"A house without books is like a room without windows." -Horace Mann
Sunday, August 22, 2010
by Roald Dahl
The BFG is a Big Friendly Giant who whisks a little girl away from an orphanage one night, after she catches him blowing dreams into the rooms of other children. In typical Roald Dahl fashion, this book is filled with humor that is just a little dark, a fantastic chain of events, heartwarming friendships, and justice for the bad guys. The author has a vivid and quirky imagination which all children will enjoy. I also like that he doesn't always ignore the darker side of life. He himself had a rather dismal childhood in the time when English children were sent to boarding schools. This upbringing obviously colored his writing, which you can also read more about in his autobiography called "Boy".
This was the first of Dahl's books that my mom read to me when we were growing up, so it will always be my favorite. We also enjoyed reading some of his other books together, such as Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Danny the Champion of the World, The Witches, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Read this one before someone attempts to make a bad movie out of it.