Tuesday, September 13, 2016

THE BFG by Roald Dahl / Blog Tour: Book Review / Giveaway #RoaldDahl100

Today marks the 100th birthday of beloved author, Roald Dahl. I'm thrilled to team up with Penguin Kids to celebrate Roald Dahl all month long here on Mundie Kids. Today I'm thrilled to be the next stop in the Roald Dahl blog tour. Today's feature is my review for one of my childhood favorites, THE BFG. Below you'll find my review, and a giveaway! First, here's a little bit about the book:

By: Roald Dahl
Illustrated by: Quentin Blake 
Published by: Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux
Released on: November 1st, 1982 (1st published on)
Ages: 8 & up
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
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Rating: 5 Owlets - I Loved It
Source: I received book from publisher in exchange for my honest review

'Human beans is not really believing in giants, is they? Human beans is not thinking we exist.' On a dark, silvery moonlit night, Sophie is snatched from her bed by a giant. Luckily it is the Big Friendly Giant, the BFG, who only eats snozzcumbers and glugs frobscottle. But there are other giants in Giant Country. Fifty foot brutes who gallop far and wide every night to find human beans to eat. Can Sophie and her friend the BFG stop them?

The BFG was one of my favorite books as a kid. I remember when my 5th grade teacher first read this book out loud to us. There was something about this story, and it's pairing of two unlikely friends, and the imaginative world Dahl created, that really stuck with me. He created this 'what if' scenario that intrigued me. I also loved that out of all the dreadful giants, there was one who not only wasn't like them, he proved to be so much more than they saw in him. It was easy to like the BFG as much as Sophie did.

Reading this book now as an adult, was just as fun as reading it when I was a kid. It brought back some of the initial thoughts I first had when I had the book read to me. The BFG is a classic. Dahl combines humor, imagination, wit, and a message we can all take to heart. This book has been enjoyed for generations, and I hope will continue to be enjoyed for many more generations. 

A masterful storyteller, Roald Dahl's stories are ones that resonate with readers of all ages. His stories are ones that if you grew up reading as a kid, you love reading with your children now. In celebrating Roald Dahl this month, I highly recommend picking up one of your favorite Dahl books to read, whether for your own enjoyment or to introduce a young reader to. 


Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the world’s most imaginative, successful and beloved storytellers. He was born in Wales of Norwegian parents and spent much of his childhood in England. After establishing himself as a writer for adults with short story collections such as Kiss Kiss and Tales of the Unexpected, Roald Dahl began writing children's stories in 1960 while living with his family in both the U.S. and in England. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated. 

Roald Dahl’s first children’s story, The Gremlins, was a story about little creatures that were responsible for the various mechanical failures on airplanes. The Gremlins came to the attention of both First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who loved to read the story to her grandchildren, and Walt Disney, with whom Roald Dahl had discussions about the production of a movie. 

Roald Dahl was inspired by American culture and by many of the most quintessential American landmarks to write some of his most memorable passages, such as the thrilling final scenes in James and the Giant Peach - when the peach lands on the Empire State Building! Upon the publication of James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl began work on the story that would later be published as Charlie and the Chocolate Factoryand today, Roald Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, have sold more than 200 million copies. 

Roald Dahl also enjoyed great success for the screenplays he wrote for both the James Bond film You Only Live Twice in 1967 and for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, released one year later, which went on to become a beloved family film.  Roald Dahl’s popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.  

Two charities have been founded in Roald Dahl’s memory: the first charity, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, created in 1991, focuses on making life better for seriously ill children through the funding of specialist nurses, innovative medical training, hospitals, and individual families across the UK. 

The second charity, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre – a unique cultural, literary and education hub – opened in June 2005 in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived and wrote many of his best-loved works. 10% of income from Roald Dahl books and adaptations are donated to the two Roald Dahl charities. 

On September 13, 2006, the first national Roald Dahl Day was celebrated, on what would have been the author’s 90th birthday. The event proved such a success that Roald Dahl Day is now marked annually all over the world. September 13, 2016 is Roald Dahl 100, marking 100 years since the birth of the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.

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