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The BFG

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  226,859 Ratings  ·  6,491 Reviews
Roald Dahl's beloved novel hits the big screen in July 2016 in a major motion picture adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg from Amblin Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures.

When Sophie is snatched from her orphanage bed by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), she fears she will be eaten. But insteadthe two join forces to vanquish the nine other far less gentle giants who thre
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Hardcover, Everyman's Library Children's Classics, 256 pages
Published November 2nd 1993 by Everyman's Library (first published 1982)
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Ellen YES!!! It is extremely loveable. If you like this, I reccomend James and the Giant Peach
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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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
“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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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
Alex
Feb 15, 2008 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah
P
Apr 13, 2016 P 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
Reread because the trailer for the upcoming movie got me all excited! Classic, love this story so much.
Ilenia Zodiaco
Aug 01, 2016 Ilenia Zodiaco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miravibondo! Fantelastico!
Justine
Aug 04, 2016 Justine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
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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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
Jim Ef
Jan 26, 2016 Jim Ef rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Joca
Jul 18, 2016 Joca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist, ebooks
Não dá para pôr por palavras o quanto gosto deste autor! Vou gravar vídeo de opinião e reação ao trailer do filme :D
Kandice
Jul 21, 2016 Kandice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE the vernacular! Whizzbangers, snozcombers...

I've read this out loud to my children any number of times and I get very, very into the voices, so they love it. This time I listened to Natasha Richards read it and she did a beautiful job! Of course she's English so was a natural. No non-English person can "be" the Queen as well as an English person, but leaving that aside, she was perfect!

Dahl is a master at weaving these wonderfully empowering tales using nonsense. Not only his situations a
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Alex
Jun 07, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, children
"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
Olivia (The Candid Cover)
Book to Movie Review

If you have ever read a book written by Roald Dahl, you will know exactly what I mean when I say that this story is classic Dahl. There is a fantastical world that the reader can get lost in, wonderful and vividly described characters and humorous word play. In the audio version narrated by David Williams, we are given a voice to these relatable characters that makes the listener feel like part of the story. The film adaptation of this book has some fun aspects and maintains
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Camie
Jul 16, 2016 Camie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book awhile ago and after reading a few untoward things about the author dismissed it. But now we have The BFG movie out in all of it's Steven Spielberg splendor, and I decided to give it a quick read to see if my GK's would like it. As usual Roald Dahl author of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and Matilda, seems to write with some question as to whom his audience might be. This is THE # 1 selling Children's book on Amazon right now, with an age recommendation of 7 and up? The B ...more
Jason
May 03, 2016 Jason rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"What a spiffling whoppsy room we is in! It is so gigantuous I is needing bicurculers!"

Please kill me now. No, I mean it. Seriously. Kill me now.

"I am brimfull of buzzburgers, This is a sizzling-hot muckfrumping country..."

Please, God. Oh please, please God, make it stop, make it stop, just make it...

"What a phizz-whizzing flushbunking seat. I is going to be as bug as a snug in a rug up here..."

NOOOO!! Sweet mother of God!!!!

Am I still alive? Is it over? Please tell me it's over.

I scan throug
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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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Elizabeth McDonald
Aug 17, 2008 Elizabeth McDonald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.)
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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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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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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Johnny(My Realm Of Books)
Such a sweet book ! I totally loved it!
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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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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Jennifer
Sep 07, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The BGF
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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
Sarah
Found my original copy from 1985! I can't even tell you how many times I've read this book, it's got to be well into double figures though :-)
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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MarkoGilmore
Aug 21, 2016 MarkoGilmore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Divni Roald ^_^
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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 adv
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