The BFG by Roald DahlThe BFG by Roald Dahl


byRoald Dahl

Hardcover | November 2, 1993

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Roald Dahl's beloved novel hits the big screen in July 2016 in a major motion picture adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg from Amblin Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures.

When Sophie is snatched from her orphanage bed by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), she fears she will be eaten. But instead the two join forces to vanquish the nine other far less gentle giants who threaten to consume earth’s children. This beautiful hardcover gift edition of Dahl's classic features the original illustrations by Quentin Blake, as well as a silk ribbon marker, acid-free paper, gilt stamping on a full-cloth cover, decorative endpapers, and a sewn binding.

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Llandaff, South Wales, and went to Repton School in England. His parents were Norwegian, so holidays were spent in Norway. As he explains in Boy, he turned down the idea of university in favor of a job that would take him to 'a wonderful faraway place'. In 1933 he joined the Shell Company, which sent ...
Title:The BFGFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.31 × 6.36 × 0.82 inPublished:November 2, 1993Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0679428135

ISBN - 13:9780679428138

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful To this day, this book is one of the most magical I have ever read.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing The best childrens book ever! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I love the book. So well done. Great characters. Great kids' book
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE This book was a huge part of my childhood, I can't wait until my son is a little older
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes! A must read children's book - and as an adult I don't mind it either! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it My favourite book as a child
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nostalgia A wonderful story! always been a favorite!
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This is my favourite children's book of all time
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All-time Favourite This was my favourite children's book growing up, and I still revisit it time to time in my adulthood - and it is still as whimsical as the first time I read it.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I was thrilled when I saw Chapters carries the hardcover orange version of the book I had as a child, it's sturdy, really well made, and makes for a beautiful addition to my library.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best children's book of all time! Loved it when I was younger and loved it again now as an adult feeling a little nostalgic!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The BFG I was very little when I got this book as a christmas present. So when I read it I was scared that some giant was going to eat me! But in the book they were thrown in a pit and of course it's fiction so I stoped being scared of The Bloodbottler, The Gizzardgulper, The Meatdripper, The Childchewer, The Fleshlumpeater, The Bonecruncher, The Manhugger, The Maidmasher, and The Butcher Boy.This why I say 3 stars.
Date published: 2015-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The bfg I like this book because its funny and intresting and,i little bit sceary and i loved this book lol@
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The BFG A funny book lots of characters such as:Sopie the hero The bfg a good giant and the bad giants I will try to remember 3 of them :) bloodbottler maidmasher gizzertgullper also there are weird like srumdiddleumshs.hope you like the book!!!!
Date published: 2015-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The bfg A girl is taken from her bed The bfg takes her to his cave And introduced you to snozcumbers They go on an adventure To see the queen They go and capture the bad giants They dig a big hole The queen makes a ginormas house for the Big freindly giant
Date published: 2014-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BFG Loved it as much as i did as a kid.
Date published: 2014-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Angry and nice It was perfect
Date published: 2014-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Angry and nice Very interesting and amazing and very exciting book to read. Every page you flip is exciting everyone should read this amazing book!!!
Date published: 2014-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I read this and it's totally awesome I love this book. The words are funny like wizzpopping.
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BFG The BFG is an AWESOME book not just for kids, for adults too! You should read it today!
Date published: 2013-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Roald Dahl's best The BFG by Roald Dahl is one of his best children's books that neither taught bad lessons, nor was uninteresting for adults. There were many interesting concepts about dreams being caught and giants living secretly among humans. There wasn't many repetitive sentences, there was humour in the descriptions, and a shocking ending. The beginning of the novel is extremely interesting that it makes you want to know more. If an adult enjoyed this children's book, then children will definitely enjoy The BFG! The BFG begins when Sophie, an orphan, awakes in what she believes is The Witching Hour, when everything is so quiet that is seems like the whole world is asleep. She looks outside and sees a huge giant, 24 feet tall, peeking into the neighbours’ houses. She is terrified, but is unable to scream. The giant spots her, and notices that she has seen him, so he takes her from her bedroom to his own country. Learn the secrets of the giants and the dangers they bring to humans. 4.5/5
Date published: 2008-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A childhood favourite passed on again and again... I loved this tale as a child, and Dahl is loved by my niece and nephew today. This tale, wittily told as all Dahl tales are, is the story of orphaned Sophie, who is snatched up by a giant, and figures she's going to get bone crunched. But this giant is the BFG - the Big Friendly Giant - and the two of them working together might just be enough to stop the rest of the nasty giants from bone-crunching their way into a childless world. Joyfully illustrated and hilarious to read aloud, this one is sure to delight everyone.
Date published: 2008-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much fun!!! Sophie, a young orphaned girl, looks out her window one night to see a great big giant with an instrument that looks like a trumpet, blowing stuff into other windows on her street. Scared, she goes back to her bed but this giant has huge ears and can hear anything and he picks her up and takes her back to his cave. This isn't a scary giant though, this is the Big Friendly Giant (BFG, which I'll admit, I entertained for a while was a different F word!). When Sophie learns of the nasty other giants that eat children, she and the BFG come up with a grand scheme to stop the giants before they hurt anyone else. This book is so cute and the illustrations add nicely to the story. Although I enjoy how the BFG talks (which is in improper grammar), this could be confusing for a child who you would read the book to. But the book promotes education, which is great. It's also quite a good story of good vs bad. Most importantly, it's a fun book!
Date published: 2007-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BFG The Bfg is an amazing book I really enjoyed this book alot. My fav part of this book was the part when Sophie (main character) was reading the dreams that the giant had caught (the giant cathches dreams unlike his disgusting neighboors that eat peaple.) When Sophie finds out there off to England she has to put an end to giants eating peaple. How you ask??? read the book and find out!! This book is amazing I highly suggest it to all readers!!!
Date published: 2001-05-12

Read from the Book

The Witching Hour   Sophie couldn't sleep.   A brilliant moonbeam was slanting through a gap in the curtains. It was shining right on to her pillow.   The other children in the dormitory had been asleep for hours.   Sophie closed her eyes and lay quite still. She tried very hard to doze off.   It was no good. The moonbeam was like a silver blade slicing through the room onto her face.   The house was absolutely silent. No voices came up from downstairs. There were no footsteps on the floor above either.   The window behind the curtain was wide open, but nobody was walking on the pavement outside. No cars went by on the street. Not the tiniest sound could be heard anywhere. Sophie had never known such a silence.   Perhaps, she told herself, this was what they called the witching hour.   The witching hour, somebody had once whispered to her, was a special moment in the middle of the night when every child and every grown-up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had the world to themselves.   ***   The moonbeam was brighter than ever on Sophie's pillow. She decided to get out of bed and close the gap in the curtains.   You got punished if you were caught out of bed after lights-out. Even if you said you had to go to the lavatory, that was not accepted as an excuse and they punished you just the same. But there was no one about now, Sophie was sure of that.   She reached out for her glasses that lay on the chair beside her bed. They had steel rims and very thick lenses, and she could hardly see a thing without them. She put them on, then she slipped out of bed and tiptoed over to the window.   When she reached the curtains, Sophie hesitated. She longed to duck underneath them and lean out of the window to see what the world looked like now that the witching hour was at hand.   She listened again. Everywhere it was deathly still.   The longing to look out became so strong she couldn't resist it. Quickly, she ducked under the curtains and leaned out of the window.   In the silvery moonlight, the village street she knew so well seemed completely different. The houses looked bent and crooked, like houses in a fairy tale. Everything was pale and ghostly and milky-white.   Across the road, she could see Mrs Rance's shop, where you bought buttons and wool and bits of elastic. It didn't look real. There was something dim and misty about that too.   Sophie allowed her eye to travel further and further down the street.   Suddenly she froze. There was something coming up the street on the opposite side.   It was something black . . .   Something tall and black . . .   Something very tall and very black and very thin.   Who? It wasn't a human. It couldn't be. It was four times as tall as the tallest human. It was so tall its head was higher than the upstairs windows of the houses. Sophie opened her mouth to scream, but no sound came out. Her throat, like her whole body, was frozen with fright.   This was the witching hour all right.   The tall black figure was coming her way. It was keeping very close to the houses across the street, hiding in the shadowy places where there was no moonlight.   On and on it came, nearer and nearer. But it was moving in spurts. It would stop, then it would move on, then it would stop again.   But what on earth was it doing?   Ah-ha! Sophie could see now what it was up to. It was stopping in front of each house. It would stop and peer into the upstairs window of each house in the street. It actually had to bend down to peer into the upstairs windows. That's how tall it was.   It would stop and peer in. Then it would slide on to the next house and stop again, and peer in, and so on all along the street.   It was much closer now and Sophie could see it more clearly.   Looking at it carefully, she decided it had to be some kind of PERSON. Obviously it was not a human. But it was definitely a PERSON.   A GIANT PERSON, perhaps.   Sophie stared hard across the misty moonlit street. The Giant (if that was what he was) was wearing a long BLACK CLOAK.   In one hand he was holding what looked like a VERY LONG, THIN TRUMPET.   In the other hand, he held a LARGE SUITCASE.   The Giant had stopped now right in front of Mr and Mrs Goochey's house. The Goocheys had a greengrocer's shop in the middle of the High Street, and the family lived above the shop. The two Goochey children slept in the upstairs front room, Sophie knew that.   The Giant was peering through the window into the room where Michael and Jane Goochey were sleeping. From across the street, Sophie watched and held her breath.   ***   She saw the Giant step back a pace and put the suitcase down on the pavement. He bent over and opened the suitcase. He took something out of it. It looked like a glass jar, one of those square ones with a screw top. He unscrewed the top of the jar and poured what was in it into the end of the long trumpet thing.   Sophie watched, trembling.   She saw the Giant straighten up again and she saw him poke the trumpet in through the open upstairs window of the room where the Coochey children were sleeping. She saw the Giant take a deep breath and whoof, he blew through the trumpet.   No noise came out, but it was obvious to Sophie that whatever had been in the jar had now been blown through the trumpet into the Coochey children's bedroom.   What could it be?   As the Giant withdrew the trumpet from the window and bent down to pick up the suitcase, he happened to turn his head and glance across the street.   In the moonlight, Sophie caught a glimpse of an enormous long pale wrinkly face with huge ears. The nose was as sharp as a knife, and above the nose there were two bright flashing eyes, and the eyes were staring straight at Sophie. There was a fierce and devilish look about them.   Sophie gave a yelp and pulled back from the window. She flew across the dormitory and jumped into her bed and hid under the blanket.   And there she crouched, still as a mouse, and tingling all over.   The Snatch   Under the blanket, Sophie waited.   After a minute or so, she lifted a corner of the blanket and peeped out.   For the second time that night her blood froze to ice and she wanted to scream, but no sound came out. There at the window, with the curtains pushed aside, was the enormous long pale wrinkly face of the Giant Person, staring in. The flashing black eyes were fixed on Sophie's bed.   The next moment, a huge hand with pale fingers came snaking in through the window. This was followed by an arm, an arm as thick as a tree-trunk, and the arm, the hand, the fingers were reaching out across the room towards Sophie's bed.     This time Sophie really did scream, but only for a second because very quickly the huge hand clamped down over her blanket and the scream was smothered by the bedclothes.   Sophie, crouching underneath the blanket, felt strong fingers grasping hold of her, and then she was lifted up from her bed, blanket and all, and whisked out of the window.   ***   If you can think of anything more terrifying than that happening to you in the middle of the night, then let's hear about it.   The awful thing was that Sophie knew exactly what was going on although she couldn't see it happening. She knew that a Monster (or Giant) with an enormous long pale wrinkly face and dangerous eyes had plucked her from her bed in the middle of the witching hour and was now carrying her out through the window smothered in a blanket.   What actually happened next was this. When the Giant had got Sophie outside, he arranged the blanket so that he could grasp all the four corners of it at once in one of his huge hands, with Sophie imprisoned inside. In the other hand he seized the suitcase and the long trumpet thing and off he ran.   ***   Sophie, by squirming around inside the blanket, managed to push the top of her head out through a little gap just below the Giant's hand. She stared around her.   She saw the village houses rushing by on both sides. The Giant was sprinting down the High Street. He was running so fast his black cloak was streaming out behind him like the wings of a bird. Each stride he took was as long as a tennis court. Out of the village he ran, and soon they were racing across the moonlit fields. The hedges dividing the fields were no problem to the Giant. He simply strode over them. A wide river appeared in his path. He crossed it in one flying stride.   Sophie crouched in the blanket, peering out. She was being bumped against the Giant's leg like a sack of potatoes. Over the fields and hedges and rivers they went, and after a while a frightening thought carne into Sophie's head. The Giant is running fast, she told herself, because he is hungry and he wants to get home as quickly as possible, and then he'll have me for breakfast.

From Our Editors

Kidsnatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants