October 16, 2001
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.