Dahl classic continues to charm

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The BFG by Roald Dahl is such a great book! "THE BFG illustration © Quentin Blake"

Book review  by Anna Salmon, aged 7 years old

One of my favourite books is The BFG by Roald Dahl. It’s about a giant who is different from all the other giants. While they eat humans, he is nice and gentle and he blows dreams into children’s bedrooms through their windows at night so that they will have happy dreams.

It’s also about a little girl called Sophie, who woke up one night and saw him. The BFG decided he had to take her back to his cave in case she told everyone in her orphanage that she had seen a giant, and then the news would splash all over the world. He preferred to stay hidden away from humans. Sophie feels ok about this because she likes being with the BFG more than being in the orphanage.

Sophie and the giant have lots of fun together. They drink frobscottle, which makes them fly up in the air and tastes delicious – like vanilla and cream and raspberries, all put together! The BFG speaks a strange language with words like razztwizzler and scrotty. Sometimes we have to try to work out what they mean and sometimes they are his own BFG versions of human words, like calling the Queen “Your Majester” and himself “your humbug servant”. I like these odd words because they’re fun, especially if you are reading the story out loud or someone is reading it to you.

The BFG by Roald Dahl Credit@Puffin books

The BFG by Roald Dahl
Credit@ Puffin books

The other giants are called things like the Fleshlumpeater and the Bonecruncher, which tells us what they are like. Sophie and the BFG decide that they need to rescue people from the giants. They do this by sending a message to the Queen of England, however the only way they can think of to get her to listen to them is to use the BFG’s dreams. Since the BFG is good at mixing dreams, which he catches in the Dream Country and keeps in jars ready to make different kinds of dream, they decide to give the Queen a dream about the giants and what they do. To do this, the BFG shows Sophie how he mixes dreams. The colour of them, if they’re good dreams, is a lovely sea-green, and each dream looks like a blob which goes in and out slightly as if it were breathing. They’re made of “zozimus”. Other dreams are very dark blue and thrash around in the jar. The message they have to send to the Queen has to tell her about the other giants, and what to do about them.  The dream’s instructions for the Queen start with finding a little girl sitting on her windowsill when she wakes up, who will tell her about the giants and what to do.

Of course that little girl is Sophie and she and the BFG have a plan…

I like this book because it is funny. I think children my age and over would like it. However younger children might prefer to read it with a grown-up, because of the giants and some of the strange words.

Whats your favorite book and why?

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