#56 The BFG by Roald Dahl
The BFG (while it’s short for “Big Friendly Giant”, I couldn’t help but thinking “Big F-ing Giant” until I realized what it was) is a children’s book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, first published in 1982. The book was an expansion of a story told in Danny, the Champion of the World, an earlier Dahl book. The book went on to win a Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis prize in 1985. An animated film based on the book was released in 1989 with David Jason providing the voice of the BFG and Amanda Root as the voice of Sophie. It has not arrived at the library yet for viewing. It has also been adapted as a theater performance.
I have to say that I’m disappointed by all the children’s books that are listed on the BBC Top 100 books list. As an adult, I feel that the list should have catered more towards that viewing audience, and perhaps had a second list for children.
Even for a children’s book, the themes were actually quite deep. Two that stuck out the most were acceptance and trying new things. Social norms for our society can easily be forbidden in our societies. The discussion between the BFG and Sophie regarding farting (or whizpopping, in giant terms) is acceptable in giant lands, but not Sophie’s society.
I found it very entertaining to run across words that I thought to be a bit unique in our personal conversations, and find them in black and white in the book.