vrijdag 10 augustus 2012
50 Books Challenge 2012 - # 34: The BFG by Roald Dahl
Author: Roald Dahl
Story: One night when Sophie cannot fall asleep during the "witching hour", she sees a giant blowing something into the bedroom windows down the street. The giant notices her, reaches through the window, and carries her to his home in Giant Country. Once there, he reveals that he is the world's only benevolent giant, the Big Friendly Giant or BFG, who operating in the strictest secrecy, collects good dreams that he later distributes to children. By means of immense ears he can hear dreams and their contents and blow them via a trumpet-like blowpipe into the bedrooms of children. When he catches a nightmare, he destroys it, or uses it to start fights among the other giants, who periodically enter the human world to steal and eat "human beans", especially children. The BFG, because he refuses to do likewise, subsists on a foul-tasting vegetable known as a snozzcumber, and on a drink called frobscottle, which is unusual in that the bubbles in the drink travel downwards and therefore cause the drinker to break wind instead of burp; this causes noisy flatulence known as Whizzpoppers.
Start: august 6th 2012
End: august 10th 2012
Comment: Imagine you were a young orphan tossing and turning because you can't sleep. Then all of the sudden a big, giant hand comes in through your window and lifts you out of your bed! The next thing you know you are bouncing around in a wool pocket. It happens the young Sophie, the character who was named after Dahl's granddaughter. She befriends a giant, the only giant that doesn't eat people and is very kind. The two of them form a team and try to save the world from the evil giants. It's really great to read about this friendship, which is really out of the ordinary. I like the way the BFG talks. His own language. That really speaks to kids with a big imagination. Sophie and the BFG are both loveable characters and basically the only characters in the book. The other ones don't get enough attention to really develope. This whole book is imaginative. So especially for kids this is a joy to read.
Rating: 4,5/ 5