Book Review : The BFG

“The matter with human beans…is that they is absolutely refusing to believe in anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles.” Roald Dahl, The BFG

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This book is one for the ages and one for all ages. It will let you believe in magic and learn where dreams come from. And who doesn’t love a good dream? I apparently missed the chance to read this one growing up but everyone around me “awwww”d when I told them I was reading this one. The heartwarming story is perfect for reading to the kids before bed, especially because of the funny words and phrases – “human beans” and “schnozzles” for example. And the story is one that the whole family can enjoy.

SPOILER ALERT

As this is a kids book, there’s not much to spoil. We learn where dreams come from and that even the smallest people can do big things. Sophie is an orphan when we meet her and The BFG (the big friendly giant) is the smallest of all the giants, and the only one who doesn’t eat “human beans” like the other giants. When Sophie is taken from the orphanage, she is scared at first and then learns to love the BFG. Then she learns that the other giants are eating people at night and she will not stand by and let it happen. The plan that she comes up with involves giving a specially designed dream from the BFG’s stash to the Queen of England and saving all the future people from untimely giant-deaths.

I do hope that the hilarity of Sophie meeting the Queen and the BFG sitting on a table made from Grandfather clocks and a ping pong table make it to the movie as these were some of the funniest parts to visualize in the book. I’m sure the dream catching sequence is going to be visually stunning as well.

SUMMARY

Again, I only have wonderful things to say about this book. I am excited to add it to the stack to read my kids in the future and enjoy the movie as a family. The trailer looks beautiful and I can’t wait to see it!

GRADE: A

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