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The BFG (Puffin Books) Paperback – 25 Oct 1984

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; New edition edition (25 Oct. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140315977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140315974
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,325,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 big-heartedness. (Ages 9 to 12).

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"A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero" (David Walliams) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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A Kid's Review on 28 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is the best book ever because it is all about a little girl who goes on loads
of adventures with the B F G [the big friendly giant], and the adventures are really imaginative.

I am only nine and I read this book when I was about 7 , but even now I could
still read the book over and over again [ thats how good it is].

If I were you I would definitely buy this book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Format: Audio Cassette
I bought this tape for my 5 year old son who is(or rather was) afraid of the dark.
He now rushes upstairs to his room, dives under the duvet all the while shouting "put the tape on, put the tape on Mummy" and so I do leaving him happily in the world of the dream blowing giant.
Who better to send you off to sleep than Sophie and the BFG having their bone crunching giant adventures! I admit that after bed-time I hear peals of laughter at the snozzcumbers and other such magical notions in this story, but I can't think of a lovelier way to enjoy it.
The BFG is written with such warmth and humour that listeners of all ages will just love to sit back, close their eyes and enter the realm of troggle humping giants who like to guzzle and swallomp human beans of the chiddler variety!
This is a wonderful gift for any child and quite a God-send for many parents too.
We now have James and the Giant Peach, the Magic Finger and Fantastic Mr Fox on tape too. Bed times will never be the same again.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I'll leave comments on Dahl's fantastic story to others, but I will comment on the Kindle edition.

The good: The pictures are well presented and clear.

The bad: There are quite a lot of errors in the text. Pretty much every chapter has a word or two that has been incorrectly entered. It's not enough to spoil one's enjoyment of the book but it is annoying that having paid at least much as a paper version would cost you end up with a sloppily prepared copy.

Also, the chapters are not marked ( there is no table of contents ), and there is no cover picture.
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A Kid's Review on 28 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is the best book ever because it is all about a little girl who goes on loads
of adventures with the B F G [the big friendly giant], and the adventures are really imaginative.

I am only nine and I read this book when I was about 7 , but even now I could
still read the book over and over again [ thats how good it is].

If I were you I would definitely buy this book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Format: Audio Download
My first re-read with my son. Via audiobook (David Walliams narrating), this captured me as much by Dahl's word-play as it ever did when I was a child.

My five-year-old loved it too and now keeps happily mentioned 'bellypoppers' at random times of the day.

This is arguably Dahl's best novel. Matilda is my favourite, but in no other book does he quite manage the amazing talent for language that he does with the Big Friendly Giant.

Sophie, the orphan girl, is snatched from her bed by a giant dream-blower, the BFG of the title, who lives in Giant Country as a runt among child-killing giants, alone with only repulsive snozcumbers for sustenance. And the dreams he collects to blow into children's windows at night.

The BFG is the father figure Sophie does not have, one with imperfect English (self-taught) who hates his fellow giants and their human-eating ways. It takes the little girl to conjure up the plan (involving dreams, a trip to London and the Queen of England) that will stop their evil ways for good.

What a lovely, lovely story to read together. With perfectly evil characters to despise, and a wonderfully heroic pair in little Sophie and her giant friend, you have the perfect set-up for a strong plot - where the story takes its time to get back to the killer giants. We have chapters meandering through the BFG's learning of English through books (always an important thing with Dahl), collecting dreams, looking at dream bottles, having giggles with whizzpops) until finally Sophie's plan must be acted on, and the Queen of England plays second fiddle to the twosome and helps them capture the child-killers for good.
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The BFG, along with Roald Dahl's other books, is a fantastic book whose story and message remains as relevant today as ever.

The story of the BFG follows Sophie, an orphan girl living under the abusive regime of the owner. One night she sneaks out from her bed and sees a giant moving house to house. The giant also sees her and, in order to maintain the secret of his existence, whisks Sophie away to the Giant Country, where the adventure begins.

The BFG is an outcast, a runt. He is shunned by other giants because of this, but he also finds their way of life disgusting: You see, other giants eat children! The BFG, on the other hand, is sustained by a diet of snozzcumbers, a foul tasting and nasty vegetable. Despite its taste, the BFG needs this sustenance, because he has an important role...

And I'll not spoil the story for the last handful of people who are unaware of it.

The BFG has some important messages designed to instil morals and virtue in children, among which are:

- It's okay to be different, so long as you're a good person
- The most popular people are not always right, they're just surrounded by other people who do or like the same thing
- Sacrifice may be necessary, if the alternative is evil or immoral
- Don't judge a person by what you see on the outside

The book can be read to young children, or by those who are older. The made-up words will help build reading ability, as they can be challenging as well as rewardingly funny for kids. The unique pen-doodle style of Quentin Blake's illustrations are also perfect for the book.

This is a classic and, at the time of writing this review, is about to have a big, Hollywood release. It might be worth picking up the book to show kids that a story like this is best when read (or when it's read to them).
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