Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What is Sophie's Plan?

“Words," he said, "is oh such a twitch-tickling problem to me all my life. So you must simply try to be patient and stop squibbling. As I am telling you before, I know exactly what words I am wanting to say, but somehow or other they is always getting squiff-squiddled around.” ~The BFG

Sophie is captured late one night, as can happen when one can’t fall asleep. Luckily for her, the giant who took her is not like the rest of his kind, for he is kind and gentle (a little on the short side too, at nearly 24 feet). He doesn’t want to eat Sophie and doesn’t dine on children (or any “human beans”).  The BFG, as he comes to be known, eats veggies and a fizzy drink which cause him to “whizzpop”.  Although he is a giant, he has a heart of gold and enjoys giving kids pleasant dreams, which he stores and blows into their rooms while they are dozing. Sophie and the BFG become fast friends. When Sophie finds out that the other giants have a plan to devour lots of other children, she begs the BFG to help her save them. She has a plan, but it won’t work if she tries it alone. Will Sophie and the BFG be able to save the unsuspecting humans? Will the other giants find out what they are up to? Is it really possible for a giant and a human child to be friends? You will have to read this book to find out!

I have read most of Roald Dahl’s books, and I enjoyed The BFG. The main characters are easy to relate to for different reasons. I appreciated the BFG's sensitivity and Sophie’s determination. I loved all of the fun made up words throughout the book. There are lots of quirky details, which I have come to expect from this author. I found myself laughing out loud as I pictured some of the scenes. I think this book would appeal to kids in third grade and up (younger kids would enjoy having it read to them).  The BFG has a way of talking that can take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it- his personality pops off the pages. I liked the themes in this book about good and evil, and that friendships can happen where we least expect them. This was another reminder that we shouldn’t judge books or people by their covers and that we should laugh often!

Has anyone else read The BFG? Or have you read another book by Roald Dahl? We would love to hear your thoughts.

Happy Reading!
~L


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54 comments:

  1. This sounds like a wonderful book! The BFG sounds like a very lovable character, and I love a book that has a message to not judge a book by its cover. Great review!

    ~Michele & Mckenzie @ A Belle's Tales

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    1. Michele and Mckenzie- The BFG is definitely a lovable character. Lots of fun!:) ~L

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  2. I'm glad you enjoyed this :D I have yet to read any books by Roald.. but I'm hoping to do so one day :) Thank you for sharing this awesome review. <3

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    1. Carina- I hope you get to read some Roald Dahl soon. He has a quirky style- and all of his books are unique. :) Thanks for visiting! ~L

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  3. I read this and absolutely adored it. I love how the BFG talks.

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    1. Medeia- I am so glad to hear you enjoyed this one too. The BFG has the best phrases and way of speaking! :) ~L

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  4. This is one of the few Dahl books I actually haven't picked up, but it sounds so fun! I love his writing :)

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    1. Meradeth- Roald Dahl does keep me entertained with his interesting characters and story lines. If you get to read this one, I hope you enjoy it! :) ~L

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  5. My grand children just loved this story Big friendly giant, It was apleasure to read it to them, great review. be well Agman

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    1. Agman- I love that you read this one to your grandchildren. Big Friendly Giant is such fun. :) ~L

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  6. Excuse me I'm just a dumb ole boy but what is bloglovin?

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    1. Agman- Bloglovin is a way of following a blog and getting to see what has been posted each day. An organized way to see the blogs you enjoy and what they have posted that day. :) ~L

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  7. I haven't read enough Roald Dahl period.

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    1. Barbara- I hope you get to read more soon! :) ~L

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  8. I think I have read everything by him...including a weird one called The Enormous Crocodile...I think that was by him. My second graders loved it!

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    1. Patty- I can imagine that your second graders enjoyed his books. I have read almost all of his books- but I haven't read The Enormous Crocodile yet. :) ~L

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  9. Sounds like a fun book. A giant and a little girl.

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    1. Lady Lilith- It is a fun book! Hope you get to check it out. :) ~L

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  10. I thought I had read most of Dahl's books but I have never seen this one> How did I miss it? It sounds so cute. Have you read Danny the Champion of the World?

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    1. Heidi- I read Danny the Champion of the World (and just about all of Dahl's other books). Interestingly enough- The BFG is an expansion of Danny the Champion of the World. I wish I reread it first- but I guess I can always read it again now. :) ~L

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  11. It's been more than two decades since I read The BFG to my kids! I love Roald Dahl, and his children's books inspired me to become a children's author. Can't wait till my grandkids are old enough for me to read this to them!

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    1. LynNerdKelley- I love that Dahl's books inspired you to become a children's author. Awesome! It will be so much fun when you get to read his books to your grandkids. How cool to share them with multiple generations. :) ~L

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  12. Kudos for so cleverly writing that character and making it understandable. It was such fun to read.

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    1. M Pax- I agree that he did a great job creating a dialect and interesting characters. :) ~L

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  13. Ohh! A giant and a little girl? Sounds fun!

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    1. Editors at Work- It is lots of fun! :) ~L

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  14. I've never read this one, but years ago read some others of his with my kids. I'll try to check this one out. It sounds fun.

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    1. Rosi- If you have read other books by Dahl and enjoyed them then I think you will like this one! :) ~L

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  15. I haven't read this one, but I was watching the episode of Face Off the other night where the make-up artists had to bring to life some of Dahl's lesser known characters. It was fun!

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    1. Jocelyn- I have never seen Face Off- but I am definitely very curious after reading your comment. :) ~L

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  16. This sounds like a wonderful book for children and you did an excellent job of reviewing it.

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    1. Anna Maria- It is a wonderful book for kids and adults. So glad you enjoyed the review! :) ~L

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  17. I can't believe I haven't read a Roald Dahl book yet even though I own three and Matilda is one of my favourite movies. I love the quote and the writing sounds wonderfully fun. The themes and messages this books sends are great as well. :)

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    1. Isa- I have not see Matilda- but if you like the movie I am sure you will enjoy the book! You should definitely check out Roald Dahl. He has such interesting books and a style all his own. :) ~L

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  18. Dahl has such great rhythm with his words - the BFG is a favourite of many students! :)

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    1. Jemi- Yes! He does have a great rhythm. So happy to hear that your students all enjoy The BFG! :) ~L

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  19. I think Disney must have based Monsters Inc. on this Dahl book, lol. He sounds like a lovely giant.

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  20. I love that they're re-releasing all of them with colorful, cartoony covers. That should introduce his books to a new generation of readers who might not have read them otherwise.

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    1. Stephanie- I enjoy the new covers too! It keeps them fresh and current. :) ~L

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  21. I don't think I've read The BFG since my niece and nephew now 23 and 20 were little. Hopefully with two great-nephews (3 years and 3 months and 7 months) I'll be remedying this soon.

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    1. Tracy- I hope you will get to read The BFG to your great-nephews when they get a little older. That will be a blast! :) ~L

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  22. I've read a lot of Roald Dahl, but I haven't read this one. I'll have to add it to the list.

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    1. Sherry- I think you will enjoy this one! He has such entertaining books! :) ~L

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  23. What!? Haha! I can't believe that's what The BFG is about. I never knew there was giants in any of Roald Dahl's books but this sounds really good. I've read Fantastic Mr. Fox by him and another lesser known book I think called The Giraffe, the Pelly, and me? Something like that... He has a great imagination so I'm not surprised you enjoyed this one. Thanks for letting me know about The BFG!

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    1. Adriana- Dahl's imaginative stories always keep my interest because anything can happen. I am glad we were able to review this one for your and let you know what The BFG is about. Giants! I haven't read The Fantastic Mr. Fox in a while- but I liked it too. :) ~L

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  24. I'm ashamed. I have this title on my to-read shelf forever but still haven't gotten to it. I like that this giant gives pleasant dreams. I'll check out the book and share it with a student I know would love to read this. I have read Matilda and a R.D. adult short story collection.

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    1. Claudine- The BFG is quirky and fun. His unique way of speaking may take some getting used to, but he is funny. :) Enjoy! ~L

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  25. I’ve not read the BFG, but I’m looking forward to reading it to my granddaughters. I very much enjoyed your review.

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    1. Barbara- The BGF will have you and your granddaughters laughing. :) ~L

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  26. Very cute. Love the way he talks.

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  27. I've watched the trailer for this one and can't wait to watch it! I have already watched the cartoon version and loved that as well. Anything Dahl writes is just creative genius and is so inspiring. A personal favourite of mine.

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    1. Olivia- Savannah- Roald Dahl books are a favorite of mine too. So many amazing books! Enjoy! :)

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