The BFG by Roald Dahl (and Quentin Blake – Illustrator)
Genres: Children, Fantasy
Pages: 199 (paperback)
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast.
When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!
The name Roald Dahl just takes me back to such an amazing time in my life; when anything was possible. His books had such a huge impact on my reading life as a child. Books like Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory I absolutely loved and read about a billion times. A few days ago, I watched The BFGs movie trailer on YouTube and it looked so incredibly magical. I decided to re-read this book just so that I could fall in love with Roald Dahl’s eccentric characters once again.
“The witching hour, somebody had once whispered to her, was a special moment in the middle of the night when every child and every grown up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had the world to themselves.”
So the story starts out with Sophie (a young orphan) being snatched by The BFG in the middle of the night and their adventures begin there.
So when I started this, I tried to read it the way child me would have and I’m surprised that I ended up somewhat enjoying this, it was short and I found myself smiling and sometimes even laughing. Also this book kinda surprised me because it actually makes you wonder about the nature of human beings and our place in the food chain, for example the BFG telling Sophie:
“Human beans is the only animals that is killing their own kind. Even poisnowse snakes is never killing each other.”
One thing that took me a few pages to get used to was The BFGs way of speaking as you can see – but after getting used to it; it became a quirk that made me love the giant all the more.
Also, I liked the illustrations in this book, they were simple and nothing too flashy but they helped me get a glimpse of the world and everything that was happening.
I don’t have much to say about this, it’s simply an amazing children’s book that I definitely recommend people should read because Roald Dahl is amazing!