When it comes to the classic stories that teach “Not judging a book by its cover” or “People aren’t always what they seem”, The BFG by Roald Dahl should be at the top of the list. With creative wit, a clever story line that is both exciting and scary, and lovable characters, Dahl has created a compelling novel that captivates the attention of young and old alike, as well as teaches an important life lesson. Part of Dahl’s creativity comes out in made up words, used by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), which might make this book a little hard for younger readers to read on their own. However, it is a wonderful book to read out loud and leads to much laughter over how to say these made up words.
In The BFG, the orphan Sophie is taken on an unexpected adventure which leads to a wonderful new friendship and a chance to change the world. From overcoming fears to problem solving, love and dedication to ingenuity and love for humanity, The BFG is more than just a clever story of ridding the world of people-eating giants. It is a novel that will stay with you. The BFG is certainly one novel that should be on you and your child’s Must Read Lists.
Violence/Gore: Character kidnapped from her bedroom; character frets about being eaten by a giant (2 times); names of other giants mentioned frequently throughout the book that imply violence (Bonecruncher, Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater, Manhugger, Childchewer, Meatdripper, Gizzardgulper, Maidmasher, Butcher Boy); frequent mention of giants going off to eat people (14); secondhand account of being put in a cellar with rats as a form of punishment; giant grabs another giant by the arm and pushes him around; giant unintentionally takes a bite of something that includes a human and then spits it out; giant grabs another giant by the hair to detain him; giants toss another giant around like a ball; giants throw rocks at another giant; conversation between two characters how humans are the only ones that kill their own kind; as a result of a bad dream several of the giants end up in a brawl of kicking, punching, pounding, stepping on each other; newspaper account mentioned of children missing and bones being found; mention of people in another country that chop off people’s heads as a form of punishment; people talk about how they want to kill the giants; giant grabs a man with the intention of eating him; character stabs a giant with the pin of a brooch; mention of the crunching of bones after 3 men fell into the giant pit
Mature Subject Matter:
Death of parents/Orphan.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Mention of a few men that had drunk too many beers which led to making a deadly choice.