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The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG (1982)

by Roald Dahl

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Sophie lies awake in her orphanage dormitory one moon-lit night, when she realizes it is the witching hour. She can’t resist taking a peek to see if what people say about the witching hour is true. But she isn’t really expecting to see the giant, and she runs back to bed and hides under the covers. Too late! The giant knew he’d been spotted and can’t leave any witnesses, so he takes Sophie, bed clothes and all, and flees with her back to Giant Country. She fully expects to be eaten, but this is the BFG – The Big Friendly Giant. His mission is to give people beautiful dreams, not to eat them.

I love Dahl’s use of language in this book. It begs to be read aloud so adults and children can recognize the intention, though the written words may be quite different (e.g. langwitch = language). This is where Natasha Richardson really shines in performing the audio version of this book. She has the perfect delivery to frighten, excite, and delight her listeners – whether adults or children. I had the traditional written text – with wonderful illustrations that can’t be duplicated in an audio format – to go along with listening. Dahl began writing children’s books when I was just graduating to young adult and adult works. And when I left for college my youngest brother was only 3, and hadn’t progressed to Dahl’s works yet. So I never read any of his works until now. I’m sorry I waited so long! ( )
  BookConcierge | Jan 31, 2016 |
Eight year old Sophie awakens one night in a London orphanage unable to sleep. When she looks out her window she sees a 24 foot tall giant peering into bedroom windows and blowing into a strange trumpet-like instrument. The giant catches Sophie spying on him so he snatches her from her window, places her in his pocket and runs back to his cave home in Giant Land. At first very frightened Sophie soon learns that the giant is known as BFG or the Big Friendly Giant. He spends his days catching dreams which he stores in thousands of glass jars in his cave and at night he peeps into children's windows and blows the sweet dreams into their rooms. Unfortunately the BFG is the smallest and the nicest of the giants in the area. There are 9 horrible giants all 50 feet tall who spend their days napping and their nights traveling around the world eating 'human beans'. Sophie and the BFG come up with a plan to stop the cannibalistic giants and their plan includes none other than the Queen of England herself.

This was so much fun! I love the way Dahl can twist words and make such silly-sounding phrases make complete sense. BFG states his words always get 'squiff-squiddled' around (words get twisted), people speak 'rommytot'. and passing gas is called 'whizzpopping'. The BFG is a sweet story about a brave little girl and a gentle giant. Highly recommended.
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  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this book for young students for many reasons. The language throughout the book is very humorous for young readers. There would be phrases used that are not even real words but this made the story whimsical and fun to read. I also enjoyed the illustration of the Giant. The illustrations show him looking exactly how he is described in the book. The pictures show how he is still so kind even though he is really big. Another thing I liked about this book was the storyline. This book is a fantasy book that many young readers would enjoy. It is good to allow students to sometimes read books that are farfetched and exciting so that they grow love for reading. This book will make students want to keep reading. ( )
  smurph33 | Dec 14, 2015 |
Giants eat kids offstage and talk about how tasty they are, which might bother very sensitive kids. The made-up language, though, will be difficult for the lower end of the target age group to read themselves, so it works best as a read-aloud.
  sbanke1 | Dec 8, 2015 |
I liked this book for three reasons. First of all, the language is descriptive. As Sophie looks out the window, the text states, “In the silvery moonlight, the village street she knew so well seemed completely different. The houses looked bent and crooked, like houses in a fairy tale. Everything was pale and ghostly and milky white.” The detail and imagery allows the reader to feel as if he or she is actually in the book looking at the houses and seeing what is happening. The language makes the book more exciting and appealing to read. Second, the illustrations in the book enhance the story. The book shows the BFG holding a snozzcumber to show Sophie what it looks like while the text describes a snozzcumber as “thick around its girth as a perambulator. It was black with white stripes along its length…covered all over with coarse knobbles.” The picture enhances what the text is saying and allows the reader to gain a sense of what the author is talking about. Third, the main character is relatable. Sophie is an orphan who lives in a house with other children where “You got punished if you were caught out of bed after lights-out.” The reader can relate to Sophie if he or she is an orphan, knows an orphan, has a different family structure, or lives under strict rules. Since the reader can identify with Sophie, he or she will be able to understand and connect with the text. Overall, the main idea is that it is important to not generalize and stereotype people as bad if a certain group of people are always portrayed in a negative light. It is important to remember to give people chances since there are good people in the world. ( )
  shill11 | Dec 6, 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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Roald Dahlprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blake, QuentinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dahl, Tor EdvinTranslatorsecondary 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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"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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