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The BFG (My Roald Dahl) Paperback – September 6, 2007

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Amazon.com Review

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) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


"Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake are uncanny in their understanding of what children like to read and see. Sophie, an eight-year-old orphan, is kidnapped by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) and taken to Giantland, where [her] alliance with the BFG and the queen of England results in the capture of the nine evil giants. Children will enjoy this book." --The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (September 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141322624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141322629
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (710 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,314,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 5, 1997
Format: Paperback
I loved the book The BFG,

I chose it over cable T.V.

The words in the story just tickled me pink,

After a while it made me think,

I'm glad Roald Dahl wrote this story,

If you read it, you won't be sorry.

Action-packed, and full of laughter,

I was splitting my sides just right after.

Page after page, I was stuck in the book,

And if you ask me its better than it looks.

I'm happy I found The Big Friendly Giant,

To read it again, I wouldn't mind it!

By Lori Schneider

Grade 5
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Young Sophie lies awake in her orphanage at the Witching Hour! She can't sleep and strange, macabre thoughts go through her head. The real fun begins, however, when she creeps to her window and sees a giant figure poking about in the 2nd floor windows across the street! My gosh, it's a GIANT!! The real fun begins when he kidnaps her from her bed and runs off to the land of giants.
In the hands of a less capable author than Dahl, this plotline would soon fizzle and become ho-hum humdrum. Say what you will, Dahl is a very, VERY capable author and this book is simply fabulous. While most giants are the people eating kind (with colorful names like Childchewer, Bloodbottler and Fleshlumpeater), Sophie is lucky to have been captured by the BFG-- Big Friendly Giant! He's no guzzler of people (known in Giantspeak as "human beans"-- giants don't go to school and their grammer is somewhat lacking) but is rather a gentle soul who has a special trade to ply in the human world. There's only two small problems: the BFG lives in the land of giants where the other louts would only be too glad to guzzle her right up, and there's no food other than a strange, disgusting vegetable called a snozzcumber (it tastes like frog skins and dead fish). So, while Sophie's happy not to have been eaten up, she's none to happy to find that there's always that threat of being discovered and noting for HER to eat. Besides, the other giants (much bigger than the BFG) are constantly running to other countries to guzzle human beans by the cartload (Chille beans are especially yummy, we're told...). Something MUST be done... but what? Maybe she should go tell the queen...
I came to Dahl's work late in life (that is, recently, not in childhood) and have slowly been making my way through his works.
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Dahl's superb imagination has created a character, the BFG, who talks so whimsically and winsomely that I laughed out loud while reading this book. His child friend, Sophie, has no trouble understanding him, however, although she sometimes has to translate for less flexible or more pompous adults. The BFG's interactions with his fearsome peers demonstrate a high level of courage, particularly for a comic figure, and his nighttime activities indicate a delicacy of perception that few of us could attain. This is no two-dimensional character, but a real person that one would like to meet. The only fault I have to find with the book is that Sophie's strategy works too flawlessly, leaving no loose ends, no monsters at large who need to be chased. The relaxation of dramatic tension is complete. But then, I'm an adult; children who look under their beds each night would certainly prefer Dahl's ending. When I started reading this to my children, my first-grader, not an eager reader, could not bear to have me stop at the end of a chapter, and actually went on to read the next by himself. Parents, take note!
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This is an extraordinary book, and the reader is immediately drawn into the fascinating tale. It begins like this.........
Sophie is an orphan... One night, the moon was pouring in all it's brightness through her windows, casting light directly on her pillow....., unable to sleep, then, Sophie looks out of the window and.....that's when she finds herself caught by a giant called the BFG (the big Friendly Giant), but a giant so friendly and kind, that when other giants go searching for edible humans every night, he eats horrible cucumber kind of vegetables. Soon after Sophie and the BFG gets to be friends and goes to meet Queen Elizabeth for help. In the end, Sophie gets to live in a big palace with the BFG. I couldn't put this book down, so I read it in one day! It's terribly funny and interesting. It's the kind of book everyone will love reading.
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Pretend you are an orphan looking out your bedroom window in the middle of the night. You can't sleep. Suddenly you see a dark shadow moving towards you. It is huge! Then it grabs you! This is what happened to Sophie.
Sophie was just a normal orphan in a normal orphanage. But all that changed one night. Sophie couldn't sleep so she got up to look out the window. She looked down the street. There was a HUGE thing approaching. It turned and looked at Sophie! Then suddenly it reached its humongous hand and grabbed Sophie! He took her away to his cave.
You would think the giant would eat Sophie right? Wrong. Actually he is the nicest giant in Giant Country. He is the BFG (Big Friendly Giant.) But spoiling their fun are the human bean guzzlers: The Fleshlumpeater, the Childchewer and many more. They are horrible man-eating giants. They just must be stopped. So Sophie comes up with a plan. But will it work? Read the
book to find out.
I think The BFG is an hilarious book. Why is it so funny you ask? Well, the BFG has never been to school. So he doesn't speak properly. Some of his words are: Jumbly, phizzwizard, trogglehumper, snozzcumbers, frobscottle and many more. The BFG has a good plot with some twists and turns. My favorite chapter is Frobscottle and Whizzpoppers. It is really funny. Why? Well guess what a Whizzpopper is. (Hint: it is very rude and gassy.) Want I didn't like about this book is... well actually I loved all of it! It's just so hilariously funny, amazingly interesting and suspenseful. My favorite character is... the great, the amazing, the funny BFG!! I could read this book over and
over and over again!!!
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