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.”