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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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Petal Eggs
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, blow "dust" over her 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 ...more
Ahmed  Ejaz
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, full-lengths
Two wrongs don’t make a right
WHAT A BOOK IT WAS! What an ending it was!
I can't control my emotions. I haven't felt anything like this before. I haven't read a children book like this. I am soo happy by reading this. I am soo in love with the characters. Or writing. Or everything which this book offered me. It took me little long to finish this because of my exams. Otherwise this book was soo good that I wanted to finish it in one sitting. Nevertheless, I am finished with this and I am ve
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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
“We is in Dream Country,' the BFG said. 'This is where all dreams is beginning.”

I love the BFG, as a child this was one of my favourite books (and films.) There’s just something captivating about the story, about how a mystical creature could appear in your bedroom in the middle of the night and take you to another world (a more exciting world.)

And that’s why Roald Dahl is such a successful children’s author; here he does exactly what the best books in the genre do. He gives you a glimpse of
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Miranda Reads
Don't gobblefunk around with words.

This entire book was a gobblefunk of words. Snapperwhippers and babblement and crockadowndillies. My inner grumpy adult came out about 1/2 way through the book - just say what you mean!
Meanings is not important, said the BFG. I cannot be right all the time. Quite often I is left instead of right.

Yes, yes you were, Mr. BFG - you went left the entire book.

Sophie, a little "human bean," gets up one night and spies from her window, a long spindly shape cre
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Jennifer
Jan 29, 2008 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
Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★
REVIEW TO COME

This is going to be a mini review.

'Sometimes, on a very clear night,' the BFG said, 'and if I is swiggling my ears in the right direction'-
and here he swivelled his great ears upwards so they were facing the ceiling - 'if I is swiggling them like this and the night is very clear, I is sometimes hearing faraway music coming from the stars in the sky.'


I finally read this book after leaving it standing on my bookshelf for months because I still hadn't find the right time to read it un
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Matt
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Matt by: Mariah Roze
Shelves: children-s, audiobook
There are a number of books that shape the youth of a child. This was one of those books for me, alongside a handful of other Roald Dahl classics. I remember reading it (and having my father do so as well) and getting lost in the story, which I did again today. Young Sophie finds herself unable to sleep one night at the orphanage in which she resides. Peering out the window, she sees a shadowy figure passing down the road, with an odd contraption he uses while poking his head into surround windo ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The BFG, Roald Dahl
The BFG (short for: The Big Friendly Giant) is a 1982 children's book written by British novelist Roald Dahl, and illustrated by Quentin Blake. It is an expansion of a short story from Dahl's 1975 book Danny, the Champion of the World. The book is dedicated to Dahl's late daughter, Olivia, who died of measles encephalitis at the age of seven in 1962. As of 2009, the novel has sold 37 million copies in UK editions alone, with more than 1 million copies sold around the world eve
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Rebecca McNutt
For the most part I enjoyed this little fantasy story, but the nonsensical language was a little too bizarre at times to the point where it seemed to overwhelm the story. Otherwise though I really liked the imaginative prose and quirky characters, not to mention the resounding message to readers that imagination and friendship are both limitless. I haven't seen this book's film adaptation yet but if the story is anything to go by, I'm sure it's an entertaining film.
P
Feb 09, 2015 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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Michael Finocchiaro
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels, fiction, kids, fantasy
A fantastic story about a misunderstood giant and a brave little girl. My kids and I loved this story but never saw the movie because we were scared to be disappointed. Dahl's stories are always full of wonderful humour and inventiveness and this was definitely one of his most imaginative. A wonderful and beautiful masterpiece.
Banny Kirsten Marie Reviews
We have all heard the story of Jack and the beanstock, right or left? We are all familiar with stories about giants, right or left? The BFG was a story that will make people smile but also encourage them to lock their windows at night... Takeing place in the United Kingdom the BGF captures hearts all over the world and I am so thankful to Roland Dahl for publising such a sweet book that shows friendship and love. This book captured my heart as it wil yours.

In London, England eight year old Sop
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Leo .
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Roald Dahl. What wonderful children's literature he wrote. Even though its for children adults love it too. Like Enid Blyton and Beatrix Potter. Lovely easy reading. I strongly recommend all three authors.🐯👍
Sarah Churchill
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reread because the trailer for the upcoming movie got me all excited! Classic, love this story so much.
Jason
Mar 22, 2016 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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Justine
Dec 06, 2008 rated it liked it
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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Matthew
Entertaining little story. I know I am not the intended audience at this point in my life, but it takes me back to when I was a kid and read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, and Danny Champion of the World. I used to really enjoy Dahl's books and it has been a long time since I have read one.

This one was less story and more silly wordplay and fantasy. Towards the end it gets into a storyline, but at least the first half is mainly just a conversation betwee
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Mariah Roze
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mariah Roze by: Matt
One of my goals for 2017 is to read every book by Roald Dahl that I can get my hands on. I really enjoyed re-reading this book, since I haven't read it since middle school.

In the middle of the night many people are eaten by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG. However, Sophie is lucky! She is captured by the BFG. He is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is nice and caring. When Sophie finds out that other giants eat people, she
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Shirley Revill
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My daughter adored this book and I still have the book today. One of our favourites.
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
Sarah


Every year I plan to write a blog post to celebrate Roald Dahl Day and every year time runs away with me and I somehow end up missing it. But this year we're celebrating 100 years since his birth so I guess that makes it a perfect time to talk about how much Roald Dahl's books meant to me as a child.



I used to reread all of his books over and over again but The BFG was always my favourite, I just loved everything about it from the friendship that forms between Sophie and the BFG, to the adventu
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Heather - hturningpages
Just as delightful as I remember! :)
Jim
Jan 20, 2016 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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Fi's Journey
Another book scratched out of my top reading list..
I already read quite a few of the author`s books and this was my last one of his. And was it just as funny as his other books?

Yes, it was funny just as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Glass Elevator to me.

I actually listened to the audio read by David Walliams. He did an excellent job, especially with the invented words that the BFG uses and the different characters of the story. It was wonderful done. He actually made
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Alex
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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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Kandice
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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Gator
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The BFG is great and a lot of fun, one of the downsides is all the gibberish that sometimes hinders the flow aside from that minuscule complaint its super creative. The BFG was dedicated by Dahl to his deceased little girl, she had measles but the measles went south and worst case scenario of encephalitis occurred and she passed within 12 hrs of it, Olivia was 7 😢. This is our third Dahl book and We’ve noticed his continued use of Dickens and his characters acquired love for reading, both of whi ...more
Trish
Jan 04, 2016 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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