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Review: The BFG

May 29, 2015


The BFG (big friendly giant) goes around at night, giving dreams to children.  One evening, he comes across a wide-awake Sophie so he takes her away so she can’t tell others about him.  She’s rather lucky it was the BFG who found her and not one of the mean giants.  When she hears they mean others harm she comes up with a plot to keep everyone safe and recruits the BFG to help her.

The BFG is classic Roald Dahl – full of fantastical characters with a plot that’s just a little bit convoluted and a whole lot of fun!  Sophie is strong and smart and wants to do the right thing.  The BFG is kind as well – not like the other giants.  Young readers will enjoy the plot and silly language but it might scare the youngest ones so I’d recommend this for ages 10 and up.

David Williams does a fantastic job of narrating the audio version of The BFG.  There are sound effects, which kids will love even though they startled me more than once.  This book is being made into a movie that is scheduled to be released next year.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Penguin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


21 Comments leave one →
  1. May 29, 2015 6:39 am

    Aww, one of my favorite childhood reads. There was a movie as well, loved them both 🙂

  2. May 29, 2015 7:02 am

    My kids loved this book.

  3. May 29, 2015 7:36 am

    Roald Dahl was a big favorite of all three of my girls!

  4. May 29, 2015 7:59 am

    I loved reading this aloud to my 4th graders! It must be a great audio book, glad you enjoyed it.

  5. May 29, 2015 8:43 am

    I read this one summer to my boys/family, at the dinner table. I have no idea why I chose to read there, as I read while they ate and then…I had to eat all alone. BUT it was a great book. Maybe I’ll try the audio with my grandkids this summer.

  6. May 29, 2015 9:45 am

    This is one of my favorite children’s books of all time. I remember reading it to my youngest child and having the 2 older ones listening. Great book.

  7. May 29, 2015 10:34 am

    This sounds like a charming story by Roald Dahl!

  8. Patty permalink
    May 29, 2015 10:38 am

    Loved this one!

  9. May 29, 2015 11:41 am

    This sounds fantastic! We’ve been on a Roald Dahl kick and I have this audiobook on a list to listen to on trips this summer. I actually read way more kid books these days then adult books, but I have not been good at posting reviews of them all. I would like to update this as I know I always like finding new good books for the kids.

  10. May 29, 2015 12:04 pm

    What a cute book! I like that the giant is a good giant!

  11. May 29, 2015 3:38 pm

    Dahl always had some great books.

  12. Literary Feline permalink
    May 30, 2015 12:30 am

    I haven’t ever read anything by Dahl before. This is still a bit too much for my 4 year old right now, but one to keep in mind for when she’s older. She’s really into giants right now. On the way to and from her school there is a warehouse type building being constructed that she’s pretty much decided belongs to a family of giants. She hopes they are nice. LOL

  13. May 30, 2015 6:42 pm

    I read this one in middle school and I agree, very funny in parts but also a little scary. Dahl is like that for me, creeped me out as a kid!

  14. May 30, 2015 11:53 pm

    I’ve never read The BFG. Now I think it’s time to change that. Thanks!

  15. bookingmama permalink
    May 31, 2015 8:12 am

    Josh was part way through this one when the teacher collected all of the books! He was really liking it.

    • June 1, 2015 10:59 am

      Oh, no! That’s a terrible. Hopefully you’re able to get it from the library so he can finish it. It’s such a great book.

  16. The Cue Card permalink
    May 31, 2015 6:18 pm

    Excellent. I didn’t know they were making a movie of it. I’m a big Dahl fan!

  17. June 1, 2015 2:07 am

    I’ve never heard of this one before but it sounds wonderful especially in audio.

  18. June 1, 2015 10:56 am

    I loved all of the Roald Dahl books growing up. I should go back and listen to some of them on audio! Logan’s a little too young to enjoy them, but it’s definitely worth remembering for when he’s a little older.

  19. June 2, 2015 9:38 pm

    This is one Dahl I haven’t read yet – it sounds like it would be fun in audio.

  20. June 5, 2015 12:03 am

    Both my boys love Dahl but I’m not sure they’ve read this one. I’ll have to make sure they do!

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