Roald Dahl’s The BFG was one of my absolute favorite books when I was younger. My fourth and fifth grade teacher read it aloud to us both years and I was enchanted by the heartwarming, magical story. I desperately wished that a Big Friendly Giant would scoop me up in the middle of the night– as long as it brought me home safely, of course!
After recently rereading The BFG, I’ve been filled with an overwhelming love for this childhood favorite of mine. In an effort to persuade you to pick up this spectacular little book, here are 8 Reasons Why You Should Read The BFG:
1. The BFG Himself
The BFG certainly lives up to his abbreviated name: he’s kind, caring, and incredibly thoughtful. He’s smart in his own way and isn’t afraid to stand up for what he believes in. Plus, he’s hilarious! Who wouldn’t want to be friends with this jolly giant?
Sophie is such a sweet, witty, smart protagonist. She’s mature for her age but still has that lovable childhood innocence about her. I wanted to be Sophie’s best friend when I was younger (and to be honest, I still do!).
3. The Plot is WILD!
Man-eating giants, jars upon jars of dreams, and breakfast with the Queen of England– what more could you want? Everything about this unique story is unexpected, but it somehow goes together perfectly.
4. Made-Up Words
Snozzcumbers, frobscottle, and whizpopping, anyone? The BFG uses a plethora of hilarious words that always make me chuckle. If only our everyday vocabulary was as fun as his!
From the BFG’s cave and the land of dreams to Buckingham Palace, this story takes the reader on a wild adventure to many different places– and all by traveling in the enormous ear of the BFG. What a way to get around!
6. Lovely Illustrations
I absolutely adore the illustrations in this book. Just look at the BFG. Isn’t he the cutest thing ever?! AND THOSE EARS. ❤
7. Life Lessons
As with any good children’s book (or book in general), The BFG teaches many valuable life lessons. One of my favorites is when the BFG discusses the senselessness of violence, the way humans frequently kill each other but other species rarely do. It also teaches kindness, compassion, empathy, and emphasizes celebrating and loving our differences. This story sure packs a powerful punch!
8. The Clever Ending
I’m a sucker for a clever ending, and The BFG is probably what started it all for me. I won’t spoil it for you, but let’s just say that I love when books end like this! It’s simple, but it always takes me by surprise and brings a smile to my face.
The BFG is and always will be one of my favorite children’s books. I highly recommend giving this Big Friendly Giant a chance. You won’t be disappointed!
What was your favorite book when you were younger? What do you think of The BFG? Have any other Roald Dahl recommendations? Let me know in the comments section below!