8 Reasons Why You Should Read THE BFG by Roald Dahl

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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?

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2. Sophie

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!).

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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.

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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!

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5. Settings

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!

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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. ❤

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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!

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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.

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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!

Yours,

HOLLY

35 responses to “8 Reasons Why You Should Read THE BFG by Roald Dahl”

  1. Great post! I’ve found it deep and, yet, brief while arguing for it.

    One question, though, if you will. Would you say there’s a strong, personal bond between Sophie and the giant throughout the book? Based on your words, I’d say there is but I’d love to read your opinion.

    Congratulations and lotta thanks 😀

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    1. I definitely think there’s a strong bond between Sophie and the BFG, despite the briefness of their time together in the short novel. Sophie understands and accepts the BFG’s quirky ways, and in turn the BFG is a source of comfort and support for Sophie that she has lacked in the orphanage.

      What a great question! Thanks so much!

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      1. That’s exactly what my question was about -and what your post led me to wonder. I know which my next novel is going to be once I finish my current one. Thank you very much and keep on! 😀

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    Georgiana Darcy

    Indeed, the cutest thing ever 😍

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  3. Ramona Contreras Avatar
    Ramona Contreras

    I will definitely pick this up at my local library during my next visit! Thanks for sharing this!

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  4. AWW! I have been planning to go watch the movie and I was wondering if I should read the book but now I think I will 😛

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    1. I highly recommend it– it’s such a fun read 🙂 I still need to go see the movie!

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  5. Sounds lovely! I’ve never read a Roald Dahl, but the BFG sounds like a good place to start. Thanks for highlighting it! 🙂

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    1. Never read a Roald Dahl?! Definitely do! His books are absolutely fantastic! ❤

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      1. Yes, I think it’s time! 🙂

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  6. Those were all such great reasons and really convincing ones too! Do you think you will watch the movie when it comes out?

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    1. I’m really hoping I get a chance to! The movie looks fantastic. Fingers crossed 🙂

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  7. Ahh I used to love this book when I was younger!

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    1. It’s so good to hear that other people loved this as well! ❤

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  8. I love this book! And can’t wait for the movie to come out… However, now that you mention the ending, I suddenly can’t remember it. An excuse for me to read it again I guess :p

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    1. Exactly, another reason to reread it 🙂

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  9. I haven’t read The BFG yet but I love Roald Dahl, and these illustrations are to die for. So cute! And I love the word whizpopping. 😛

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    1. I adore Dahl’s made up words– they’re so fun, and authors don’t do it nearly enough nowadays! 🙂

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  10. Hi Holly, this is one of my favourite books 🙂 Thanks for sharing –Sam

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    1. Glad to know I’m not the only one who loves this book! ❤

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  11. My teacher in grade 3 read it aloud to us! I don’t remember much at all about it, but I do remember enjoying the times she’d read it

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    1. It’s such a great read-aloud book. I loved it when my teacher read it to us, especially when she did a funny voice for the BFG 🙂

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  12. All wonderful reasons to read it Holly! 😀 Great post!

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  13. I agree with everything!! I love BFG. I have always tried to imagine what frobscottle would taste like

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    1. Someone should develop a recipe for frobscottle– I would love to taste it!

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  14. Love it😀

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  16. Michael Couchaman Avatar
    Michael Couchaman

    This book is the best. my grade 3 teacher used to read it to us and we did it in novel study

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    1. I love it so much!! ❤

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    Charlie Ellison

    I love this book! It taught me so much!

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