Book Review: The BFG by Roald Dahl

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Written by Roald Dahl 
Illustrated by Quentin Blake 
Published in 1982
Genre/Topics: Humor, Fantasy
Ages: 6+, 212 pages 


Most people don’t even think giants exist and those that do are usually very afraid of them. However, the Big Friendly Giant or the BFG doesn’t want to hurt anyone. Sophie is an orphan who first meets the BFG while looking out her window at night. The BFG notices and reaches through her window to take her away, since nobody would believe her if she said she saw a giant. Soon Sophie realizes that the BFG is friendly and has no plans to eat her, instead he was out at night putting dreams with his long trumpet into children’s ears. It’s not always pleasant, because the BFG is the smallest among other giants who desire to eat human beans every night. When the large and revolting giants are out eating human beans, the BFG captures dreams and stores thousands into jars. Sophie learns where the giants plan to find their next meal and the BFG and her form a plan to stop them before it’s too late. 

The BFG has all the standard humor, fun, and zany words that are unique to Roald Dahl. So far I haven’t been disappointed by one of his books. I’m sure you’ll wish you also knew a giant, well at least a friendly one.

4 thoughts on “Book Review: The BFG by Roald Dahl

    thiskidreviewsbooks said:
    April 26, 2013 at 3:52 am

    I like the “human beans” 🙂

      Caroline responded:
      April 27, 2013 at 9:15 am

      That was my favorite book line and made me smile each time I read it.

    Anastasia said:
    July 24, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Our teacher read this to my class (no wonder I always liked her). I loved Dahl’s language in this one,his imagination and the plot of course. How two characters defeat all the bad guys 🙂

      Caroline responded:
      July 24, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      I love Dahl’s books. He just seems to know children and those young at heart to keep their imagination. Thanks for stopping by.

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