The BFG – by Roald Dahl

20 08 2016

This is a very strange book. It’s also a very good book!

The first thing you notice is easily the language. The BFG never went to school, and so can’t speak properly; it’s a mixture of grammatical mess (lots of “you is”, “I is”, etc), using the wrong words, and using words that aren’t words at all! To mark Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday this year they’ve released a dictionary of all the vocabulary he created, and I think that most of it must come from the BFG – he’s incredible with language, quite the wordsmith!

Sophie wakes up one night and sees a giant walking down the street. He spots that she’s awake and so grabs her out of bed in the orphanage so she can’t tell others, but it turns out he’s harmless, lovely in fact, and they start to form a plan to save the world from the giants that are dangerous, going out and eating children every night!

We meet the Queen in this book too, I mean, what more could you want from a piece of literature?!

I’ve picked out some of my favourite quotes

“Obviously it was not a human. But it was definitely a person.”

“‘The matter with human beans is that they absolutely refusing to believe in anything unless they is seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles.'”

“‘I do not approve of murder,’ the Queen said”

“‘That’s why they always put two blank pages at the back of the atlas. They’re for new countries. You’re meant to fill them in yourself.”

the bfg

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