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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  186,251 ratings  ·  4,623 reviews
"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-hu
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published November 1st 1982 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 1982)
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Isabelle I agree! I really recommend this book to parents who have kids that range from 8-10 years of age. Dahl takes you to a wonderland that at first you are…moreI agree! I really recommend this book to parents who have kids that range from 8-10 years of age. Dahl takes you to a wonderland that at first you are afraid but then, its the best thing you know. Its great, because it shows how something as a giant, or anything out of the ordinary is scary, but, when you come into contact more than twice, its the best person you've met.(less)
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Like many others, I remember the Roald Dahl books that I read, or had read to me, during my childhood fondly, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and especially, Matilda. Perhaps because I expected to have the same childhood reading adventure as I had with those books, I liked, but did not love, The BFG. I think that Dahl's idea for the story is a creative one, but little things, such as the puns on the names of countries when the BFG describes the taste of "h ...more
I'm not going to lie, I'm rather disappointed with BFG (which I've never read before)-- but is the favorite Dahl book of many of my friends. I found it to be pretty grating and not that pleasant a read for the following reasons:

1) Jar Jar Binks factor. The BFG speaks in his weird, uneducated pigdin that I frankly find kind of insulting. I'm sure children around the English speaking world are all thrilled by what Dahl has created-- but honestly, even for a word-monger like me, this is pretty ridi
Excuse me while I get up on my soapbox. I love Roald Dahl. I always have, and I always will. Although some may disagree with me, I think the most important thing that a child can be encouraged to do is to dream big. There isn't a children's book that Dahl has written that doesn't kickstart the imagination. Now, I admit, I'm only 19, so I don't pretend to know a lot about child-raising, but I stand by what I said--it's important for kids to imagine and believe in the impossible. I mean, c'mon--as ...more
Elizabeth McDonald
Aug 17, 2008 Elizabeth McDonald rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those in touch with their inner child
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Mrs. Hirschberg, ca. 1991
Shelves: childrens, reread, british
I loved this book when I re-read it about a month ago just as much as I loved it when my third-grade teacher read it aloud to my class seventeen years ago. The Big Friendly Giant himself is charming, and I have always loved the cameo appearance of a certain very famous Brit. (I would love to know this person's opinion of the story, too - I personally would be delighted in their shoes.)
"Human beans is thinking they is very clever, but they is not. They is nearly all of them notmuchers and squeakpips," says the BFG in Roald Dahl's most philosophical work, and, well, that's about accurate I guess, and I'm not sure how I feel about exposing an eight-year-old to this kind of truth. Fine? Might as well start 'em sometime? "Human beans is the only animals that is killing their own kind," he also says, which is not actually true but the point is more or less valid. And "Just because ...more
I'm a huge, huge Roald Dahl fan. I loved him as a kid. My favorite book is a toss-up between The Witches and Matilda.

Liz and I had agreed that we wouldn't read Matilda or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory out loud to the kids, so they would be able to experience it themselves. I would read The Witches, but I'm not sure if all of my kids could handle it yet.

So, it fell to The BFG. All three were in for most of the reading, though Poppy (being 3) left for large swaths. This was the longest book Gw
Jun 19, 2007 Joy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the child at heart
I first found this book in about 2nd grade at my school Library. I borrowed it since I'd read most of Roald Dahl's other children's books and had my dad read it to me. Let me point out that my father is the best story-teller/reader. He does voices for everyone and he has this great English accent that is perfect for Roald Dahl books. I fell in love with the simple giant who has deep insights, the wonderful adventures, the dream collecting, the possibility of little girls doing great things, and ...more
Scarier than I remembered (damn those monsters really ate little kids!)

But of course this is another Dahl classic. I guess I was charmed the most by The Queen's appearance in the story (Does The Queen know about this? Has she read "The BFG", did Wills and Harry read it as kids- like we all did- and think, "Hey, that's Gran!"? -All good questions.)

I also liked the part at the Castle when they had to make a really big table, chair, plate, ect... so the BFG could have breakfast with them, this was
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The BFG, famously written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake is a fictional fantasy story about a young girl who finds friendship in an unexpected place. It is a prime example of the way in which a simple story can engage the imagination of the younger reader. Visual and linguistic stimuli can be used to great effect, in this case to give the characters personalities that children can easily relate to. The use of language also effectively and inve
Every kids' nightmare: you're lying at night in bed, awake, you hear something, you get out of bed, see a huge monstrous thing. You sneak back in bed, trembling, hoping it didn't see you, and then a huge hand snatches you right out of bed. No matter how much i like the BFG, I still don't want him to do that to me. I must admit that i'm not that adventurous.

As with all Roald Dahl books, this book is full with little touches. Like the confession that all Giants are afraid of Jack. 'Jack is the onl
3.5 stars

Not my favourite Dahl, but still a wonderfully fun and silly read.
Loved the BFG, he was so sweet and lovely.
Sophie on the other hand was a bit of snob and hypocrite. I think she liked making the BFG feel like a right thicko, he told her he was uneducated and not good with words but the little madam kept bringing up his many vocabulary mistakes despite already knowing he struggled with language and whatnot. She was a bit of a silly cow.
The illustrations were as whimsical and expressive
This has got to be my favourite book of all time. Since a young age I was an avid reader, but when I was introduced to, 'The BFG' by Roald Dahl, my reading experience took a drastic turn.

The story explores the adventurous relationship between Sophie, a little orphan girl who longs to belong to a family and the 'BFG' who is nothing like the other giants and is constantly being ridiculed for being a vegetarian!

Their lives collide with one another when Sophie, catches the BFG lurking through her to
This was one of my absolute favourite books when I was little. It's my second favourite Roald Dahl book, too -- you can probably guess the absolute favourite, if you know me just a little and Roald Dahl's more famous works... Anyway, I'll be reading that soon enough: for now, I'm talking about the BFG. Roald Dahl managed to make things very scary at the same time as everything was really going to be alright: it's alright to be turned into a mouse, and all the witches will be caught in the end; t ...more
This is a near perfect book. My fourth grader and I are reading it together. He has resisted chapter books big time....until now.
The reason I love this one is because it has all the elements that get boys to read. Super short, easy to read chapters. Great pictures and art work that keep reader's reading. Funny, charming dialogue that kids can understand. I've read it many times, but find myself enjoying it more each time. Another thing I like, is that there are some tricky words in there. I've b
Sara J.
This was my probably one of my first Roald Dahl books - read to my by my Class 6 middle school teacher Ms. Knowles at St. Chrysostom's Primary School (funny how certain things stick in your head that way). Such a great, great story. The best element were the dreams in bottles collection (yeah - I can just see my hoarder tendencies coming out here :p).

I guess, in a way, this was my first 'audio book' - or at least the first one I remember. Haha.

Great stuff.

Going back into my GR "read" shelf to w
Jul 10, 2012 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children around 8 years old
Roald Dahl's The BFG was the first book I read as a child and I absolutely loved it! This is the book which started my passion for reading and I am pleased to say it does not disapoint the second time around.
The BFG tells the story of the big friendly giant who prefers to be friends with 'human beans' rather than eat them, as his fellow giants do. He spends his time creating dreams which he keeps in bottles and every evening he travels the land distributing the dreams to children while they sle
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I think this was the first Dahl book I ever read, though my memory's a bit confused now - it was either this book or Danny the Champion of the World; I think it was this one. I think I borrowed it so many times from the school library that my mother caved and bought it for me - inside the front cover, where I've written my name and the year (1988 - when I was 8), it says "TREAT!" in big letters. We didn't get things very often outside of birthdays and Christmas, so when I did get something as a ...more
Diane Librarian
I've been on a Roald Dahl kick lately and have been rereading some of his books that I've loved since childhood. The BFG is a fun story about a big friendly giant who gallops around England at night blowing happy dreams into the bedrooms of sleeping children. One evening, he befriends a girl named Sophie, and together they plot to get rid of some evil giants.

The book is delightful because of Dahl's humorous made-up words and the quirkiness of the BFG, but it's made complete by the marvelous illu
Stacey (prettybooks)
This is a short blogpost taken from Thoughts on Roald Dahl: The BFG, The Witches & Fantastic Mr. Fox.

The BFG is my second favourite Roald Dahl novel after Matilda. I watched the animated film as a child and now I realise it's a flawless adaptation. I adored fearless Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant, and their friendship, although that moment when The BFG first sees Sophie still gives me the chills! The BFG is a classic Roald Dahl story, full of dark humour – the other giants really are brut
Come sempre Dahl si conferma una garanzia di grande intrattenimento, intelligenza e scrittura impeccabile. Ne Il G.G.G. l’autore elabora la formula che seguirà anche ne Le streghe, il suo romanzo successivo: prende un cattivo da fiaba, in questo caso il gigante, e lo catapulta nella realtà moderna, con tutto ciò che letterariamente ne consegue. Se ne Le streghe, però, la suddivisione fra bene e male, è netta, e tutte le streghe sono cattive, ne Il G.G.G. la situazione è leggermente più compless ...more
Ozan Yunus
The BFG is one of the best and funniest books I have ever read. It is a classic and a story i remember well from my own childhood. Every child should be read this story. In it, a girl named Sophie wakes up during "witching hour". In the distance, she sees a tall dark figure. As it comes closer, shes shocked what her eyes are showing her ,a GIANT! She thought that such things did not exist!! But Sophie not only sees him, HE sees HER. She hides under the covers in her bed, but still she is carried ...more
Laura Harrison
One of the few books that actually scared me as a child. The BFG seemed a lot harsher to me than the cover art depicts. Wasn't he always threatening to eat the little girl? Anyhoo-it was good times. Loved it!
The BFG is thirty years old this year so it seemed like a good idea to finally read it. I cheerfully bought it for my kids years ago but never realised how potentially scary it was. A giant arm reaching into a child's bedroom and plucking her out of her bed to gobble her up! A giant cucumber that tastes of frog skin and rotten fish! Politically incorrect statements about nearly every country in the world. Just as well I didn't read it back then because I might have censored it and deprived my ki ...more
The book I read The BFG was a beautiful book.One of the strengths about this book is it shows that every body can get along.I didn't find a weakness in this book though.In the book a little girl named Sophie gets carried away in the night by a giant called The BFG.The BFG and Sophie start to bond, and eventually become good friends.I would recommend this book to people who like books by old-school writers.I have already read another book by Roald Dohl named The Witches.
I was a bit taken aback when I started reading this book with my son. It was a recommended read for his grade level - and I guess I wasn't expecting 9 ugly, 50-foot giants who loved to eat "human beans".

Yet, it's an engaging story that is often very funny.

My son was reluctant to read it, too. But when we were finished, my son said, "I wish there were more BFG books". Gotta' give it a "5" for that reason, alone.
Not my fav. Dahl book by far, but entirely enjoyable. Also the kind of book I'd like to read with or to a child. Maybe this summer with my seven-year old grandson.

A little girl encounters the one friendly giant - the BFG or Big Friendly Giant - out of a group of nine other really horrible, children-eating giants. (The language is crazy. The made-up words worthy of Lewis Carroll himself. I tried reading some words aloud; they are as silly-sounding as they look on the page.) In order to stop the '
Eloise baker
This is the story of an orphaned girl called Sophie, who when hearing a noise outside her window creeps to have a peek out and is surprised to see a giant across the street. Realising that sophie has seen him, the giant plucks sophie from her room and takes her to giant country. Sophie fears the giant will eat her but...she is not a snozzcumber so she is quite safe, this giant is strictly a vegetarian!!

The big friendly giant is a dream-blower and travels the night blowing dreams through "chidler
Bethany Hammon
This is one of my favorite childhood books! I strongly recommend it! The language is so fun for kids/preteens to read.
Apr 20, 2008 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids ages 8-12 and their parents!
Recommended to Heather by: Hannah the banana nut muffin
I kept hearing my daughter bursting out laughing as we lay next to each other reading at bedtime, so after she was done with this book I grabbed it to read. It was hilarious. I read Roald Dahl books as a kid and had forgotten how whimsical and unique his books are. You can read it in a night or 2 if you need a break from your regular reading!
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Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.

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