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Luckily for Sophie, the BFG is nothing like his neighbors, whose favorite pastime is guzzling little children.

Kidsnatched from her orphanage 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.

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Overview

Luckily for Sophie, the BFG is nothing like his neighbors, whose favorite pastime is guzzling little children.

Kidsnatched from her orphanage 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.

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"Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake are uncanny in their understanding of what children like to read and see. Sophie, an eight-year-old orphan, is kidnapped by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) and taken to Giantland, where [her] alliance with the BFG and the queen of England results in the capture of the nine evil giants. Children will enjoy this book." --The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141301051
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.03 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author


Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com

David Walliams is a multi-award winning British comedian, actor and writer, best known for the comedy series Little Britain; but his acting work includes plays, dramas and films. He is also the author of five hugely successful children’s books, including two illustrated by Quentin Blake - Roald Dahl's favourite illustrator.

Biography

"I have never met a boy who so persistently writes the exact opposite of what he means," a teacher once wrote in the young Roald Dahl's report card. "He seems incapable of marshaling his thoughts on paper." From such inauspicious beginnings emerged an immensely successful author whom The Evening Standard would one day dub "one of the greatest children's writers of all time."

Dahl may have been an unenthusiastic student, but he loved adventure stories, and when he finished school he went out into the world to have some adventures of his own. He went abroad as a representative of the Shell corporation in Dar-es-Salaam, and then served in World War II as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. After the war, Dahl began his writing career in earnest, publishing two well-received collections of short stories for adults, along with one flop of a novel.

The short stories, full of tension and subtle psychological horror, didn't seem to presage a children's author. Malcolm Bradbury wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "[Dahl's] characters are usually ignoble: he knows the dog beneath the skin, or works hard to find it." Yet this talent for finding, and exposing, the nastier sides of grown-up behavior served him well in writing for children. As Dahl put it, "Writing is all propaganda, in a sense. You can get at greediness and selfishness by making them look ridiculous. The greatest attribute of a human being is kindness, and all the other qualities like bravery and perseverance are secondary to that."

In 1953, Dahl married the actress Patricia Neal; two of his early children's books, James and the Giant Peach (1961) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) grew out of the bedtime stories he made up for their children. Elaine Moss, writing in the Times, called the latter "the funniest children's book I have read in years; not just funny but shot through with a zany pathos which touches the young heart." Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a colossal hit. A film version starring Gene Wilder was released in 1971 (as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), while James and the Giant Peach was made into a movie in 1996.

Dahl followed his initial successes with a string of bestsellers, including Danny, the Champion of the World, The Twits, The BFG, The Witches and Matilda. Some adults objected to the books' violence -- unpleasant characters (like James’s Aunts Sponge and Spiker) tend to get bumped off in grotesque and inventive ways -- but Dahl defended his stories as part of a tradition of gruesome fairy tales in which mean people get what they deserve. "These tales are pretty rough, but the violence is confined to a magical time and place," he said, adding that children like violent stories as long as they're "tied to fantasy and humor." By the time of his death in 1990, Dahl's mischievous wit had captivated so many readers that The Times called him "one of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation."

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When Dahl was in school, he and his schoolmates occasionally served as new-product testers for the Cadbury chocolate company. Dahl used to dream of working in a chocolate manufacturer's inventing room. He wrote in his autobiography, "I have no doubt at all that, 35 years later, when I was looking for a plot for my second book for children, I remembered those little cardboard boxes and the newly invented chocolates inside them, and I began to write a book called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Dahl's first book for children, The Gremlins (1943), was a story about the mythical creatures that sabotaged British planes. (Dahl claimed for most of his life that he had coined the term "gremlins," but it had been in use by members of the Royal Air Force for years.) Walt Disney planned to use it as the basis for a movie, but the project was scrapped, and only 5,000 copies of the book were ever printed.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 13, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      Llandaff, Wales, England
    1. Date of Death:
      November 23, 1990
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

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    the lovable bfg

    i won't tell you what the bfg is about but the plot is amazing. it is now my favorite book. readers will fall in love with the caracters and will grab on quickly to the story line. this book is for fast paced readers who like myserious fantacy places with evil,good,and funny,caracters. children will love it. it is hilarious.it will make you smile.if you are looking for an adventure, well here you go.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2006

    BEST LISTENING TO BE FOUND !

    Couldn't wait to write a rave review of this splendidly enjoyable audio book but AudioFile Magazine beat me to it. Their editors wrote: 'In a perfect combination of plot and narration, Natasha Richardson has created a splendid rendition of a true children's classic.' In other words, she's wonderful! Richardson took home a Tony award for her spectacular Broadway turn in Cabaret, and won a Tony nomination for her debut in Anna Christie. Film credits? Beaucoup. The Parent Trap, A Month in the Country, The Handmaid's Tale and The Comfort of Strangers. There's no questioning her acting chops and she brings all to the fore in this stunning delivery of a beloved children's classic. As many may remember, Sophie is an orphan who is amazed to discover that giants actually do exist. Not only that but some of them are very mean, so cruel that they 'like to guzzle and swallomp nice little chiddlers.' However, there is an exception - the BFG (Big Friendly Giant). He's such a good guy that he and Sophie pair up to rid the world of the mean 'troggle-humping giants.' Why, the BFG is so nice that all he can eat is snozzcumbers, better known as really bad food. (No wonder Roald Dahl holds such an appeal for kids!) So determined are Sophie and the BFG that they even ask the Queen of England to help them dispense with the kid quaffing big ones. The BFG as read by Natasha Richardson is pure pleasure to be enjoyed over and over again. - Gail Cooke

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    Bringing Back the BFG!!!

    Book Name: The BFG Author: Roald Dahl BFG: Big Friendly Giant, who is also the main character in this hilarious story written by Roald Dahl. In this fantasy book, the BFG and a girl named Sophie set out to stop the vicious giants who known as Fleshlumpeater, Bonecruncher, Manhugger, Childchewer, Meatdripper, Maidmasher, Bloodbottler, Butcherboy, and Gizzardgulper. This excellent book is great for kids who are eight years or older. Usually, you think of a giant as a mean furious beast, but the BFG is a very jolly friendly giant. He would not hurt a fly. He is a humongous giant with enormous legs that are 5 times the size of a school bus, and long long arms the size of a skyscraper. He has huge ears the size of an elephant, which help him hear dreams to catch to give to little children. Despite the other giants¿ size, he does not fear in them in the least. One night during the witching hour, Sophie caught a glimpse of the BFG and since he cannot be found out, he was forced to take her away. Sophie found herself in a cave whose walls were lined with bottles on long wooden shelves. She could hear the loud moaning coming from the other beastly giants. The feeling of the crumbly rock floor beneath her made her very uncomfortable. Hearing the loud growling sound coming from her aching stomach she thought about stuffing her mouth with delicious sorts of food. She could clearly see the pitch-black shadow towering over her like a falling skyscraper. The BFG decided he should tell Sophie why he had taken her from the dreaded orphanage. Sophie became petrified after hearing about the enormous child-eating giants lurking around for a good supper. The thought of stepping foot outside the cave and perhaps being eaten terrified Sophie so much. The BFG assured Sophie that he would not let her be eaten by one of those horrible giants. This made Sophie feel a little bit better but she was still very nervous. As the story continues, the BFG comes up with a crazy scheme to give a nightmare to the biggest giant of all ¿Fleshlumpeater¿. This dream was called a trogglehumper, and scared Fleshlumpeater nearly to death. He was squirming around as scared as a worm ready to be eaten. When this dragged on it started all sorts of commotion in the story. The nightmare frightened him so much he started tying his body into knots. Finally, it ended up with all the giants fighting against each other screaming crazy words. If you want to find out the hilarious ending to this story, you will just have to read this book. A funny scene in the book is when Sophie and the BFG are at the Queen¿s Palace. They are there for breakfast and the butlers need to make everything a lot bigger in size, not to mention the amount of extra food the chef needed. The butlers piled up a ping ¿pong table, four grandfather clocks, a chest of drawers, and the grand piano. This was my favorite part because you would never expect a giant to come to your house, never mind for breakfast! As I have read most Roald Dahl books, I highly recommend this one. It is a hilarious story and is my absolute favorite book of all time. If I could rate this book from one to ten, I would give it a ten. I hope this review will convince you to read this story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    Love It!

    This book is creative and fun! In this book Sophie gets captured by a big friendly giant aka bfg. They come up with a plan to stop the bad giants. The ending is a little confusing but that's what you get when you read Roald Dahl. I would recommend this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

    I Love It!

    I don't want to spoil the ending but the ending was surprising and something not many artists have done!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2011

    takes me back

    i love this book!! i wish it were available for the nook! i read it as a child and i still remember it to this day. i am 22 now. one of my favorite books ever written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2010

    BFG Review

    There are many things I liked about this book. For example, in the beginning I liked how the author made you feel as if the BFG was bad but in the end he turns out to be really nice. I also enjoyed how the BFG collected dreams and gave them to children because it is hard to believe that this could be possible. This story really makes you use your imagination. The illustrations by Quentin Blake helped you visualize the setting and characters in the story. There was also thing about the story that did not appeal to me. For instance, I did not like the Queen's maid Mary. Her way of speech was very annoying to the reader. I also did not like how the author made such a long chapter about the breakfast at the Queen's palace. It dragged on forever. Finally, it was hard for me to imagine kids actually being eaten by giants. But besides these few negatives I enjoyed the book so much I wish it had a sequel and the story could continue.
    Roald Dahl's writing is very unique in many ways. He makes it very easy to understand the point of the book by the way he uses words and descriptions. The author's way of writing, throughout the book, is always straightforward. This book is written in the third person writing style. This is when a narrator is telling the story. This helps to make the book very interesting because it is not told from one character's point of view.
    I highly recommend this novel to all readers. It was very entertaining and humorous. It always kept you laughing and wanting to know what would happen next. Also the author takes you into a different world that is both scary and funny. Finally, Roald Dahl's vocabulary stretches your imagination, which makes the story even better and interesting. Similar novels to The BFG that I would recommend are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which are also by Roald Dahl so they have similar writing styles and make a fantasy world come to life. Another similar novel I would recommend is Mr. Poppers Penguins because it is humorous like The BFG. Other novels that I have read previously and enjoyed would include Lily's Crossing, Pictures of Hollis Woods and Because of Winn-Dixie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2009

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    The BFG Is awesomely-awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    Last year, my 3rd grade class read a book called The BFG by Roald Dahl. Our teacher read it out loud to us at reading class. This is DEFINITELY must-read book. It is about a girl named Sophie who is an orphan and she lives and a horrible orphanage. One night Sophie wakes up at time that she heard of as "The Witching Hour" and sees a creepy shadow outside of her dormitory window. Reaching to get her glasses and get up, humungous hands comes in through the open window, grabs her and starts running away from the orphanage. Will Sophie survive? Is the thing that a grabbed her a monster and will try to eat her? Read this awesome book to find out

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2009

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    THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i absolutely LOVED this book! I have already read it 2 or 3 times and i am going to read it again! I don't really like re-reading books but i want to read this book again and again until ive memorized the whole thing! this is my favorite book EVER and it makes a great gift- its like buying the person hours and hours and hours of enjoyment!!!!!!!!!!!! great for people with big imaginations!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    I'm hooked on The BFG!

    The book The BFG is written by Roald Dahl. The main character is Sophie. She is an orphan that is kidnapped in the middle of the night by the BFG. The Big Friendly Giant carries Sophie to a cave. Sophie is then introduced to the wonderfully imaginative world that Roald Dahl has made with just a few words. The main problem is that there are other giants beside the BFG and they are not as nice, such as the Fleshlumpeater or the Maidmasher. They are eating kids everywhere and they must be stopped. Sophie and the BFG must come up with a plan as soon as possible, so less innocent kids die! Most events in this book take place in London and Giant Country. From rotsome snozzcumbers to winksquiffling golden phizzwizards, this world is as good as any Narnia or Terabithia. I think The BFG is a very good book. It was interesting to learn about everything. I think this is one of the books that's hard to put down once you start reading. The book is quite short and old. I would rate this book and 8, because it¿s a creative store, but the main storyline is too simple and short. I think the best part is learning about dreams, frobscottle, and reading the labels on the dreams. This is a very good book and I recommend it to anyone of all ages to read this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2008

    the bfg

    In the story The BFG by Roald Dahl the main character is Sophie. So Sophie has just been captured by a giant. She¿s really worried because she thinks the giant is going to eat her. The giant is telling her he won¿t eat her. But she thinks he¿s lying and/or trying to play a trick on her. The problem is that other giants are trying to eat children at night. Sophie and The BFG known as the big friendly giant (the giant who captured Sophie) come up with a plan to go to the Queen of England. What will happen now? I thought the book The BFG was a great book. My favorite part was when The BFG took Sophie because I bet it¿ll be cool to see a giant. I would recommend this book to pre-teens because its fantasy and some language are hard to understand. I liked this book because it was very interesting. I was shocked when Sophie took down the biggest giant in giant country with a little pin. If you have read the book the twits also written by Roald Dahl you might like this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2008

    check out the BFG

    I read the book The BFG by Roald Dahl. I think the BFG was a good book. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5. If you like fantasy the BFG is a good book for you. In the story there is a girl named Sophie. She is in her bed lying there awake during Witching Hour and a giant hand comes and takes her from her bed. Then the giant takes her to giant land. And then Sophie sees that there are a lot more giants and they are all at least 50 feet tall. The giant that took Sophie was only about 24 feet tall so now he didn¿t look like much of a giant compared to the others. All of the other giants eat kids during Witching hour when everyone is supposed to be asleep but the BFG eats a vegetable called the Snozzcumber. The BFG thinks it tastes horrible but he would rather eat them then kids, The BFG drinks something called frobscottle and the BFG actually likes the Frobscottle. During Witching Hour The BFG runs all the way to the human world and blows all kinds of dreams in to the kids rooms instead of eating them like all the other giants. There is a little summary of the BFG but I¿m not going to give away the ending. Read it yourself to see what happens to Sophie and the BFG And all the other giants of Giant Land.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2008

    BFG Review

    BFG Review The BFG was a wonderful children¿s book written by Roald Dahl. I had a feeling just by reading the back of the book that I was going to like it. The characters were influential, the scenes were amazing and the plot was genius. I the next paragraph¿s I am going to give you a review of the BFG. The characters were really influential in the BFG. Especially the two main characters BFG (Big Friendly Giant) and Sophia. BFG was a giant from Giant land who was shorter than the other giants and did not eat humans like the other giants. Sophia was a little girl who was kidnapped by the BFG, who was trying to protect her from the bigger monsters. They ended up going through a lot of things together and became good friends. Out of five stars I would give the characters a five out of five. Besides the characters the scenes were amazing too. The way the author used description to describe the settings made me feel like I was really there. When it would say things like Sophia then got in the BFG¿s ear so they can travel, it made me feel like I was Sophia. In just about every scene their were descriptions so good it made me feel like I was the main character. The scenes of this book deserve a five out of five. The scenes weren¿t the only amazing thing, the plot was genius. What other man could have written a book about a giant and a little girl and have it be a best seller. The plot line was so original and interesting. The BFG was about a giant named BFG and a girl name Sophia who travel all over giant land conquering fears and enemies. The plot is just so enjoyable it will have you shouting all the other authors are fizz wigglers compared to Roald Dahl. The plot of this book would get a five out of five. In conclusion this book is a one of a kind. To find out even more about the characters, scenes, and plot you should read the book for yourself. Out of 15 this book would be a 15 out of 15.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2007

    Journey to Giant Country

    By Ms. Lambro¿s Fourth Grade Superstars (Sammamish, Washington) ¿Ptttthhhpp!! The Frobscottle has made The BFG do it again!!¿ Sophie was kidnapped from her orphanage late at night during the witching hour from a mysterious creature. That mysterious creature was in fact the main character, The Big Friendly Giant! In the BFG, by Roald Dahl, Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant take it upon themselves to save all the young Chidlers around the world from Fifty Foot Meanies. If you read this book be sure to pay attention to the part while The BFG drinks Frobscottle. It is quite a sound twist. It will have you laughing and whizzpopping to the end of the book! We recommend this book because it¿s hilariously written and you will laugh your heads off. But be careful and be prepared for creative words and misused grammar.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    Great book

    I read this book in 4th grade and i loved it. I recomended it to my freind and he loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    The bfg

    It dosent get really good until chapter 15...in my opinion at least.but it was a really cute story after that.Heads up: the bfg's grammar can b sort of confusing at times so watch out 4 that.

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    Posted May 27, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    Bfg

    A heart warming story

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  • Posted January 30, 2014

    Dahl is a good author to introduce children into reading. He has

    Dahl is a good author to introduce children into reading. He has a fun way of creating a magical world that is exciting and full of laughs and weird, but lovable characters. You can tell he's an Englishman because they end up meeting the queen!

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

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    Still classic fun

    I loved this book, my daughter loved this book and now my granddaughter.

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