PICK OF THE MONTH, The BFG - Thamer International Schools

By Mera Damiri (9-H)

The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) is a children’s literature book written by the British novelist Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake in 1982. Later in 2016, Steven Spielberg directed and produced a movie based on this fantastical book. The book revolves around the lonely orphan, Sophie who is ready to go to sleep when she hears an obstreperous noise. Frozen in fear while staring at the colossal and abnormal creature with humungous ears and with eyes glistening in the moonlight, she witnessses the monster for the first time.Later in the book, what seems a nightmarish giant, turns out to be affable,amiable, and uneducated. Sophie is taken to the Giant country where they live; however, she learns that these creatures are human eating machines. Fortunately,the BFG only eats snozzcumbers, and it has come to light that the benevolent giant is a dream catcher and destroyer of nightmares.

A story that clearly displays the proverb, ‘Do not judge a book by it’s cover’, substantially blends the worlds of fanstasy, comedy and reality as some fantastical events are slowly woven into the real world. A supernatural character who lacks all ability to speak or understand human language, ends up being the closest anomalous friend to a human being or as he says it ‘Human-bean’. Overall, I definitely recommend reading this astonishing story that opens the doors of imagination and creativity. The ‘BFG’ reminds me of what it’s like to see with the eyes of a child.

Source Link: December Newsletter (2018-2019)

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