Standalone. Puffin Books (2001) Library
Captured by a giant! 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, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast.
When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in 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!
Since the Disney trailer of The BFG has come out, I've been enticed to read the original by the infamous Roald Dahl. I've read a lot by Roald Dahl: James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, and the one and only Matilda! Now it was time to try my hand on a story about a big friendly giant and an orphan girl. I had such high hopes, but like all Roald Dahl books - I always enjoy the movie more. *Sigh*
This was actually the only Dahl book that I thought was just okay. I was so disappointed that I caught myself skimming while reading The BFG. Skimming! That can only be good if you are dying to know what happens next but I was trying to find a good part.
Everything starts off really well. I love how Sophie and the BFG are introduced to each other. It was the magic I was hoping for. But apparently I'm having a thing with accents lately but the way he talked bothered me. The thing with The BFG, is that he speaks very poorly and says words to things he would only know. I couldn't get over it. The story is also just pretty simple. There is a problem with the giants and they have to find a plan to solve it. If I was younger I could see this being a rather scary read with all these giants snatching people up and eating them, however I didn't fell the terror. Except I did feel the magic of the story in the beginning and when the dreams were being caught. The idea that the BFG catches dreams was the most interesting part of The BFG. I made sure to pay attention and read those pages carefully because I was so enraptured by the thought of a giant catching dreams and giving them away. I felt like a little kid again.
I think this was a case of me being too old for this book. I do think the movie will be quite enjoyable. At times, movies can be better than the book (I know it's blasphemy to say this but it's true).