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Celebrating 30 years of a beloved Roald Dahl classic!

For thirty years, readers have been enchanted by this story of young Sophie and the benevolent Big Friendly Giant—inspired by Roald Dahl's own granddaughter. Come celebrate and join them as they take on the Bonecruncher, the Bloodbottler, and other monsters to help make the world a better place for children everywhere!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142410387
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/16/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 8,333
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.52(d)
Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) is one of the most beloved storytellers of all time. He wrote many award-winning books for children, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda.

Quentin Blake has illustrated over three hundred books, including most of Roald Dahl's children's books. He lives in London.

Date of Birth:

September 13, 1916

Date of Death:

November 23, 1990

Place of Birth:

Llandaff, Wales, England

Place of Death:

Oxford, England

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The Witching Hour
Sophie couldn't sleep.
A brilliant moonbeam was slanting through a gap in the curtains. It was shining right on to her pillow.
The other children in the dormitory had been asleep for hours.
Sophie closed her eyes and lay quite still. She tried very hard to doze off.
It was no good. The moonbeam was like a silver blade slicing through the room onto her face.
The house was absolutely silent. No voices came up from downstairs. There were no footsteps on the floor above either.
The window behind the curtain was wide open, but nobody was walking on the pavement outside. No cars went by on the street. Not the tiniest sound could be heard anywhere. Sophie had never known such a silence.
Perhaps, she told herself, this was what they called the witching hour.
The witching hour, somebody had once whispered to her, was a special moment in the middle of the night when every child and every grown-up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had the world to themselves.
The moonbeam was brighter than ever on Sophie's pillow. She decided to get out of bed and close the gap in the curtains.
You got punished if you were caught out of bed after lights-out. Even if you said you had to go to the lavatory, that was not accepted as an excuse and they punished you just the same. But there was no one about now, Sophie was sure of that.
She reached out for her glasses that lay on the chair beside her bed. They had steel rims and very thick lenses, and she could hardly see a thing without them. She put them on, then she slipped out of bed and tiptoed over to the window.
When she reached the curtains, Sophie hesitated. She longed to duck underneath them and lean out of the window to see what the world looked like now that the witching hour was at hand.
She listened again. Everywhere it was deathly still.
The longing to look out became so strong she couldn't resist it. Quickly, she ducked under the curtains and leaned out of the window.
In the silvery moonlight, the village street she knew so well seemed completely different. The houses looked bent and crooked, like houses in a fairy tale. Everything was pale and ghostly and milky-white.
Across the road, she could see Mrs Rance's shop, where you bought buttons and wool and bits of elastic. It didn't look real. There was something dim and misty about that too.
Sophie allowed her eye to travel further and further down the street.
Suddenly she froze. There was something coming up the street on the opposite side.
It was something black . . .
Something tall and black . . .
Something very tall and very black and very thin.

It wasn't a human. It couldn't be. It was four times as tall as the tallest human. It was so tall its head was higher than the upstairs windows of the houses. Sophie opened her mouth to scream, but no sound came out. Her throat, like her whole body, was frozen with fright.
This was the witching hour all right.
The tall black figure was coming her way. It was keeping very close to the houses across the street, hiding in the shadowy places where there was no moonlight.
On and on it came, nearer and nearer. But it was moving in spurts. It would stop, then it would move on, then it would stop again.
But what on earth was it doing?
Ah-ha! Sophie could see now what it was up to. It was stopping in front of each house. It would stop and peer into the upstairs window of each house in the street. It actually had to bend down to peer into the upstairs windows. That's how tall it was.
It would stop and peer in. Then it would slide on to the next house and stop again, and peer in, and so on all along the street.
It was much closer now and Sophie could see it more clearly.
Looking at it carefully, she decided it had to be some kind of PERSON. Obviously it was not a human. But it was definitely a PERSON.
A GIANT PERSON, perhaps.
Sophie stared hard across the misty moonlit street. The Giant (if that was what he was) was wearing a long BLACK CLOAK.
In one hand he was holding what looked like a VERY LONG, THIN TRUMPET.
In the other hand, he held a LARGE SUITCASE.
The Giant had stopped now right in front of Mr and Mrs Goochey's house. The Goocheys had a greengrocer's shop in the middle of the High Street, and the family lived above the shop. The two Goochey children slept in the upstairs front room, Sophie knew that.
The Giant was peering through the window into the room where Michael and Jane Goochey were sleeping. From across the street, Sophie watched and held her breath.
She saw the Giant step back a pace and put the suitcase down on the pavement. He bent over and opened the suitcase. He took something out of it. It looked like a glass jar, one of those square ones with a screw top. He unscrewed the top of the jar and poured what was in it into the end of the long trumpet thing.
Sophie watched, trembling.
She saw the Giant straighten up again and she saw him poke the trumpet in through the open upstairs window of the room where the Coochey children were sleeping. She saw the Giant take a deep breath and whoof, he blew through the trumpet.
No noise came out, but it was obvious to Sophie that whatever had been in the jar had now been blown through the trumpet into the Coochey children's bedroom.
What could it be?
As the Giant withdrew the trumpet from the window and bent down to pick up the suitcase, he happened to turn his head and glance across the street.
In the moonlight, Sophie caught a glimpse of an enormous long pale wrinkly face with huge ears. The nose was as sharp as a knife, and above the nose there were two bright flashing eyes, and the eyes were staring straight at Sophie. There was a fierce and devilish look about them.
Sophie gave a yelp and pulled back from the window. She flew across the dormitory and jumped into her bed and hid under the blanket.
And there she crouched, still as a mouse, and tingling all over.
The Snatch
Under the blanket, Sophie waited.
After a minute or so, she lifted a corner of the blanket and peeped out.
For the second time that night her blood froze to ice and she wanted to scream, but no sound came out. There at the window, with the curtains pushed aside, was the enormous long pale wrinkly face of the Giant Person, staring in. The flashing black eyes were fixed on Sophie's bed.
The next moment, a huge hand with pale fingers came snaking in through the window. This was followed by an arm, an arm as thick as a tree-trunk, and the arm, the hand, the fingers were reaching out across the room towards Sophie's bed.
This time Sophie really did scream, but only for a second because very quickly the huge hand clamped down over her blanket and the scream was smothered by the bedclothes.
Sophie, crouching underneath the blanket, felt strong fingers grasping hold of her, and then she was lifted up from her bed, blanket and all, and whisked out of the window.
If you can think of anything more terrifying than that happening to you in the middle of the night, then let's hear about it.
The awful thing was that Sophie knew exactly what was going on although she couldn't see it happening. She knew that a Monster (or Giant) with an enormous long pale wrinkly face and dangerous eyes had plucked her from her bed in the middle of the witching hour and was now carrying her out through the window smothered in a blanket.
What actually happened next was this. When the Giant had got Sophie outside, he arranged the blanket so that he could grasp all the four corners of it at once in one of his huge hands, with Sophie imprisoned inside. In the other hand he seized the suitcase and the long trumpet thing and off he ran.
Sophie, by squirming around inside the blanket, managed to push the top of her head out through a little gap just below the Giant's hand. She stared around her.
She saw the village houses rushing by on both sides. The Giant was sprinting down the High Street. He was running so fast his black cloak was streaming out behind him like the wings of a bird. Each stride he took was as long as a tennis court. Out of the village he ran, and soon they were racing across the moonlit fields. The hedges dividing the fields were no problem to the Giant. He simply strode over them. A wide river appeared in his path. He crossed it in one flying stride.
Sophie crouched in the blanket, peering out. She was being bumped against the Giant's leg like a sack of potatoes. Over the fields and hedges and rivers they went, and after a while a frightening thought carne into Sophie's head. The Giant is running fast, she told herself, because he is hungry and he wants to get home as quickly as possible, and then he'll have me for breakfast.

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The BFG 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 277 reviews.
mollymoo More than 1 year ago
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 will make you smile.if you are looking for an adventure, well here you go.
Sekinahd More than 1 year ago
I don't want to spoil the ending but the ending was surprising and something not many artists have done!
MissT4thGradeClass More than 1 year ago
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
Lacey55 More than 1 year ago
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!
mrs-edward-cullen More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 22 days ago
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Sounds really good
labbit440 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read this as a kid. Loved it. One of my favorites from Dahl's children's collection. If you're new to Roald Dahl, don't miss the BFG. If you're curious about Roald Dahl, the BFG is a good place to start.
kdebros on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book! A little girl is captured by a vegetarian giant and must be hidden from the carnivorous giants. Lots of interesting and silly discussions, including what children from around the world taste like and what a vegetarian giant eats.
technodiabla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this to my 6 year old daughter. The writing (lots of nonesense words) was cute as first, but became tiresome after a while. The story goes on a bit longer than it really needs to. My daughter loved it of course.
stephmo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dahl's amazing ability to bend language into a silly tapestry of friendship, bravery and the ability of the two to come together and allow others to find the best within shines in BFG. Young Sophie is spirited away in the middle of the night by the dream-bringing BFG (Big Friendly Giant) when she has the misfortune of being the first "human bean" to see him on his evening rounds. Luckily for her, he's the snozzcucumber-eating giant and not the type looking to feast on young children. In classic Dahl fashion, they're fast friends who are the better for having known each other in a tale spun together with a dash of the amazing, several heaping servings of whimsy and a whole lot of fantastic.
lyzadanger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My husband and I listened to this as an audio book during a long driving trip to the American Southwest. I was skeptical, even though I love Roald Dahl, and at first I thought much might be lost in not being able to see the spelling of the BFG's adorable malapropisms. But the reader was talented and brought the voices of the giants to life. And this book is indeed adorable. Not sickly-treacly adorable, but just plain heartwarming. I think it was this exchange between Sophie (the protagonist, a young girl) and the BFG (giant) toward the beginning of the book that won me over. Sophie is concerned that she is about to be eaten: `Do you like vegetables?¿ Sophie asked, hoping to steer the conversation towards a slightly less dangerous kind of food. `You is trying to change the subject,¿ the Giant said sternly. `We is having an interesting babblement about the taste of the human bean. The human bean is not a vegetable.¿ `Oh, but the bean is a vegetable,¿ Sophie said. `Not the human bean,¿ the Giant said. `The human bean has two legs and a vegetable has no legs at all.¿When I was child I adored Dahl, but now I realize that his writing is timeless in its endearing quality. Much recommended.
Libhairy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really think this book shows that not all big people are bullies. It's just a very bad stereotype that people use. Just because your tall or strong doesn't mean your going to hurt someone else. Sure there are people like that but some of those people could me short and weak.People assume that "giants" are scary because they are so much bigger than us and can accomplish much more. This, in fact is true but they can do much more "good" than we could, meaning they could help rebuild damaged buildings with their strength or dig holes with their giant hands (If giants existed).
Soph01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the best Dahl books ever! So funny, so entertaining and so magical! A compleetly origanal story straight from his heart!
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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. In fact, I may have to add ¿whizzpopper¿ to my own vocabulary (what a fun word to introduce to my niece and nephew!).As a side note, this audio book was narrated by the tragically departed Natasha Richardson, and she did a wonderful job.
Whisper1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
By far, my favorite of all the Dahl books I've read to date.Orphaned, bespectacled, tiny Sophie creeps out of bed during the witching hour when all is dark and quiet. She observes a BIG giant blowing something in windows. She later finds that the giant is blowing dreams into the bedroom of children.She is then kidnapped by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) and taken to a far away land where she observes that all other giants are bigger and nastier and eat human "beans!"There is an incredible beauty in the development of the relationship between the BFG and Sophie as together they plot to undo The Fleshlumpeaters, The Bonecrunchers, The Manhuggers, The Meat drippers and The Butcher boysl. The creativity and the play on words made it a book I hated to see end.Highly recommended. Five Stars!!!!
ChristineRobinson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Now a classic, this Roald Dahl book tells the story of Sophie and the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) and their quest to rid the world of the horrible man and children eating other giants. They team up with the Queen and the British Army and Air Force to catch the bad giants. Dahl¿s ridiculous dialogue between Sophie and the BFG often makes little sense because of the BFG¿s strange vocabulary. But this only adds to the hilarity of the book and endears him to the reader. This is a must read for every child before they reach high school. Blake¿s whimsical illustrations complete the book in a way only he could.