The BFG by Roald Dahl

82%

16 Critic Reviews

My favourite part is when the giants start to fight. It's a very very funny book. It's a brilliant bedtime story book. I recommend this book for all ages.
-Guardian

Synopsis

Roald Dahl's beloved novel hits the big screen in July 2016 in a major motion picture adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg from Amblin Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures.

When Sophie is snatched from her orphanage bed by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), she fears she will be eaten. But instead the two join forces to vanquish the nine other far less gentle giants who threaten to consume earth’s children. This beautiful hardcover gift edition of Dahl's classic features the original illustrations by Quentin Blake, as well as a silk ribbon marker, acid-free paper, gilt stamping on a full-cloth cover, decorative endpapers, and a sewn binding.





From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Roald Dahl

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Roald (pronounced "Roo-aal") was born in Llandaff, South Wales. He had a relatively uneventful childhood and was educated at Repton School. During World War II he served as a fighter pilot and for a time was stationed in Washington, D.C.. Prompted by an interviewer, he turned an account of one of his war experiences into a short story that was accepted by the Saturday Evening Post, which were eventually collected in Over to You (1946). Dahl's stories are often described as horror tales or fantasies, but neither description does them justice. He has the ability to treat the horrible and ghastly with a light touch, sometimes even with a humorous one. His tales never become merely shocking or gruesome. His purpose is not to shock but to entertain, and much of the entertainment comes from the unusual twists in his plots, rather than from grizzly details. Dahl has also become famous as a writer of children's stories. In some circles, these works have cased great controversy. Critics have charged that Dahl's work is anti-Semitic and degrades women. Nevertheless, his work continues to be read: Charlie and Chocolate Factory (1964) was made into a successful movie, and his books of rhymes for children continue to be very popular. Award-winning illustrator and children's author, Quentin Blake was born in 1932. His first drawings were published in "Punch" when he was 16. He has illustrated almost 300 titles some in collaboration with famous writers such as Russell Hoban, John Yeoman and Roald Dahl. He is the creator of characters such as Mister Magnolia and Mrs. Armitage. His works have earned him numerous awards including the Whitbread Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award, the Bologna Ragazzi Prize, and in 2002 the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration. In 1999, he was selected as the First Children's Laureate.
 
Published August 16, 2007 by Puffin Books. 208 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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All: 16 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Below average
on Oct 16 2011

This is all told in Dahl's higgledy-piggledy home-made manner, which is rarely disarming here despite the pandering. And it's hard to find the bumble-tongued BFG endearing.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Benki on Nov 30 2012

My favourite part is when the giants start to fight. It's a very very funny book. It's a brilliant bedtime story book. I recommend this book for all ages.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Benki on Nov 30 2012

It's a brilliant bedtime story book. I recommend this book for all ages.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Faith Draper on Jun 22 2010

Although recommended for 9-12 year olds “BFG” was a fairly easy read for my 7 year old grandson and my 4 year old granddaughter was captivated by the pictures and story.

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Curious Book Fans

Good
Reviewed by Marko on Dec 30 2011

I would recommend this book to you because it’s funny. I could also recommend this book to younger children because it would open up their imagination about giants.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by WinkieM on Nov 01 2014

Roald Dahl constructed yet another brilliant book to his collection of masterpieces. The language is precise, the illustrations (by Quentin Blake) are picture perfect, and the book itself is downright flawless.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by wolverines on Sep 29 2014

I definitely rate this book 4.5 stars because of the creativity and the vocabulary, such as: Zippfizzing, Gigglehouse, Gobbit and many more! It showed me what it meant to have your nose in a book!

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Austin T. on Sep 29 2014

This book was a very fun book to read and it kept my interest with its good story, and fun words...You want to know how good the book is well you have to read the book to find out for yourself.

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Above average
Reviewed by Elizabeth Bird on May 17 2012

Prior to the publication of this book Roald Dahl tried his hand at the story George’s Marvelous Medicine. Adults were rarely entirely pleased with Dahl’s stories as they came out, but they definitely disliked this one in particular. So BFG was a welcome relief and a much more popular book when it as released.

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Confessions of a Bibliophile

Good
Reviewed by Jaime on May 18 2009

I liked this quite a bit more than Matilda, maybe because it is obviously fanciful from the start. It’s hard to fault its “nice guys win” message. I loved the language in this… the whimsy instantly brings Dr. Seuss to mind.

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Good
Reviewed by David Soyka on Nov 20 2015

I began reading the Dahl canon to my daughter when she was six. Even when a lot of the material was way over her head, she's never failed to be thoroughly enchanted. Neither will you.

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Kidsmomo

Excellent
Reviewed by kaylee on Mar 26 2013

I love this book. It’s very descriptive and I’d recommend this book for people who like funny and mysterious books.

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Giraffe Days

Good
on Sep 27 2010

One thing that I still find refreshing about Dahl...is that he’s very un-PC. I’ve never ever found his books to be offensive in any way; rather, he felt even more like a family friend for being so real about things.

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Biblioklept

Excellent
Reviewed by Edwin Turner on Jul 10 2014

Dahl’s command of language in The BFG marks the book as one of his strongest achievements...Dahl converts the personal (and infinite) loss of his own daughter into a loving gift he seeks to share with all children.

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Children's Atheneum

Good
Reviewed by VENUS BRADLEY on Jun 25 2008

...humorous for young readers but also allows them to fix and replace the phrases with correct ones in their head. One of the many teaching gimmicks that Dahl uses.

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Middle Grade Mafioso

Above average
Reviewed by Michael G-G on Apr 22 2013

The inventiveness of the language was the most immediately dazzling thing. Dahl gives the giants their own variant of English...The relationship between the BFG and Sophie. Although the BFG has effectively kidnapped Sophie (and this fear is well-portrayed in the first pages) he is very tender and protective of her...

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