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By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Girl befriends goodhearted giant in funny fantasy.

Book Roald Dahl Fantasy 2006
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age 7+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 10+

Can be read two ways...

Yes it can be funny, and tricky to read the funny words. It's great to stop and read the funny words with the kids to work out what the BFG really means. That said, if you think a big hand reaching through a window to steal a child from her bed might be a little disturbing, then perhaps shelf this book til your kids are ok with it, if ever. My Yr 3 had to read it for school and has had a few night frights from it. Dont get me started on The Witches. Giants steal people every night from all around the globe and eat them, and there is a constant threat to the girl being smelled out and eat by the other giants. Bit of context.... We know families that are ok with their kids watching/reading Harry Potter, that is not us. We have a younger sibling in year 1 so books and movies are suitable for her. That probably explains our Yr3's response, they just haven't been exposed to these sorts of themes before, and clearly not ready for them either. I know other kids of similar age will not bat an eyelid at some of the themes, just know where your kids limits are before reading this book.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (28 ):

This funny fantasy about a girl and a friendly giant has loads of appeal for young readers, from action to wordplay to gross-out humor. Each of the late Roald Dahl's books has a special quality that sets it apart, and in this case, it's silly, smart, hilarious playing with language. The BFG has never been to school, and "sometimes is saying things a little squiggly." Kids who got a laugh out of Willy Wonka's reference to "snozzberries" in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will find even more to giggle about here. All of the babblement makes The BFG a delightful book to read out loud. The story also has plenty of suspense (for youngsters) even as it just keeps getting funnier, all the way to the rewarding finish.

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