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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 of...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published 2001 by Puffin Books (first published 1982)
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Alex
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Jennifer
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
Justine
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...more
Elizabeth McDonald
Aug 17, 2008 Elizabeth McDonald rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.)
Jess Michaelangelo
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
Joy
Jun 19, 2007 Joy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer
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...more
Jennifer
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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...more
Nikki
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
Diane
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...more
Sarah
Jul 10, 2012 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...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
Hanne
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...more
Michele
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 readers 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...more
Fionnuala
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
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...more
Sharlene
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...more
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
Karol
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.
Heather
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!
Beth
I'm a big Roald Dahl fan, but somehow I missed reading this one until now. I think The BFG is a very fun book for children. I especially like how the giants talk, especially the Big Friendly Giant. Parents should enjoy it, too, because as an adult, I still found it to be an engaging read.
Jim Peterson
If you like to read aloud to your kids, I can't think of a better book, although several other Roald Dahl books may be close. The kids loved it, the parents loved it and it is easy to include fun character voices.
Aprille
What the hell is BFG?? LOL. BFG states for, Big Friendly Giant. An enjoyable story of an orphaned girl and a friendly giant. Another Roald Dahl classic!
Bryce Akey
I enjoyed “The BFG.” The story started in an orphanage, where a little girl named Sophie lived. Sophie was awake one night when she saw something huge wandering around the streets. The giant saw that Sophie was watching her, so he picked her up, and ran off with her. When they arrived at the giants cave, the giant explained himself. He told her that he was a friendly giant, not like the other giants, who ate children. He told Sophie that he had to take her, because he knew that she would have to...more
Emily May

How could I not give 5 stars to the book that made me want to read in the first place?

The BFG is my childhood.

Marshaferz
What's to say>? It's Roald Dahl. Wonderfully written, ridiculously imaginative, and completely delightful.
Dorothea
Re-reading The BFG as an adult, the first thing that struck me is how seriously Sophie, the eight-year-old protagonist, is taken.

The BFG always, always treats her as an equal. He expects her to understand the same things he does (which isn't always easy for Sophie since she's only just learned that giants exist!) and takes to heart everything she says, so it's easy for her to hurt his feelings.

For most of the story, too, there's not even a question that anything Sophie says might not be believed...more
Lisa is Busy Nerding
Apr 25, 2008 Lisa is Busy Nerding added it
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: own-it
in a sentence: sophie, a little girl on the top floor of an icky orphanage, is awake during the witching hour and knows something is up...and then she meets a big, friendly, giant! let the adventure begin!

oh man, i absolutely love this book. it just makes me feel like snuggling up under a blanket and cozying with a teddy bear. sophie is scooped up by the BFG (big friendly giant) while he is doing some very suspicious things - blowing some liquid into people ears? after being gently carried to th...more
David
Roald Dahl published several books after I was in the age group to read them--the last I read as a child was "Danny, Champion of the World," which remains one of my favorite books. I believe the BFG had his genesis in "Danny"--he (the BFG) is the subject of a bedtime story Danny's father tells him.

And so the BFG was a story I read to my little girl. This book, like some of the other latter-day Dahl books, has real menace and violence in it, and it even caused my daughter to grip my arm tightly a...more
Andrea
A read aloud with the boys.

I loved this when I was a kid and loved it all over again with the boys. They loved it too. A win/win all around.

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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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