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The BFG Paperback – August 16, 2007
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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
This book left me searching for the complete works of Roald Dahl.
The heroine of this little book also carries its name. Matilda is incredibly intelligent, even as a small child. Living with her boorish parents and oblivious brother, she teaches herself to read from the various magazine and newspapers lying about the house. Her parents are completely indifferent to their only daughter and it is only by playing small tricks on them when they've been particularly nasty that little Matilda is able to keep a hold on her sanity. By age five and a half Matilda has read all the children's books in the library and quite a few of the adult ones as well. On entering school for the first time, our protagonist comes face to face with a very worthy enemy. The Head Teacher, Miss Trunchbull, is the worst kind of dangerous violent adult. It is only through Matilda's cleverness that she is able to come to the aid of her teacher, Miss Honey, and save the school from the Trunchbull's insanity.
As I mentioned before, Matilda is just the nicest kid ever. Intelligent without ever becoming pig-headed. Nice without becomes precious. She's just a swell child all around.Read more ›
A total fantasy novel lies behind the mask of a British school tale.
Roald Dahl crossed the line into the utterly unbelievable by making his villains so incredibly bad. It's preposterous, and funny. So while this is a book that prominently features bullying, intimidation, horrible insults, and violent mistreatment of children, it isn't scary at all -- instead, it is funny.
It's the vocabulary words and the quality of the writing that get me. Superb.
As a read-aloud mom, who can read it and share the laughs with my family, I love this book. Still, I have to caution parents to pre-read it before you give it to your children. There is over-the-top anger, name-calling, and violence directed at kids -- and the kids take revenge in dangerous and harmful ways. We treat this the same way we treat Tom and Jerry or Sylvester and Tweety bird -- total fantasy. Don't behave like that. Isn't it funny?
Parents are the best judges. Give it a try.
Parent notes: truly awful name-calling, raging adults, parental abandonment, revenge against adults, mixing chemicals for revenge, lots of Forbidden Words, and a nice message in there about practice gets you to your goal.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was wonderful when I was a child and now my niece gets to enjoy it.Published 10 hours ago by Kathleen Newberry
Since I was a little girl I have loved Roald Dahl books. I loved this book and the adventure it took you on as a little girl and I still love it as an adult. Read morePublished 19 hours ago
My daughter loves everything Roald Dahl and this book does not disappoint. She has read this book from cover to cover at least 4 or 5 times. Great for Roald Dahl fans!Published 22 hours ago by Westside Mom
My grandson brought my attention to this wonderful book. Apparently they were reading it when the school year ended so he didn't get to the end. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Linda
The book was amazing
Ioved the movie it was great
The BFG was funny,exiting and advetrous
At The seemed like the BG at the start the Big Giant
My son loves this book. Great read as he can read and recall what's in the book.Published 1 day ago by justina bruinekool
WHAT I THOUGHT
When I was a kid Roald Dahl was one of my favourite writers. A battered hardback of The BFG was one of the first books I read. Read more