Thursday, April 16, 2020

BFG by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl may not be known by many adults outside a child’s world. Oh, they might recognize movies that came from his books: James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, BFG, The Witches, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and … But many adults may not know anything about his BOOKS.

Roald Dahl was prolific, and creativity poured from him, a fountain that children enjoyed for decades. My students were always enthralled 
when I read James and the Giant Peach aloud.

Which of his books surprised me?
The BFG surprised me. Can't tell you why,  I won’t give the synopsis because I really want you Bloggers to check it out.  A tender story with courage and love, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) gives the reader hope and humor.

As too often, movies made from great books are often trash, as they are slashed, removing essential story lines. I won’t list those movies as they shouldn’t be watched by anyone with any sort of discerning taste.

But, The BFG, it was not trashed.

Here is a trailer of the movie:


The actor is Mark Rylance. Some may recognize him from other movies.

In my writing group years ago, most teachers taught older students. They did not value the earlier books such as these. These books established the writing their older students would do. 

Every building needs its foundation stones. Books like The BFG are part of those stones.



30 comments:

  1. I was first introduced to his work many moons ago when I read his adult literature - Tales of the Unexpected.
    His books for children were great favourites with the children. I used to love reading the stories to them at bedtime. And now I am reading them to my granddaughter!

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  2. Strange how the attention of most adults is to ignore the writer. In this case, yeah i cannot remember ever reading nor hearing of this writer, Roald Dahl. However I have heard of the stories, but not BFG. It is now on the list to get for the Great grands. We will have to have someone teach us to use the cd players we have. They may be out of date themselves, we just do not watch TV nor movies, but this one does stir interest. THANKS.
    Be safe,
    Sherry & jack
    "We watched the trailer together. nice"

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    1. The BFG is perfect for all who want a better world and for those who want to see bravery and hope. Perfect for the young and the old.

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  3. I don't know the BFG but I do love the work of Roald Dahl. Thanks for the recommendation.

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    1. This book and its author are a good example of a writer and his creative mind. His work is worthy of reading.

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  4. The problem when they make (sometimes bad, sometimes good) movies out of children's books is that no one ever reads the original books again, which is a tragedy because the books are a whole different kind of wonderful, imaginative experience for kids! I'm glad that I'm old enough to have read many children's classics in book form as a kid long before they were ever made into movies.

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  5. I do not think that I read any of his books even as a child. That may be too bad as he seemed to have been an imaginative and creative writer.

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  6. Hi Susan - both the author, his books and the films ... but we do as you say need to read them first ... take care and keep well - Hilary

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  7. I found him and BFG in my late 70's and was enamored with the tale. I definitely wasn't too old for the story. Enjoyed the book and the movie.

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  8. Fantastic Mr Fox is my favourite of his children's books. Someone who was soooo short that his nose would be under water in the shallow end of any swimming pool in the world is an image which has stayed with me.
    I discovered his adult literature long before the children's books though - and there are some gems there too.

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  9. It sounds interesting, I'll have to check it out once our library reopens.

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  10. I had not heard of BFG until the movie came out. The 10th graders read one of his stories and it was a lesson in irony. Can't recall the title now, but it was quite the story.

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  11. Big Friendly Giant is just what we need today.

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  12. When i was younger, i read almost everything he wrote, even his autobiographies. Yes, BFG is very, very special.

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    1. It is a special book. Its message is cross-aged.

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  13. I haven't seen BFG yet, but I will soon enough. It looks interesting. My kids all loved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I think I remember The Witches, is that the one where the boy goes to live with his Grandma and at a meeting a child gets turned into a mouse?

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    1. Yes, The Witches! Our school library 20 yrs ago took it off their shelves (parent complaints). I wonder now if that would be so?

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  14. I think I remember James and the Giant Peach, but my interests turned to history and away from lit fairly early, I'm afraid.

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    1. Being an elementary teacher, I recognized that students have to be exposed to good writing.

      Explore the inner child, and take a look at one of his books.

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  15. When I was a very young child (pre-library), I received Golden Books every month. I was so proud of myself if I read it all the way through without asking for help with a word. Sadly, I never read any Roald Dahl. Thanks for bringing him to my attention.

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    1. Roald Dahl is more sophisticate, for 3rd and up. I really hope you give it a shot. It is not a long book at all.

      Golden Books are so excellent for children. Yet my kids were young, they cost 49 cents.

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  16. I didn't know he wrote that... it was a good movie. We studied Dahl's work a bit in one of my classes. :)

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  18. thank you for wonderful sharing dear Susan

    i loved this trailer , i find such movies so fascinating always ,they strengthen my faith in "goodness of soul" :)

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