The BFG (Colour Edition) Book Summary

by Roald Dahl38


A young girl named Sophie befriends a giant known as the BFG. Together, they embark on a mission to stop other giants from eating humans.

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What is The BFG (Colour Edition) about

The BFG (Colour Edition) by Roald Dahl is a whimsical children's novel that tells the story of Sophie, a young orphan who is kidnapped by the Big Friendly Giant (BFG). Unlike other giants, the BFG subsists on a diet of snozzcumbers and frobscottle rather than 'human beans.' In a moonlit adventure, Sophie and the BFG team up to stop the more malicious giants from terrorizing the world. Dahl's imaginative storytelling is complemented by Quentin Blake's lively illustrations.

The BFG (Colour Edition) 6 Key Takeaways

Sophie's Abduction

Sophie, an orphan, is taken from her bed by the BFG one night. Despite her initial fear, she soon learns that the BFG is friendly and means her no harm.

Introduction to Giant Country

The BFG takes Sophie to Giant Country, where she learns about the other giants who feast on humans. This introduces the central conflict of the story.

Snozzcumbers and Frobscottle

Sophie discovers that the BFG only eats snozzcumbers and drinks frobscottle, unlike the other giants who eat humans. This establishes the BFG's unique and kind nature.

Plan to Stop the Giants

Sophie and the BFG devise a plan to stop the other giants from eating humans. This includes a daring visit to the Queen of England to seek her help.

The Queen's Intervention

With the Queen's help, Sophie and the BFG succeed in capturing the evil giants, ensuring they can no longer harm humans.

Happy Ending

The story concludes with the evil giants being imprisoned, and Sophie and the BFG living happily ever after. This resolution emphasizes themes of friendship and courage.

The BFG (Colour Edition) Best Reviews

  • ‘The BFG is a marvelous children's book that combines humor, fantasy, and a touching friendship. Roald Dahl's storytelling is masterful, and Quentin Blake's illustrations bring the characters to life brilliantly.’ – The Guardian
  • ‘A delightful tale that captures the imagination of both children and adults alike. Dahl's unique ability to blend fantasy and reality is showcased perfectly in The BFG.’ – The New York Times

Top The BFG (Colour Edition) Quotes

  • 'Dreams is full of mystery and magic... Do not try to understand them.'
  • 'Two rights don’t equal a left.'
  • 'Human beans is not thinking we exist.'

Who should read The BFG (Colour Edition)?

The BFG is perfect for children aged 7-10, but its imaginative story and rich themes make it enjoyable for readers of all ages. It's particularly beneficial for children who feel different, as it offers a sense of belonging and courage.

About the Author

Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short-story writer, poet, and screenwriter. Known for his darkly humorous and imaginative stories for children, Dahl's works include classics like 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,' 'Matilda,' and 'James and the Giant Peach.' His collaboration with illustrator Quentin Blake has produced some of the most beloved children's books in modern literature.

The BFG (Colour Edition) FAQs

What grade level reading is BFG?

The BFG is suitable for grade levels 3-6, according to the publisher.

What reading age is the BFG by Roald Dahl?

The BFG is recommended for readers aged 7 and up.

Why is the BFG a good book to read?

The BFG explores themes of loneliness, friendship, and courage, making it a meaningful and engaging read for children.