The BFG was written in The idea for the story had begun several years before, with a sentence scribbled in one of Roald Dahl's Ideas Books. PUFFIN BOOKS BY ROALD DAHL. The BFG. Boy: Tales of Childhood. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. About the Author. Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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The BFG is a children's book written by British novelist Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. The BFG book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is . The Big Friendly Giant - or The BFG as he is known - is one of Roald Dahl's best- loved characters.
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I've enjoyed on some level all of his books and the films made of them. View all 54 comments. What an ending it was! I can't control my emotions. I haven't felt anything like this before. I haven't read a children book like this.
I am soo happy by reading this. I am soo in love with the characters. Or writing. Or everything which this book offered me. It took me little long to finish this because of my exams. Otherwise this book was soo good that I wanted to finish it in one sitting.
Nevertheless, I am finished with this and I am very happy. I think if I will be in the mood of re-reading, I will choose this book. He takes her away because he is afraid that she will tell everyone and he will be in danger. BFG is a good giant. But his fellows aren't. They eat humans. But BFG don't.
He considers it immoral. When Sophie learns this, she makes a plan with BFG to stop them. I loved him. He is uneducated. Can't speak English correctly. No giant can as they have no means of education. But I loved how BFG speaks. That's what makes him soo cute and funny. That was pretty hilarious. I was laughing out loud while reading this chapter. That was pretty interesting. I didn't like the history of giants. But I didn't care much about it after that ending. Still it should have been better.
Just males. How they were born? We don't know exactly. They just appear. What will be their end? We don't know exactly about it either. They will just disappear and nobody will know.
I highly recommend this book to everyone. Especially children must read this book. View all 15 comments. He gives you a glimpse of the real world, of the standard realities of everyday, then underneath it all he reveals something spectacular: Time and time again a child is whisked off to experience the adventure of a lifetime.
Reading it as an adult, gives the book a slightly different flavour. For starters, the hilarious nature of the language is blatant. And it just feels funnier. I was invested in this as a child, I cared about the characters and I was worried about what could happen.
Now it just seems all so ridiculous. It was fun and entertaining, revisiting a book I read fifteen years ago. View all 3 comments. Jan 31, Miranda Reads rated it really liked it Shelves: Don't gobblefunk around with words. This entire book was a gobblefunk of words. Snapperwhippers and babblement and crockadowndillies.
Meanings is not important, said the BFG. I cannot be right all the time. Quite often I is left instead of right. Yes, yes you were, Mr. BFG - you went left the entire book. Sophie, a little "human bean," gets up one night and spies from her window, a long spindly shape cre Don't gobblefunk around with words.
Sophie, a little "human bean," gets up one night and spies from her window, a long spindly shape creeping around in the dark. Much to her horror, a real-life giant bounds up to her window and snatches her. He whisks her away to giant country where she learns that every night, giants steal humans for their dinner and would eat her in a heartbeat.
He would rather eat disgusting snozzcumbers than human beans and does his best to give children happy dreams. Sophie insists that the other giants must be stopped and quickly hatches a plan with the BFG - but the real question is, will the queen of England believe them? English aside, this was a very cute story.
Sophie manages to be heroic without being precocious and the BFG's earnestness really cinched the plot. Audiobook Comments I listened to the enhanced audio - which came equipped with sound effects and great characterizations.
If you have a hard time with the grammatical errors and deliberate misspellings, listening to the book makes it much better. Jan 29, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: Like many others, I remember the Roald Dahl books that I read, or had read to me, during my childhood fondly, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , James and the Giant Peach , and especially, Matilda.
I think that Dahl's idea for the story is a creative one, but little things, such as the puns on the names of countries when the BFG describes the taste of "h Like many others, I remember the Roald Dahl books that I read, or had read to me, during my childhood fondly, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , James and the Giant Peach , and especially, Matilda. I think that Dahl's idea for the story is a creative one, but little things, such as the puns on the names of countries when the BFG describes the taste of "human beans" in those countries, or what I think were stereotypical remarks at the end of the novel.
For instance, when Dahl describes thankful world leaders bestowing gifts upon Sophie and the BFG for saving their people from man-eating giants, he writes that "The Rule of India sent the BFG a magnificent elephant The King of Arabia sent them a camel each.
The Lama of Tibet sent them a llama each" pp. However, to me, the worst line was when the Queen of England called the Sultan, "next best thing" to a Lord Mayor to ask him whether any of his subjects had mysteriously disappeared recently, and he responds, "Every night unpleasant things are happening in Baghdad We are chopping off people's heads like you are chopping parsley" p.
To be fair, the novel was copyrighted in , and probably written before such things were widely considered inappropriate, and the book is widely engaging and creative.
Some would also say that these things are "just jokes," that they were silliness written for the amusement of children.
In spite of the fact that the novel was written over two decades ago, I do not think that children should just absorb these lines, because they are most likely reading this book at the suggestion of an adult who is, in their mind, only supposed to give them "good" books. The children would most likely read these lines and the stereotypes exoticizing non-Western countries would persist. Another niggling doubt about the book was the resolution with the giants being imprisoned in a giant pit, doomed to eat disgusting snozzcumbers for the rest of their lives.
I think that Dahl was well-intentioned in including the conversation between the BFG and Sophie about how humans make their own rules, and giants make their own rules and that the rules don't coincide. When I got to this conversation, which included the the BFG basically telling Sophie that it was somewhat judgmental or short-sighted of her to immediately think of the other giants as bad, because humans, unlike giants, kill their own kind all the time, I thought that the story was incredibly promising.
However, the story ended as they typically do, especially in "children's" literature, with the "bad" guys getting captured and the "good" guys living happily ever after without the moral ambiguity that Dahl touched upon in that one particular conversation between Sophie and the BFG.
I think that it might have been more interesting if it was ever brought up that perhaps giants just eat humans just as humans eat bacon, sausage, and eggs, just as Sophie, the BFG, and the Queen did at the end of the story, and that perhaps the solution would be to respect all life, just as the BFG always had before uncharacteristically eating all that bacon and sausage at the end of the novel because he could hear the world's suffering.
Instead, as I mentioned, the story has a more typical ending, and it is emotionally acceptable that the human-eating giants are imprisoned with disgusting food for the rest of their lives and the Queen is humane for imprisoning them rather than killing them, to boot only because Dahl portrays the giants as disgusting throughout the entire novel.
Although the giants are portrayed as mean in the scene during which they toss around the BFG, emphasis is continuously on how the giants are "half-naked and disgusting" in their appearance and smell. Thus, emphasis is placed on their physical, rather than moral disgustingness, and to me, this is too reminiscent of the way that we vilify those who are different than us to justify our inhuman treatment of them.
In closing, although I enjoyed this book because of Dahl's creativity in coming up with a BFG and a dreamblower, etc, I don't think that it should hold such a coveted place in children's literature because it is somewhat outdated in its attitude, and there are many, many wonderful children's adventure novels out there with which to replace it.
It's a little frustrating that people just think I'm being "oversensitive" or that I'm just another crazy person who wants everything to be PC. I've said many good things about this book. Heck, I even liked it. I just pointed out that I don't think that it's perfect, my reasons for not thinking that it's perfect, and that there are plenty of great books out there for kids to read, so people should at least think a millisecond about what they recommend to kids about the content, child's maturity, and child's personal preferences instead of just pushing their own childhood favorites on them.
View all 23 comments. Few days ago I was in the mood for children books or middle grade books to help me to get over my book - hangover and so I chose to read this book.
The way he spoke always confused me. His voice was filled with fury and anguish. The devil is dancing on my dibbler! The story didn't make my heart pounding hard but the story wasn't bad either. I'm sure I would've liked this book more if I had completely understood all BFG said but most of the time I didn't really understand what he said but I really loved the illustrations! I hope you all have a great day! View all 8 comments.
May 28, Matt rated it really liked it Recommended to Matt by: Mariah Roze. There are a number of books that shape the youth of a child. This was one of those books for me, alongside a handful of other Roald Dahl classics.
I remember reading it and having my father do so as well and getting lost in the story, which I did again today. Young Sophie finds herself unable to sleep one night at the orphanage in which she resides.
Peering out the window, she sees a shadowy figure passing down the road, with an odd contraption he uses while poking his head into surround windo There are a number of books that shape the youth of a child. Peering out the window, she sees a shadowy figure passing down the road, with an odd contraption he uses while poking his head into surround windows.
When Sophie spots this figure, a colossal giant, she is scooped up and taken off. Kidnapped, of a sort, Sophie learns that this giant is even larger than he appeared in the shadows, but nowhere near as frightful. That said, the odd giant patois he speaks leaves Sophie to wonder how calm and peaceful he might be.
It is in the Land of the Giants that Sophie learns a little more about her captor, the Big Friendly Giant, 'BFG', and the other giant-figures in the area, who have a penchant for human flesh.
Sophie also learns that the BFG possesses the ability to instil and inject dreams into the bedtime thoughts of any person, children in particular. He shoots the magic dream dust into his special pipe and, POOF, off it goes and the individual is left to stream the thoughts through their subconscious. Armed with this information, Sophie has an idea after learning from her new friend of the recent kidnapping number of children across Britain by these foul giants.
They will alert this highest authority to ensure these evil giants are captured and brought to justice. Next stop, Buckingham Palace! The BFG and Sophie work together to convince the Queen, through a dream sequence, that these events have taken place and that Sophie is the key to helping find the giants. Can the Queen use the powers at her disposal to hunt down the kidnapping giants, or will everyone be left with a taste as bitter as snozzcumbers in their mouths? Dahl takes readers on a wonderful journey through some interesting ideas to present one of the central stories known to many young Dahl readers.
Perfect for any age, but especially those with an open and vivid imagination. Dahl continues to marvel with all his ideas and variances on a similar theme. Those who have read a great deal of the author will know he drops references of other books into the narrative, while always keeping things fairly unique and individualised. Dahl offers up a new set of curious characters and some completely horrible villains, as well as the amusing 'power elite' in our actual world. With much gibberish found in many of Dahl's pieces, this one is chock-full of offbeat words and giant patois, which will have the younger reader or listener giggling as the story continues.
There is little left out in this piece that warms the heart as well as gets the its pulse elevated. Perhaps in my top five all-time, this Dahl piece is exquisite in its presentation and delivery.
Kudos, Mr. Dahl for keeping me excited throughout this piece. I could not have found a better way to spend a few hours and hope to introduce these to Neo before too long. An ever-growing collection of others appears at: View all 12 comments. It is an expansion of a short story from Dahl's book Danny, the Champion of the World. The book is dedicated to Dahl's late daughter, Olivia, who died of measles encephalitis at the age of seven in As of , the novel has sold 37 million copies in UK editions alone, with more than 1 million copies sold around the world every year.
View 2 comments. Feb 15, Alex rated it it was amazing. View all 21 comments. For the most part I enjoyed this little fantasy story, but the nonsensical language was a little too bizarre at times to the point where it seemed to overwhelm the story. Otherwise though I really liked the imaginative prose and quirky characters, not to mention the resounding message to readers that imagination and friendship are both limitless. I haven't seen this book's film adaptation yet but if the story is anything to go by, I'm sure it's an entertaining film.
I really love this book. It's pretty short but the story is very joyful. The BFG is a good giant, he intrigued me with his own language from the first.
Sophie is a girl kidnapped from her bed and her adventure just begins when she and the BFG have to stop the ruthless giants before they devour all of human beans. Dahl could create the book that hooked me from the beginning and the ending of this book was so delightful, I felt very happy after I finished it. I like his writing style, it captivates I really love this book. I like his writing style, it captivates me to no end. View all 18 comments. Jul 18, Michael Finocchiaro rated it really liked it Shelves: A fantastic story about a misunderstood giant and a brave little girl.
My kids and I loved this story but never saw the movie because we were scared to be disappointed. Dahl's stories are always full of wonderful humour and inventiveness and this was definitely one of his most imaginative. A wonderful and beautiful masterpiece. We have all heard the story of Jack and the beanstock, right or left?
We are all familiar with stories about giants, right or left? The BFG was a story that will make people smile but also encourage them to lock their windows at night Takeing place in the United Kingdom the BGF captures hearts all over the world and I am so thankful to Roland Dahl for publising such a sweet book that shows friendship and love.
This book captured my heart as it wil yours. In London, England eight year old Sop We have all heard the story of Jack and the beanstock, right or left? In London, England eight year old Sophie Evans is tucked tight in bed in a girls orphanage when she hears a noise outside durning the witching hour.
Sophie bravely gets out of her bed and looks out the windo and what does she see but a great big giant with a Well a trumpet Sophie quickly runs back to bed and covers her head when a great big hand reaches in and snatches her from her bed in the girls orphanage. Away the tall creature took her until they ended up in Giant Country Sophie was terrified that the giant was going to eat her but the BFG turned out to be a diffrent kind of giant.
The Big Friendly Giant did not eat human beans because he felt it was disgraceful and wrong but his other giant friends did. The BFG was misunderstod by the others and was often pushed around and called names. Sophie becamw the BFG's best friend and she had no choice not to live with him because she had seen him that evening in London.
The BFG was a dream catcher and he liked to mix certain things to make one dream it was up to him if he wanted to make a god dream or a bad dream. One day Sophie decided it was time for the other nine giants to be stopped from eating women and children so the BFG and Sophie decided to pay the queen of England a visit and in order to do that they had to mix a nightmare for her to see what was going on in her contry.
Of course i am not going to ruin the whole book for you so i am going to stop there… I can tell you that view spoiler [ The giants were eventualy captured and taken to England where they were forced to live in cages and eat snuzzlecumbers view spoiler [ In my opinion is that this book is kind of scary for children under the third grade No child is going to want to pick up a bok about giants eating children while they are asleep in their beds.
Mommy is there giants outside? From the other room you and your spouse are going to be watching telivision while you rson or daughter is haveing a panic attack at the other side of the house… Why? I got really engaged in the story and i personally wanted more adventure because in the end Roland Dahl speeds up the story way to much like he automaticaly wants it to end because he did not have anymore ideas. That upset me because the BFG could have been so much more adventuress and the author could have made him and little Sophie more plots.
Because he refuses to join the other giants in eating humans, the BFG was left with only snozzcumbers to eat. The BFG loves to trap dreams. Encountering Sophie During one such time when he is catching dreams, he encounters an orphan named Sophie. The BFG fears that Sophie will expose the identity of the Giants if she is left to reveal what she had seen.
To this end, he captured her in the night. Sophie tried to run, but the giant sticks a large hand in and takes Sophie. The figure strides across England and many other countries when they arrive in Giant Country. Although Sophie thought that this is the end of her life, the BFG revealed that he was friendly.
He told her about the nine other giants that love taking humans in the middle of the night, regardless of their age. Sophie decided to stop them, and the BFG agrees to help her.
Sophie took a bite, and she spat it out. The BFG told her she was stuck with it and introduced her to Frobscottle, which, to Sophie's delight, tasted magnificent. She can't sleep, and sees a strange sight in the street; a giant man, carrying a bag and an odd trumpet.
He sees Sophie, who tries to hide in bed, but the giant picks her up through the window. Then he runs incredibly fast to a large cave , which he enters. When he sets Sophie down, she begins to plead for her life, believing that the giant will eat her. The giant laughs, and explains that most giants do eat human beings, and that the people's origins affect their taste.
For example, people from Greece taste greasy, while people from Panama taste of hats. The BFG then explains that she must stay with him forever, as no one can know of his existence.
He warns her of the dangers of leaving his cave , as his nine neighbours are sure to eat her if they catch her. The BFG then explains what he was doing with the trumpet and suitcase. He catches dreams, stores them in the cave, and then gives the good ones to children all around the world. He destroys the bad ones. The BFG then explains that he only eats snozzcumbers, which are disgusting striped warty cucumber -like vegetables with wart-like growths that taste like frog skins and rotten fish to Sophie and cockroaches and slime wanglers to the BFG.
Another giant, the Bloodbottler, then storms in.
Sophie hides in a snozzcumber and is nearly eaten by the Bloodbottler. Bloodbottler luckily spits her out and then leaves in disgust. When Sophie announces she is thirsty, the BFG treats her to a fizzy soda pop drink called "frobscottle" which causes noisy flatulence because of the bubbles sinking downwards.
The BFG calls this "Whizzpopping". The next morning, the BFG takes Sophie to Dream Country to catch more dreams, but is tormented by the man-eating giants along the way, notably by their leader the Fleshlumpeater, the largest and most fearsome of the giants. In Dream Country, the BFG demonstrates his dream-catching skills to Sophie; but the BFG mistakenly captures a nightmare and uses it to start a fight among the other giants when Fleshlumpeater has a nightmare about Jack.
Sophie later persuades him to approach the Queen of England about imprisoning the other giants. To this end, she uses her knowledge of London to navigate the BFG to Buckingham Palace , and the BFG creates a nightmare for the Queen, which describes the man-eating giants, and leaves Sophie in the Queen's bedroom to confirm it. Because the dream included the knowledge of Sophie's presence, the Queen believes her and speaks with the BFG. A fleet of helicopters then follows Sophie and the BFG to the giants' homeland, where the giants are tied up as they sleep, and the helicopters carry them back to London where they are imprisoned in a deep pit.
After BFG has Fleshlumpeater untied and is hoisted out of the pit, the man-eating giants find themselves being only fed snozzcumbers.
Afterwards, a huge castle is built as the BFG's new house, with a little cottage next door for Sophie. While they are living happily in England , with gifts coming from the governments of every country ever targeted by the giants notably England , Sweden , Arabia , India , Panama , Tibet , Jersey , Chile , and New Zealand , the BFG writes a book of their adventures identified as the novel itself —under the name "Roald Dahl".
The ending is almost the same as James and the Giant Peach , when he writes a story about himself, by himself. Also, Mr. Tibbs relates to Mrs. Tibbs, the friend of Mr. Gilligrass, the U. The U. In , it was ranked number 88 among all-time children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal , a monthly with primarily U.
It was the fourth of four books by Dahl among the Top , more than any other writer. Between , and , the novel was adapted into a newspaper comic by journalist Brian Lee and artist Bill Asprey.