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The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG (1982)

by Roald Dahl

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    tankexmortis: This is a fantastically original and charming work for kids and adults that for the first time in years brought to mind the work of Roald Dahl.
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Loved this one, as expected, because I generally love Dahl. In fact, everyone here loved this book, children and adults. The fixed-up, made-up language/words were great and the story was interesting and funny.

Perhaps more later. ( )
  Industrialstr | Aug 7, 2015 |
The BFG is not the average. He is very nice and jumbled. And for Sophie that is a great thing. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the any of the other giants she would have become a midnight snack. Sophie overhears that they are flush-bunking off in England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers! She decides she must stop them and the BFG is going to help her!

Personal: This is just a fun story to read and it is exciting and is a great imagination builder.

Extension: Have the children draw what they think the BFG would look like. Or have the children go through the book and have the children find all the BFG's jumbled words and have them figure out what they mean.
  M_Graham | Jul 4, 2015 |
This is a very cute book but should be read with caution to younger students. Some students may be fearful with the giants plucking "chiddlers" out of their beds at night and eating them. The BFG is a friendly giant that tries to save all the little "chiddlers". His mixed us language is hilarious and is a great way for students with a good command of basic grammar to pick out the mistakes in what he says and the mixed up words he uses. The vocabulary is so creative and funny it would be neat to put a list of the words on the board and have students make up definitions for them based solely on the words and then when reading the story see if they were correct. They could then change their definitions to fit the use of the word in the story. IT would also be fun to give students a definition and have them make up a funny word for that definition. Playing with words is fun. The book has a great ending with the bad giants being captured and the BFG moving near the Queen with all of his precious phizzwizards and ringbellers. ( )
  msmarymac | Jun 15, 2015 |
The BFG is a novel that readers of all ages can enjoy, including myself. The writing is creative and engaging. The humor and made up words keep a reader engaged and curious about what exactly the writing is talking about. The plot was very enjoyable and it contained a really strong central message of making sure you always do the right thing. ( )
  iamryancorcoran | Jun 9, 2015 |
The BFG is a novel that readers of all ages can enjoy, including myself. The writing is creative and engaging. The humor and made up words keep a reader engaged and curious about what exactly the writing is talking about. The plot was very enjoyable and it contained a really strong central message of making sure you always do the right thing.
  akern3 | May 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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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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