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The BFG [Paperback]

Roald Dahl , Quentin Blake
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Aug. 21 2007
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, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

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Evidently not even Roald Dahl could resist the acronym craze of the early eighties. BFG? Bellowing ferret-faced golfer? Backstabbing fairy godmother? Oh, oh... Big Friendly Giant! This BFG doesn't seem all that F at first as he creeps down a London street, snatches little Sophie out of her bed, and bounds away with her to giant land. And he's not really all that B when compared with his evil, carnivorous brethren, who bully him for being such an oddball runt. After all, he eats only disgusting snozzcumbers, and while the other Gs are snacking on little boys and girls, he's blowing happy dreams in through their windows. What kind of way is that for a G to behave?

The BFG is one of Dahl's most lovable character creations. Whether galloping off with Sophie nestled into the soft skin of his ear to capture dreams as though they were exotic butterflies; speaking his delightful, jumbled, squib-fangled patois; or whizzpopping for the Queen, he leaves an indelible impression of bigheartedness. (Ages 9 to 12) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A true genius ... Roald Dahl is my hero" David Walliams --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Big Friendly Story Oct. 23 2001
Tim Maddux
October 16, 2001
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Roald Dahl's The BFG tells the story of two opposites coming together, becoming friends, and coming up with an idea to save others. The Big Friendly Giant snatches Sophie, a little English girl, from her window, during the witching hour. Sophie and the Giant venture off to Giant Country, where she learns of the other "human bean"-- eating giants and the true personality of the Big Friendly Giant. The two learn many things about each other and devise a way to save the humans of the world from being eaten by the nine other giants. The Big Friendly Giant and Sophie work well with and learn a lot from each other.
The BFG conveys the important themes of friendship, understanding, and humorous imagination. Readers of any age can appreciate the book. The BFG is heart-warming, yet downright funny!
Roald Dahl's book has been banned because some people feel that it is too mature for a young audience. Many believe the book teaches poor moral values. However, the words, along with the illustrations, in the book can stir any reader's curiosity. The uneducated language of the Big Friendly Giant makes the book more child-friendly too. The BFG also teaches readers a positive message. In the latter part of the story, the queen tells her army not to kill the nine "human bean"-eating giants when they propose the idea. The army generals believe that the murderous giants should be slain. The queen responds with a strong moral statement when she says that killing the giants would be wrong. This part of the story sends a tremendously positive moral statement. I disagree with those who feel that The BFG should be a banned book. The BFG is one of the best children's books I have ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST LISTENING TO BE FOUND ! March 15 2006
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Couldn't wait to write a rave review of this splendidly enjoyable audio book but AudioFile Magazine beat me to it. Their editors wrote: "In a perfect combination of plot and narration, Natasha Richardson has created a splendid rendition of a true children's classic."
In other words, she's wonderful!
Richardson took home a Tony award for her spectacular Broadway turn in Cabaret, and won a Tony nomination for her debut in Anna Christie. Film credits? Beaucoup. The Parent Trap, A Month in the Country, The Handmaid's Tale and The Comfort of Strangers.
There's no questioning her acting chops and she brings all to the fore in this stunning delivery of a beloved children's classic.
As many may remember, Sophie is an orphan who is amazed to discover that giants actually do exist. Not only that but some of them are very mean, so cruel that they "like to guzzle and swallomp nice little chiddlers."
However, there is an exception - the BFG (Big Friendly Giant). He's such a good guy that he and Sophie pair up to rid the world of the mean "troggle-humping giants." Why, the BFG is so nice that all he can eat is snozzcumbers, better known as really bad food. (No wonder Roald Dahl holds such an appeal for kids!)
So determined are Sophie and the BFG that they even ask the Queen of England to help them dispense with the kid quaffing big ones.
The BFG as read by Natasha Richardson is pure pleasure to be enjoyed over and over again.
- Gail Cooke
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5.0 out of 5 stars The BFG March 18 2004
By Julie
By: Roald Dahl
Reviewed by J. Yeh
Period: P.1
The BFG, written by Roald Dahl is about a young orphan who met a giant called the Big Friendly Giant. One night the orphan named Sophie couldn't sleep and out the window she saw an outline of something big. She saw it blow things into the windows with a trumpet. Sophie ran back to her bed and hid under her blanket. Next thing she knew when she peeped out was that a hand snatched her from the bed out of the window. Inside his hand was Sophia watching everything past her while the giant ran fast. They got to the cave where he lived and the giant set Sophie on the table. The BFG told her everything like why she was taken and his life. A giant bigger than the BFG came in and thought there was someone in the cave because the BFG was talking to Sophie. Sophie hid in what the giant calls snozzcumbers. The enormous giant went around searching for the human being but couldn't find her, and soon left. The BFG took Sophie to the Dream Country where the giant caught all his dreams. He didn't like the nightmare dreams and got really mad when he caught one. He caught a nightmare and left the country. He blew the dream into another giant. Suddenly the giant started squirming around and screamming. After a while all the giants got into a big quarrel. The BFG showed Sophie all his dreams he had caught and she read the labels written on them. There were dreams for girls and boys. Sophie thought of an idea of how to get rid of the other giants. So the BFG mixed the dreams for the queen to have about all the giants gobbling up human beings. They took a while to mix it and in the night while the other giants were gone, they blew the dream into the queen's bedroom. She woke up thinking that it was only a dream.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good any age
I was told about it in holland it was popular their so I tried it I like thought my grandchildren will enjoy it also
Published 16 months ago by deanne
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Roald Dahl is a complete genius he makes up these stories that no one ever would have thought of and then when he publishes them everyone loves them. Read more
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