Afternoon Bookworms, Todays review is all about that classic childrens novel, The BFG by Roald Dahl. I loved this story as a child and have recently had a renewed interest in it since the announcement of the up and coming film remake. Grab a cuppa and enjoy the review.
Title: The BFG
Author: Roald Dahl
Published by: Puffin
Little Sophie is captured by a giant! Luckily for her though, this giant is not the typical bone crushing one that eats little children. Had she been kidnapped by any other giant like Bonecrusher or Bloodbottler, she most certainly would not have survived.
The BFG on the other hand is a dream giant. Together he and Sophie must save the children of England and prevent them from becoming some giants next breakfast.
The BFG has always been a childhood favourite of mine. Since hearing that a new movie is about to be released, I simply had to dig out my copy and relive the tale all over again. Its a story that has a fairy tale feel to it and a feel good factor. You can read the story safe in the knowledge that you know there will be a happy ending.
One of our main protagonists is little Sophie. I immediately warmed to Sophie. She is an orphan, stuck inside a not so nice orphanage. On first meeting her, you can tell that she is a dreamer. She’s sat on the windowsill one night peering out into the dark street. I almost getting the feeling that she is longing or wishing for something to happen. I was unsure whether she is planning to escape or just hoping to be some place else.
Shes a brave young girl. She doesn’t make a sound when she is plucked from her window in the middle of the night by non other then a giant. She accepts that she is in giant country and tries to understand the BFG rather then sitting sobbing to go back to the orphanage.
Her kindness shines through. She listens to the struggles the BFG goes through. As he doesn’t eat children he is bullied and tormented by the other giants. Sophie tries t find ways to make his life better and cheer him up. In one scene the BFG describes the snozzcumbers that are plentiful in giant country but don’t taste very nice. Sophie suggests taking some vegetables when he visits England in order for him to have some nicer food. She looks for little things that might make his life better. Her kindness extends even further when she hatches a plan with the BFG to her save the children of England from being eaten by the nasty giants.
Our other main protagonist is of course the BFG. I see him as a sort of father figure to Sophie. He looks after her and teaches her about the dreams he creates for the children. He shows Sophie that even the simple things in life can be fun. One scene we see them both drinking the very fizzy giant drink, Frobscottle. The bubbles cause wind down below and so we see them whizzing round the room after letting off wind. The BFG refers to it as a whizzpopper.
The host of other characters really emphasise how different the BFG is. The other giants in particular have gruesome names and are described as enjoying crushing the bones of and eating children.
I feel that the BFG and Sophie are both very similar. They both don’t have a family of their own and are both effectively trapped in places they don’t really want to be. The humans are unkind to Sophie and the giants are unkind to the BFG.
The use of creative made up words works really well throughout the novel. Its effective in the sense that it helps distinguish between the two different worlds. It also adds to the fantasy type element and theme of the book.
I really enjoyed the story as a whole. Its a typical good conquers and triumphs over evil. Its also, I think a story about acceptance and being accepted even though you may look different. The BFG clearly stands out in England but is soon made to feel welcome by all. Like all good children’s stories, the BFG has a happy ending. I was pleased about this as I was so keen for Sophie and the BFG to finally find happiness and somewhere thy feel they belong.
Overall the BFG is a classic children’s book which can be enjoyed by both children and adults. Its a timeless novel that will be loved for years and years to come. It’s a book that you can dive back into and instantly be transported back to your childhood days.
With the movie coming out next month, I’d love to hear what you all think of it and how it compares to the book. Does it live up to your exceptions and imagination of what you think the characters are like?
Finally, what other Roald Dahl books do you like?
I’m giving the BFG 5 bookworms out of 5.