The BFG by Roald Dahl with illustrations by Quentin Blake
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
Publication Date: 1982
From the coer flap:
It was the BFG-the Big Friendly Giant-who kidnaps Sophie from her bed in the orphanage and takes her back to Giantland with him lest she tell everyone that she has seen a giant. There she meets nine other Giants, Fleshlumpeater, Bonecrusher, Gizzardgulper, Bloodbottler-a whole beastly crew-all much bigger than the BFG, and much, much meaner. Every night the BFG catches dreams in a long-handled net and blows the good ones into little children’s minds as they sleep, while the other Giants are busy racing off to various parts of the world to eat “human beans.” How the BFG and Sophie conspire to put an end to the loathsome activities of the other Giants is a marvelously original and funny story.
I was in college when this was published so I was out of the target age range and for some reason never was around kids who were reading it. When I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie I decided that I needed to read the book.
Oh this was just delightful. I loved the story. I loved the wordplay. I can see how this one would appeal to both kids and adults. I want to see the movie.
Quentin Blake’s illustrations are wonderful – he even made the Queen look just enough like Queen Elizabeth to make it fun.
I think the idea of a friendly giant capturing dreams and blowing them in through windows is absolutely wonderful.