Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG by Roald Dahl is the story of an orphan who goes on an unexpected giant adventure.

One night, when Sophie can't sleep, she goes and looks out the window -- even though she knows she will get in trouble for being out of bed if the orphanage matron catches her. On the dark street, she sees a humongous figure doing something mysterious with a trumpet-like instrument and a suitcase. When his gaze turns toward her window, she leaps back into bed, but it is too late: an enormous hand reaches in and snatches her. Fortunately, Sophie has been captured, not by a man-eating giant, but by the Big Friendly Giant (BFG) who eats only disgusting snozzcumbers and spends his time catching good dreams and sending them to children around the world. There are some nasty giants, though, and they do eat people regularly. The BFG would like to stop them, but it takes him and Sophie working together to come up with a plan.

I didn't like this one quite as much as Matilda, but it was all right. It has definite kid appeal, with the wild plot and a few touches of gross humor. Maybe if I had read this as a kid, I would have liked it -- but I think I waited too long to truly appreciate it.

(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)

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