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The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG (1982)

by Roald Dahl

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The extra star is added on for the BFG film with David Jason singing a song about farting. ( )
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |
This is a fantasy book. This book follows the friendship of a orphan girl names sophie and the big friendly giant. One night while sophie is looking out the window of the orphange, she sees a giant reaching in windows, Scared, she runs to her bed but is soon snatched out by this giant. He takes her to the lang of giants where she thinks he is a "cannybull" but he informs her that he is the one nice giant around. Their friendship grows and Sophie learns that he catches bad dreams and is responisble for giving kids good dreams. One night while they are dreamcatching, the Army follows the BFG to the land of giants where they tie up all the "cannybull" giants and take them away. The BFG is then built a huge house with a small cottage next to it so that he can live next to his friend Sophie. ( )
  kfrost32 | Mar 3, 2015 |
I enjoyed this book. It is a cute, humorous story. The story was entertaining, unpredictable, and exciting. I would recommend this book to children and adults alike.

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I think that this would be a good book for an older walk to read group. It is entertaining and it teaches great lessons. For example, it teaches people to be kind and not to judge others. It would also be a great recommendation for outside reading as well.
  ERegele | Mar 1, 2015 |
Wonderfully funny Roald Dahl at his best. Sophie is whisked away by The BFG because because she saw him. She learns of the awful giants and immediately decides that they must do something. I could listen to The BFG all day - Dahl has given him the funniest speech problems. I enjoyed seeing how much The BFG and Sophie need each other - to stop the gruesome child-eating giants and for friendship! I especially enjoyed how Roald Dahl added the Queen of England as a main character! I would use this with a library unit on popular children's authors. ( )
  amrahmn | Feb 25, 2015 |
In this book there is a young girl named Sophie and a Big Friendly Giant. One night Sophie just could not fall asleep and at the dead of the night the Friendly Giant would secretly give young children dreams. The Friendly Giant didn't want anyone to know about him so when he saw that Sophie was awake, he snatched her up and ran off to a strange land. Sophie was very afraid that the giant would eat her so when she soon learned that the Giant would not eat her she was super relived.But she also soon learned that there were other giants that did eat people and she was so angered by that that she made a plan with the Friendly giant . As they start making the plan they soon turn into wonderful friends.
I like this book because there was lots of funny parts to the book and I enjoy reading funny books. I also liked this book because I really like the author Roald Dahl and I am trying to read all of his magnificent books. ( )
  EmmaS91 | Feb 18, 2015 |
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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
Meek, ElinTranslatorsecondary 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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Sophie couldn't sleep.
A brilliant moonbeam was slanting through a gap in the curtains. It was shining right onto her pillow.
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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)

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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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4 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141805919, 0141322624, 0141332166, 014134301X

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