The BFG by Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Published by Puffin on June 1st 1998
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
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Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast.
When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!
I love Dahl’s writing. The BFG was almost impossible to understand but it was so funny to see all the words he made up.
This was a really cute story, when you put aside all the child-eating. The giants were awful. No detail was spared. But the BFG was so loveable and kind and wise. And Sophie was resourceful too. The whole story was such fun, with the dream-blowing and the snozzcumbers and the whizzpopping. Once you got into the hang of what the BFG was saying, it all came together into a nice little story. Dahl’s storytelling is marvelous and so witty. There was a lot of wordplay as well.
There are also several small themes in the book, like how wrong it is to kill other members of your species and the whole seeing is believing bit. They are introduced in a way that will certainly make children think.
“‘What I mean and what I say is two different things,’ the BFG announced rather grandly.”
“And do kindly stop breathing. You is terribly noisy down there.”
-the BFG, p. 82
“I is off to Baghdad and I is going to Baghdad and mum and every one of their ten children as well!”
-the Fleshlumpeater, p. 174
Good vs. Bad
Less than perfect:
Although parts of the story are a bit gruesome and dark, most of it comes off as fun and heartwarming. The BFG is loveable and wise and Sophie is kind and resourceful. The writing is witty and fun. There are also some themes in this book worth pondering. Would I read more by this author? Yes, I love Dahl. Would I recommend this to others? Yes.