Title: The B.F.G.
Author: Roald Dahl
Page Count/Review Word Count: 216
The B.F.G. is one of several of Roald Dahl ‘s novels to be treated to a silver screen adaptation, but as enjoyable as the movie is, it has nothing on the book. It’s quite frankly amazing how vivid Dahl’s writing can be – when you read it, it’s like you’re really there in the cave with Sophie and the B.F.G. as he mixes together his collection of bottled dreams to come up with a special plan.
Along the way, you’ll meet nine unfriendly giants with an appetite for human flesh, as well as the queen, the army and a variety of other ‘human beans‘. Roald Dahl’s trademarked playfulness comes across strongly in his experimentation with the human language, too – in fact, he even gave this bizarre way of speaking a name: Gobblefunk!
When I was younger, I used to love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and George’s Marvellous Medicine, but The B.F.G. somehow passed me by. I wish it hadn’t – it’s the sort of magical story that will stay with you forever, whether you read it as a child or as an adult. It’s just that the magic is a little bit more alive when you’re a youngster.