“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!
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