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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.

Book Review: The Twits

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The Twits 

by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

Ages 8+, 96 pages

Fantasy & Humor

Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the ugliest, dirtiest,  and smelliest people in the world. Mr. Twit has a very hairy beard that he never cleans and everything attaches onto the hairs. Mrs. Twit has the ugliest face ever, because she constantly has ugly thoughts. At the start of the book, Mr. and Mrs. Twit try to out revenge each other. Mrs. Twit uses her glass eye to watch Mr. Twit, but then he puts a frog in her bed. However, similar to other Dahl books the revenge slowly turns onto the ugly and dirty Twits. I thought this was a fun book with gross humor that I’m sure many will get a laugh.

If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until it gets so ugly you can hardly bear to look at it.

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.

Nothing good shone out of Mrs. Twit’s face.

– Roald Dahl (The Twits, page 9)