- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (Aug. 21 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142410381
- ISBN-13: 978-0142410387
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 90.7 g
- Average Customer Review: 227 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The BFG Paperback – Aug 21 2007
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Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter-pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more brilliant stories. He remains the World’s No.1 storyteller. Find out more at roalddahl.com.See all Product description
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By: Roald Dahl
Reviewed by J. Yeh
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. Sophia was sitting by her bed like it was in the dream. She convinced her that the dream was real. So the queen sent army men and helicopters to capture the giants. They tied the giants up while they were sleeping and flew them into a pit where they couldn't escape.
I liked this book because it was kind of funny and interesting at the same time. One quote that I liked was,"One night, I is blowing a dream through a window and I sees this book lying on the little boy's bedroom table. I wanted it so very badly, you understand. But I is refusing to steal it. I would never do that." This quote tells me how much the BFG would never do anything horrible. Another quote I liked was,"Bravo! You is very good for a beginner! Let's have some more!" This quote was kind of funny to me because it seemed like the BFG was drunk.
My favorite part of the book was when Sophia and the BFG were mixing the dreams up for the queen to have so that the other giants would stop eating human beings. I liked it because it seemed interesting by the way the author described how it looked.
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.
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