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by Roald Dahl Illustrated by Quentin Blake

Kidsnatched from her orphange by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts a plan with him to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.

"Well, first of all," said the BFG, "human beans is not really believing in giants, is they? Human beans is not thinking we exist." Sophie discovers that giants not only exist, but that there are a great many of them who like to guzzle and swallomp nice little chiddlers. But not the Big Friendly Giant. He and Sophie cook up an ingenious plot to free the world of troggle-humping — forever.

The BFG — Big Friendly Giant — is no ordinary bone-crushing giant: he is far too nice. How he and his tiny friend, Sophie, conspire to put an end to the loathsome activities of the other Giants is marvelously told by a writer and an artist who "are uncanny in their understanding of what children like to read and see" (The New York Times Book Review).

Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Farrar Straus Giroux
Book Type
Chapter Book
Number of Pages
Comedy and Humor, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Fantasy

About the Author and Illustrator

Roald Dahl Roald Dahl, one of the greatest story-tellers of all time, started writing after nearly dying in a plane crash in World War II. His first children's novel, James and the Giant Peach , was followed by an unbroken string of hugely successful, best-selling titles.
Quentin Blake Quentin Blake is Children's Laureate of Great Britain, has won the Kate Greenaway Medal, and is the author and/or illustrator of many books. He lives in London, England.

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