Book review by Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Girl befriends goodhearted giant in funny fantasy.

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 35 reviews

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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.
age 10+

Great and funny but hard to read

I think that it’s great and funny. But it might be hard to read because I don’t understand some words because they are spelled weirdly. This is only my thinking and you might agree or disagree with me.

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Too much violence

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