The BFG by Roald Dahl ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog

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Primary Genre(s):
Children, Fantasy
Published: First published 1 Jan 1982 by Scholastic
Page count: 208
My Format: Audiobook via Overdrive (4:25:17 hours)
Cover: Cute
Pacing: Perfect
Ending: Awesome
Would I recommend it: Yes
Commission Link: Buy The BFG

My rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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!

My Thoughts
I have read a ton of Roald Dahl short stories, but I’ve never read any of his children’s books. I was looking for something light and fun to finish out my September reading and I decided to read The BFG. It was a great choice! Here are my pros and cons for The BFG:

Pros

  1. First of all, I have to say that the audiobook is phenomenal and that is 100% due to the amazing narration by David Walliams. He is amazing and as far as I am concerned, Walliams needs to narrate all audiobooks ever created for the rest of his life! Plus, the audiobook includes sound effects throughout which really makes it come to life. For example, when the giants are walking you hear footsteps and when the BFG is reaching for a bottle you will clear glass clinking. It is an amazing recording. Whether you have read the book or not, everyone should find the audiobook narrated by Walliams and listen to it. You won’t be disappointed!
  2. I loved the BFG’s (Big Friendly Giant) language! It was so creative and fun! Some of my favorite words were: Frobscottle (a fizzy drink), Phizzwizards (great dreams), Snozzcumber (a nasty vegetable), and Trogglehumper (a nightmare). I found it interesting that I started to “learn” the language as I continued to hear the crazy words in the story… after a while the nonsensical language was making sense!
  3. The morning before I started listening to this book my granddaughter was texting me and telling me she met a girl from Japan and they are becoming good friends. She told me they were having discussions about the stereotypes Japanese people have about Americans and vice versa and how they aren’t necessarily true or valid descriptions of each culture/nationality. As I starting reading The BFG, I saw parallels between my granddaughter’s experience with her new friend from Japan and Sophie’s experience with the BFG. Both are leaning about each other and perhaps even learning a little bit about themselves as well. I thought it was a timely comparison between the book and real life.
  4. There are always fart jokes in kid’s books. They don’t always work. The jokes in this book made me giggle a little bit.
  5. The BFG is a good character – kind of like a big kid (very big!) himself. He doesn’t like that humans are eaten by other giants, he really sympathizes with Sophie’s orphanage experience, and he gives people good dreams.
  6. The whole story line with the Queen was hilarious.

Cons
None.

Summary
This is a cute story with a typical happy ending. It was a perfect book to read between the more serious books I’ve been reading lately. And again, I can’t emphasize enough that you should listen to the enhanced audio version of this book!

I’ve got James and the Giant Peach queued up next! What other Dahl children’s books should I read?

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5 thoughts on “The BFG by Roald Dahl ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog

  1. The BFG is one of the great books! Yes, James and the Giant Peach too. How about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? These are books meant to be read aloud; my own kids loved them and my students did as well. One more…Great Glass Elevator!

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  2. It’s been so long since I read this (so long it makes me just a teensy bit sentimental at the thought), that I don’t really remember it that much, but I remember it did make me feel good. Some books just stay with me that way, even when I forget the specifics.

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  3. This book was published when I was 12 and I don’t even remember hearing about it. So I read it for the first time last week! You should get the audio version I mentioned and experience the book again! You will LOVE it, I promise! 🙂

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