‘The BFG’ by Roald Dahl

I’m a fan of Roald Dahl’s children’s books, like James and the Giant Peach and Matilda. Both of those have been adapted as films, and this summer (July 1st, 2016), his 1982 book The BFG will have a live-action movie of its own, directed by none other than Steven Spielberg.

Here’s the official trailer for the film:

If you’ve never read the book, now’s a good time to pick up a copy before the film drops. The story centers around a young girl named Sophie, who lives in an orphanage. One night, during the Witching Hour, she sees a giant cloaked figure blowing something from a trumpet-like object into a bedroom window down the street. The figure (known as “BFG”, or “Big Friendly Giant”) notices her, then carries her away to his homeland of Giant Country, where Sophie discovers that BFG is actually an outcast runt amongst his kind.

I won’t spoil any more of the story. All I’ll say is that The BFG makes a charming bedtime story for kids, and even adults will laugh at some things in the book (just wait until you get to the part about “whizzpopping”).

The book comes in a number of formats: