, etc. pg 13
She saw the giant back a pace andput the suitcase down on the pavement.

Grinned V:To smile broadly, often baring the teeth, as in amusement, glee, embarrassment, or other strong emotion.pg 25
He grinned.

Deaf adj: Partially or completely lacking in the sense of hearing. pg 43
you is deaf as a dumpling compared with me.

Forgive V: To excuse for a fault or an offense; pardon. pg 45
so do please forgive me and go on....
  nicolas.mesa | Feb 28, 2014 |
I have no real idea as to why it took us so darn long to finish this book. It started as a bed time book but the text was too small to read in low light...so we began to read a chapter while waiting for the school bus. Speaking in the manner of the BFG was difficult. My 6 year old wanted this to be the first full length chapter book she read to me...but with the language of the BFG it was just much too difficult. I stopped looking forward to reading this one about the middle. But I will be honest it seemed to pick up some steam at the end and had a better finish then start. I would have given this one three stars but as she was heading down the drive way this morning she proclaimed the Big Friendly Giant to be her new favorite character. That alone earns the book another star in my eyes! ( )
  dms02 | Feb 27, 2014 |
Sophie was an orphan. One night she can’t sleep. She look at the window and she sees a giant. The giant see her so she go to the bed. The giant took the girl and go where the giant lives. Sophie think that he going to eat her, but he say that he don’t eat humans. The giant tells her that he was the BFG that means the big friendly giant and that he do that the children have good dreams. He also tells that the other giants eat humans. Sophie enters to the dream of the queen and make that the armed go and attack giants so that they can’t go to eat children.

Swiping.
He is swiping in the mouth! Yelled the Meatdripper.-95
To hit or try to hit something, ESP. With a sideways movement of the arm.-VB

Shivers.
They is getting shivers down their spindels.-98
to shake slightly and quickly because of feeling cold, ill, or frightened.-VB

Spindels.
They is getting shivers down their spindels.-98
Long or tall and thin, and looking weak.-ADJ

Rim.
They had steel rims and very thick, lenses and she could hardly see a thing without them.-10
The outer, often curved or circular, edge of something.-N

Slanting.
A brilliant moonbeam was slanting through a gap in the curtains.-9
Sloping in one direction.-ADJ ( )
  valeria.lozada | Feb 22, 2014 |
I enjoyed this book somewhat. I liked the message of the story, which was you can do anything you can put your mind to accomplish. I found that the plot of the story was easy to follow. The whole plot flowed easily and made sense. It was extremely creative and I found it believable, because I understood the characters so well. I really liked the relationship between Sophie and the BFG because they both learn things from each other. Sophie learns that the rules she had always been taught to follow weren't necessary the right ones from what the BFG tells her. For example, when Sophie sees the dream is moving and says it is cruel not to feed something that is alive, the BFG tells her, "The north wind is alive...It touches you on the cheek...But nobody is feeding it." This confuses Sophie, but she just accepts his statement. The BFG learns that he is capable of many things because Sophie demands it from him when she asks him to make a dream for the Queen. Something that I really did not like about the book was all the scrambled and made-up words, such as "Dahl's Chickens", "muckfrumping", and "gobblefunking". I found that I became so lost in them at times I couldn't figure out what the BFG was saying. ( )
  lstec2 | Feb 13, 2014 |
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The BFG captures the imagination of every adult and child with an imagination worth capturing. Wonderfully written, witty, courageous, understated and with such a strong morality, this book is a treaure for young and old readers alike. We have been blessed with the gift of language and writers like Roald Dahl allow themselves to roll in the hay with letters and words. The result is a story with a big heart and a dancing theme.
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Roald Dahlprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blake, QuentinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Natasha, RichardsonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vriesendorp, HuberteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Olivia (20th April 1955 - 17th November 1962)
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From: Scholastic.com

"Well, first of all," said the BFG, "human beans is not really believing in giants, is they? Human beans is not thinking we exist." Sophie discovers that giants not only exist, but that there are a great many of them who like to guzzle and swallomp nice little chiddlers. But not the Big Friendly Giant. He and Sophie cook up an ingenious plot to free the world of troggle-humping — forever.

The BFG — Big Friendly Giant — is no ordinary bone-crushing giant: he is far too nice. How he and his tiny friend, Sophie, conspire to put an end to the loathsome activities of the other Giants is marvelously told by a writer and an artist who "are uncanny in their understanding of what children like to read and see". — The New York Times Book Review.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0142410381, Paperback)

Evidently not even Roald Dahl could resist the acronym craze of the early eighties. BFG? Bellowing ferret-faced golfer? Backstabbing fairy godmother? Oh, oh ... Big Friendly Giant! This BFG doesn't seem all that F at first as he creeps down a London street, snatches little Sophie out of her bed, and bounds away with her to giant land. And he's not really all that B when compared with his evil, carnivorous brethren, who bully him for being such an oddball runt. After all, he eats only disgusting snozzcumbers, and while the other Gs are snacking on little boys and girls, he's blowing happy dreams in through their windows. What kind of way is that for a G to behave?

The BFG is one of Dahl's most lovable character creations. Whether galloping off with Sophie nestled into the soft skin of his ear to capture dreams as though they were exotic butterflies; speaking his delightful, jumbled, squib-fangled patois; or whizzpopping for the Queen, he leaves an indelible impression of bigheartedness. (Ages 9 to 12)

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:50:50 -0400)

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Snatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.

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