The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG by Roald Dahl The BFG by Roald Dahl This is one of my 9 year old’s favorite books. The BFG has terrible grammar and misuses lots of funny words, some completely made-up and others are just used in the wrong context. I think this would be a great read-aloud book for ages 6 and up. The BFG is also mentioned in Roald Dahl’s Danny, The Champion of the World.

My Mom-Meter gives this particular book an overall safety rating of 1 (Safe) for ages 7 and up.

Wikipedia has a good synopsis of the book here.

Here are the potential moral issues parents might wish to talk with their kids about:

  • Sophie is an orphan, living in a very strict orphanage.
  • She sees the Big Friendly Giant during the witching hour.
  • It is pretty scary when the BFG reaches into Sophie’s room and grabs her out of her bed.
  • The other giants eat humans, and they have very scary names like the Childchewer and the Bloodbottler.
  • The other giants all have certain countries that they prefer to eat, but none of them like to eat Greeks because they taste “greasy.” There are several references that might be considered racist. The Sultan of Baghdad says that his country is chopping off people’s heads like others chop parsley.
  • Giants enjoy “whizzpopping,” which is passing gas.
  • The BFG points out to Sophie that humans are the only creatures that kill each other, even giants don’t kill each other. Potential Discussion Point: Why do people kill each other?
  • The BFG gives a nightmare to one of the giants, which leads to a fight among all the other giants.
  • The Queen of England refuses to attack the 9 giants because “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” Potential Discussion Point: Was it wise for the Queen to choose to spare the giants’ lives? Do two wrongs make a right?
  • The Head of the Air Force says “darn right” and calls a desert “godforsaken.”
  • Three men, “who had drunk too much beer for lunch,” accidently fall into a pit and are eaten by the other giants.

From a kid’s perspective: “I think that children ages 5 to 10 that like humorous things would enjoy this book. I give it 5 stars out of 5 stars.”

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  1. Thank you so much for writing this. It sounded like it would be fun for the kids to read, but in reading just the things you listed here, that is some dark and insidious type of…horrible junk that I would not want put in my kids’ spirits if I can help it. I love creativity and wild imagination and want to show them tons of that, but you can feel, discern sometimes when something has a bad, or evil undertone, even when it’s wrapped in a cutesy, seemingly innocent, fun way. Which is precisely some of the currently excessive ways the devil tries to get at kids. Thank you for helping with the vigilance we NEED today. I wish there was a way you could …wait a minute…just came to me..maybe you could do a segment on 700 club or short show or cut in of book reviews from a Christian perspective for TBN or CBN or UP Network, etc.. with mainly kids books, and toys, but also adults. Also I have tried to find reliable sources to show parents why their kids should not play with toys or games like pokemon (which means pocket devil, pocket monsters), minecraft, skylander, etc and all these evil, magic(sorcery) games and toys that are so innocently portrayed, and are most definitely NOT. They are making the children, esp. boys behave more violently, and aggressive and many other qualities, which we sadly see are playing out in the world in a definitely NON Godly way. And I think I’m going to suggest this to the networks cause we need something like that to combat all the evil stuff that is saturating our tvs, even during commercials during sports games. You might want to put your bid in ey : )

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