Express Lane Review: The BFG by Roald Dah;

Welcome to my Express Lane Reviews, where I review a book quickly – with 7 points or less – so you can get on your way!

bfgThe BFG
Author: Roald Dahl
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Age Group: Children’s
Source: Library
Good Reads  |  Amazon
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary from Amazon:

Captured by a giant!

The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

Rating

4 out of 5

4 out of 5

My Thoughts

*so, I’m starting a new type of review on my blog called Express Lane Review.  The idea is that these types of reviews are quick (think express lanes in grocery stores), and each review will have 7 (or less) points.  Let me know if you like them, or if you have any advice.  I’ll still be doing my regular reviews, as well.  I just wanted to have some variety in my review structures*

Point One:  I love children’s literature, and one of my favorite authors has always been Roald Dahl.  Even with my very high expectations, The BFG did not let me down.

Point Two:  It’s very clear that Dahl understood children.  Sophie is an adorable little girl, but she isn’t a character that sits prettily, and does every she’s supposed to do.  Which made me love her all the more.  There’s more to Sophie than sugar and spice and everything nice.

Point Three:  The BFG cracked me up!  He’s so funny, and the voice that the narrator, David Williams, used for The BFG was perfect.  It actually reminded me a bit of Robbie Coltrane’s Hagrid.  The BFG doesn’t have the same characteristics as Hagrid, but sometimes he reminded me of him.  He’s big, and a really sweet guy, but he isn’t a pushover either.

Point Four:  One of my most favorite aspects of this book was the creative vocabulary used by the BFG.  It’s hilarious, and fun, and I couldn’t help but think that Dahl must have had a blast creating some of those words.  Words like “Ridonkulous,” for example, just cracked me up – partly because I’ve heard people use that word today.

Point Five:  You know what else I love about Roald Dahl – the kids always save the day!

Point Six:  Basically, if you haven’t ever experienced Roald Dahl – Sooner is better than later.  And although I always recommend Matilda first, The BFG is also a great one to start with.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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6 Responses to Express Lane Review: The BFG by Roald Dah;

  1. Elizabeth says:

    The BFG has always been, and will forever be not only my favourite Roald Dahl book, but one of my absolute favourite books in my childhood.

    And I like the express review idea!

  2. lipsyy says:

    Definitely one of my favourites!

  3. Jan says:

    Ah, the BFG! This brings back memories! Though Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory were my favourite ones!

  4. I love Roald Dahl, but I’ve never read The BFG. I’ll have to hunt it down soon. Love the express lane review idea!

  5. Katie says:

    It’s definitely time for me to rediscover this one!
    Express Lane Reviews is an awesome idea – keep it up!

  6. Bella says:

    I haven’t read this in quite a while! I will definitely need to revisit it. Lovely review!

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