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The Bfg

Written by Roald Dahl
Published by Puffin Books
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From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda!

The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

What Kind of Book is The Bfg

Quotes from The Bfg

  • “ I is a dream-blowing giant,” the BFG said. “When all the other giants is galloping off every what way and which to swollop human beans, I is scuddling away to other places tp blow dreams into the heads of sleeping children. Nice dreams. Lovely golden dreams.”
  • “Words,” he said, “is oh such a twitch-tickling problem to me all my life.”
  • “Meanings is not important, said the BFG. I cannot be right all the time. Quite often I is left instead of right.”
  • “So the music is saying something to them. It is sending a message. I do not think the human beans is knowing what that message is, but they is loving it just the same.”
  • “Dreams is full of mystery and magic . . . . Do not try to understand them.”

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • The BFG had many ideas about humans. Which seem to be the truest (from your human point of view), and why?

  • If the BFG hadn’t taken Sophie, what might her life have been like?

  • How might the real British government have reacted to news of child-killing giants?

  • Why do you think Roald Dahl decided to make the BFG speak the way he does? What role does language play in the story?

  • Why do you think Roald Dahl made Sophie an orphan?

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Who Wrote The Bfg

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site:

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