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The BFG
by Roald Dahl

Author: Roald Dahl

I've just read the BFG after the release of the film and thought it was a really cool book.

My favourite characters are Sophie, the Big Friendly Giant and the Queen of England. Sophie is an 8 year old orphan. One night the BFG pays her a visit, catching her by surprise. He takes her out of her Orphanage and back to his mountain lair. The BFG and Sophie become good friends, stopping evil giants and other things and some how the Queen of England finds out leading to other exciting adventures. You need to read the BFG for yourself to find out what happens next.

My favourite part is when Sophie is in the BFG's lair and he thinks he's going to eat her but then she tells him that just because you're a giant does not mean you are going to eat someone. I loved the fact that they became firm friends from this point on, highlighting that the most unlikely people can form friendships. I also found it funny when the BFG talked rubbish. His speech is all mixed up and I didn't fully understand and I'm not sure Sophie could understand it either.

When the other giants realise that a human is there, they want to eat her. They say they're going to crunch her to bits and it's all a tiny bit disturbing, however this doesn't happen and overall the story makes me feel warm and happy because it shows that it isn't only humans that are kind, sometimes unlikely beings can have great, big hearts and help others. I also found the story humorous, particularly when Roald Dahl described how the BFG ran to his lair with Sophie with really good vocabulary used.

This story made me think of Alice in Wonderland, a story I have read that I have enjoyed, where she goes to a different land and makes friends and enemies. I also found similarities with David Walliams, another great author, in Dahl's description and naming of characters. I like the fact that you can kind of tell whether a character is good or bad just from their name.

I would recommend this book for 7-12 year-olds and I would rate this book a 9 out of 10, a must read! If you've not read The BFG, make sure you do.

Daniel Mulley (10)