24 October 2011
Book Review: The BFG
Author: Roald Dahl
Publisher/Year: Scholastic / 1982
Date Finished: 23 October 2011
Source/Format: Auction / Print
Book #: 81
Buy | Borrow | Accept | Avoid
The Short and Sweet of It
One night, restless, Sophie looks out her window to see a huge giant puttering around outside children's window. Her spying discovered, the giant makes off with her to keep his secret. Luckily, he is The Big Friendly Giant, a snozzcumber-eating nice guy very unlike his human-bean-eating relatives. Now Sophie and the BFG must save the world's children from being eaten!
A Bit of a Ramble
I am honestly not so sure about this one, but I think I would have adored it as a child. The action is quick and interesting, Sophie's a likeable protagonist, and the BFG is wonderfully unique. As an adult, I appreciate the whimsy, but I found it quite easy to set the book aside for extended amounts of time - and I must admit to a wee bit of skimming from time to time.
The illustrations are wonderful. The artist, Quentin Blake, creates images with the perfect amount of detail:
While I skipped over a lot of middle grade fiction like this as a child, I don't think it's in my best interest to go back and catch up (an idea I had for a short period of time). I do, however, want to at least hit the biggies, so if you have any must-read suggestions, let me know!
Question: Any other Roald Dahl books I should check out?