The BFG

The BFG
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6+
Release Date
November 01, 1982
ISBN
0141323442
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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.

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Imaginative
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5.0
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Reader reviewed by Joyce

Every child needs to read The BFG by R. Dahl. This is a delightful story about a
"big, friendly giant" who enters a boys world and shows him a true
friendship. The story is filled with fun and imaginative scenes that bring the boy to a new and magical world. But not all giants are as friendly as the boy's new friend.

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The BFG is OMG!
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Reader reviewed by Bookworm

The BFG is a great book for second to third graders. Dahl's way with words is wonderful! The giants were scary as a child would think. The Big Friendly Giant is humorous and gentle... the opposite of a giant stereotype. With his big ears and trumpet, he warmed my heart and made me laugh out loud. Which doesn't happen often. This is one of Roald Dahl's better books and I would recommend it as a night-time story for children. :)

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So so - a bit tiring
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Reader reviewed by Dede

I really enjoyed the first part of this book, but after that it got repetitive and drawn out.  The BFG is a big friendly giant who kidnaps orphan Sophie when she sees him late one night.  The BFG takes her to his cave and teaches her that he is friendly and collects good dreams to blow into little children's bedrooms at night.  He catches these dreams with a net and stores them in glass jars.  (He catches bad dreams too, and stores them but never uses them)  He talks backwards alot - instead or saying right or wrong he says right or left and his words are jumbled wrong most of the time.  This is cute at the beginning but gets old fast.  There are nine other giants who eat children every night (therefore younger children should not have this read to them) in various different countries.  Sophie is so astonished and feels so bad for the children being eaten that her and the BFG come up with a plan to get the queens help.  The book ends much like a fairytale.  It's too bad the end took to long to come for me. 
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Big FRIENDLY Giant
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Reader reviewed by VictoriaD

Roald Dahl had me hooked on The BFG like a fish on a fishing hook. Again, he satisfied my eyes with this book about a girl growing up with a giant. It was so interesting with all the details he used to describe the giant and what he was like. It was truly a great book.
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Well...
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Reader reviewed by EshInoBi

Well, well... This book was okay, I guess. It wasn't very lengthy, but to tell you the truth, I'm glad it is. I'm not the biggest fan of Roald Dahl. This is the second time I read this book, and I'm pretty sure I was slightly satisfied with it when I was younger, but now, it did not hold my interest. Well, since it wasn't very lengthy, I did manage to endure through it, but it wasn't fun. It felt spoilt, ruined and I didn't really like that book anymore. It was just too un-interesting. I think, though, younger children would like it.
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