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Kidsnatched from her orphange by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux
Copyright Date: ©1982
ISBN: 9781101662984
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Alternative Title: B.F.G.


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Jun 22, 2020

I’m still reading it but for now I think it’s pretty good.

Jun 18, 2020

Nice. I thought it will be boring. The new language used is splendid.

Feb 10, 2020

My very first book by Roald Dahl, definitely one of my favourites.

Nov 01, 2019

Level U

Jul 17, 2019

This is a very interesting and cool book and funny too!

Dec 04, 2018

I've read it to the kids and we all enjoyed it. As good as more than a quarter of a century ago when I first read it!

Jan 25, 2018

The BFG by Roald Dahl is such a nice novel. I was first introduced to Roald Dahl by my sister, and I am so grateful for that because he was a major part of my childhood! The BFG was great - even though it is for children, I enjoy reading it when I am bored because it is such a sweet novel. For example, I really liked the book because it truly emphasizes the idea that people should not judge something based off of its looks. For example - who would expect a giant to be friendly? The adventure that Sophie and the BFG embark on is so fun to read, and I would read this book a hundred times if I had the time! You should definitely read this novel if you are looking for a quick and happy read. Rating: 4/5. @Montgomery of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The BFG defied all expectations I had. It is a whimsical story about a young, orphan girl, Sophie, who meets the BFG during the witching hour. Although Sophie is initially scared, she makes a friend with the BFG who turns out to be kind and caring, unlike the other giants. The other giants eat people at night while everyone is asleep. They go to various parts of the world to gobble up people for their different flavours. We follow the BFG and Sophie as they devise a plan to stop the other giants from eating people that involves the Queen of England and nightmares. Although it is a children’s book, I would recommend this book for all ages. From the inventive words like “telly-telly bunkum box” to the imaginative storyline itself, The BFG was a joy to read. This book was “razztwizzler”! Rating: 5/5
@maroonmouse of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Big Friendly Giant was almost like my best friend in elementary school; I read this novel enough times to say we were much like close companions! I never got bored of this inventive, fun and intriguing book about a dream-catching giant and his fearsome brothers. At the witching hour, Sophie, a girl with insomnia looks out the window and sees a giant with a trumpet going from building to building to catch their dreams. Naturally, the sly giant can’t have any little girl tattling on his talent and grabs Sophie out of her room. Although initially Sophie is terrified, the BFG stays true to his name and the two become a duo to be reckoned with. There were so many meaningful messages in this story and I know some people are worried about the context, but it’s a children’s book for goodness sake! One of my favourite quotes deals with the BFG explaining that humans are the only animals that kill each other. The film adaptation lives up to expectations and is a great hit! Rating 4.5/5
@jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Dec 30, 2017

I loved this story when I was younger. Re-reading it as an adult I enjoyed the language as much as when I was a child. Perhaps it was the time in which Dahl wrote the novel but I was disappointed by some of the characterizations: the Queen's maid is older, heavy-set and not very bright; only men are in the armed forces protecting the country; boys would not like a dream a girl would like and vice versa; when the Queen calls Baghdad and talks to the Sultan wondering if anything unpleasant had happened there overnight the reply is "We are chopping off people's heads like you are chopping parsley". *Gulp*! There are somethings I'd definitely not read to my niece as I would not wish to maintain stereotypes.

Dec 30, 2017

Sophie is a smart girl and is curious. The BFG snatches her in the witching hour. the BFG takes Sophie to his cave.there friendship grows.I have read this many times I think it is a phenomenal book.

Nov 14, 2017

Politically incorrect book? Debatable.
Imaginative? Oh, yes.
Mocked British armed forces? Of course! Author also sugarcoated Great Britain's waning military state by using helicopters instead of transport planes.
Surprised on Queen Elizabeth II more of a figurehead? Yep.
Author positive portrayal of head butler on how to feed BFG? Classic.
Subtle strategy on how the weaker defeated the stronger.
Highly recommended for kids & the kid at heart.

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Feb 05, 2020

"My dear BFG, what a clever fellow you are. You are not very well eduacated but you are really nobody's fool, I can see that."
~ The Queen

Dec 12, 2016

“Two rights don't equal a left.”

Laura_X Jun 01, 2016

Don't gobblefunk around with words.


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