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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
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Paperback, 199 pages
Published 2001 by Puffin Books (first published 1982)
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Michelle I am currently reading it out aloud to my 9 year daughter and my 6 year old son. Read somewhere it will be coming out in the movies sometime in 2016!…moreI am currently reading it out aloud to my 9 year daughter and my 6 year old son. Read somewhere it will be coming out in the movies sometime in 2016! Hoping to teach that reading book before the movie gives so much more for the imagination(less)
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Petra X
Do you know what the BFG stood for before his publisher told him he had to think of other words for the acronym? Dahl wasn't joking either, not at all. This story is of a man's interest in a prepubescent girl. The first thing he does is enter her bedroom in the middle of the night and kidnap her. Taking her away from the orphanage she lives in to the land of the extremely unfriendly giants who, in the original draft forced the little girl to look at their giant 'clubs'. But the BFG's different, ...more
Natalie
Apr 12, 2016 Natalie rated it liked it
“The witching hour, somebody had once whispered to her, was a special moment in the middle of thenight when every child and every grown-up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came outfrom hiding and had the world to themselves.”

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After finishing the last page of this incredibly intruiging book, I immediately wanted to reread it to my little sister.
I picked The BFG up right after watching the newly released trailer and I’m so happy that I did. The trailer alone looked beautiful, so I
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Alex
Feb 15, 2008 Alex rated it it was amazing
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Jennifer
Jun 05, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
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
P.Z.
Apr 13, 2016 P.Z. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I really love this book. It's pretty short but the story is very joyful. The BFG is a good giant, he intrigued me with his own language from the first. Sophie is a girl kidnapped from her bed and her adventure just begins when she and the BFG have to stop the ruthless giants before they devour all of human beans.

Dahl could create the book that hooked me from the beginning and the ending of this book was so delightful, I felt very happy after I finished it. I like his writing style, it captivates
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Sarah Churchill
Dec 31, 2015 Sarah Churchill rated it really liked it
Reread because the trailer for the upcoming movie got me all excited! Classic, love this story so much.
Justine
Dec 06, 2008 Justine rated it liked it
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
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Evelyn (devours and digests words)
I grinned from ear to ear, I laughed out loud, and I even nodded in grave seriousness. These are the reactions The BFG had evoked from me.


‘Human beans is the only animals that is killing their own kind. Even poisnowse snakes is never killing each other. Nor is the most fearsome creatures like tigers and rhinostossterisses. None of them is ever killing their own kind. Has you ever thought about that?’

- The BFG


(If you're amused or puzzled at the poor usage of grammar and spellings, I don't quit
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Jim Ef
Jan 26, 2016 Jim Ef rated it really liked it
Late night, you can’t sleep. Moonlight hits your eyes so you get up to close the curtains. What do you see? Probably nothing, you just close the curtains and return to bed. That’s not the case for Sophie. She saw something, she saw him
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When the giant grubs her with his big arms she’s certainly that he will eat her. She was wrong, not that giants don’t eat kids it’s just that this giant doesn’t eat kids or humans in general. Because this giant, this giant is the BFG (Big friendly giant). He
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Jessika
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
Trish
Jan 21, 2016 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this was ... different.
In the beginning I really wasn't sure whether to give this 3 or 4 stars.
You see, at first I wasn't all that much into the story. Sure, it was nice but the way the BFG talked was a bit tiresome and the story also seemed to drag on a little making it only slightly better than the 2nd Charlie Bucket book and not as good as the one about the giant peach.
However, it might just have been my mood (for some reason not much could hold my interest which is why I read quite a lot
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Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
First of all, I read this book in my native language and I think much of the BFG's way of speaking was lost in the translation process. While reading, I was constantly wondering what the original words might have been.

Second, my son had to read The BFG for school. I think the story failed to fully capture his attention. So, he found himself in the situation in which tomorrow is the Reading Club at school and he didn't read it. As his reading speed is quite low for his 8 years, I read the book to
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Elizabeth McDonald
Aug 17, 2008 Elizabeth McDonald rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those in touch with their inner child
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Mrs. Hirschberg, ca. 1991
Shelves: british, reread, childrens
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.)
Casey ~Kaleidoscopic Killer of the Deep~
My sweet six year old picked the BFG as our next read-aloud book after finishing Matilda. It stared out well and he giggled every time the giant said something goofy but as the chapters went on I could tell his interest was waning. When we read Matilda and The Mouse and the Motorcycle he would beg nearly every night for an extra chapter. With the BFG things were a bit different, around the middle he started choosing to watch tv for a half hour before bed instead of a chapter.

However, once we
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Alex
Jan 04, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
"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
Philip
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
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Chiara Pagliochini
«Io è un diverso! Io è un gentile gigante confusionato! Io è il solo gentile gigante confusionato in tutto il Paese dei Giganti! Io è il GRANDE GIGANTE GENTILE! Io è il GGG. E qual è il tuo nome?»

Vi confesso un segreto. Questo è il mio primo Roald Dahl. Scandaloso, lo so: vero che non lo direte a nessuno? Conoscevo due storie di Dahl attraverso il filtro del cinema (Matilda sei mitica aka la mia infanzia & La fabbrica di cioccolato), ma non avevo mai letto niente di suo, pertanto era arrivat
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Jennifer
Sep 07, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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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
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Joy
Jun 19, 2007 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Klinta (book owly)
Mar 12, 2016 Klinta (book owly) rated it liked it
Full review.
I read it because of the upcoming film and the trailer seemed really magical.

This book was very cute and in my opinion was a lot better than The Witches. It showed real emotions that a child might feel as fear, happiness and anger and sure, most of the events are really unlikely to happen, but they were fairy tale-ish enough to believe them.

And this story wasn't dark, because there weren't much of descriptions of the really scary things, which makes me feel like it would be a good
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Simona
Rating: 5/5



Cu toate că îmi plac mult cărțile pentru copii, acestea nu reușesc mereu să mă captureze atât de mult pe cât mi-aș dori. Sunt extrem de fericită pentru că m-am gândit să lecturez o carte care stă la baza filmului The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)ce va apărea în câteva luni în cinematografe.

MUP (Marele Uriaș Prietenos)de Roald Dahla reapărut la Editura Arthurrecent și în colecția Cărțile Copilăriei. Este prima mea carte din această colecție și m-am îndrăgostit imediat de formatul micuț al c
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Hanne
Sep 07, 2012 Hanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childhood-favs
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
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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
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Sharlene
Oct 08, 2013 Sharlene rated it it was amazing
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
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Nikki
Jan 24, 2011 Nikki rated it it was amazing
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
Ferdy
Jan 26, 2015 Ferdy rated it really liked it
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
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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 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
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Jenny (adultishbooks)
Apr 25, 2016 Jenny (adultishbooks) rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Absolutely delightful and adorable.

I highly recommend the audiobook narrated David Walliams. There are sound effects and David's voices for all the characters are top notch.
Sara J.
Jul 05, 2015 Sara J. rated it really liked it
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
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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.

Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as "A Piece of Cake". The story, about his wartime a
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