Download VERIFIED The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) Book
The BFG hits theaters everywhere today and I for one, cannot wait to see it. I plan to take my 5 year old on a special mommy/daughter date sometime this week. We have read to book together and both love it. I have read it more times than I can count since I was a little girl. My daughter loves trying to talk like a giant and now, you can too!
Download The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) Book
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The BFG by Roald Dahl, read by David Walliams. The BFG is a nice and jumbly giant. In fact, he is the only big friendly giant in Giant Country.All the other giants are big bonecrunching brutes, and now the BFG and his friend Sophie must stop them guzzling up little human beans - with some help from Her Majester, the Queen.David Walliams is a multi-award winning British comedian, actor and writer, best known for the comedy series Little Britain; but his acting work includes plays, dramas and films. He is also the author of five hugely successful children's books, including two illustrated by Quentin Blake - Roald Dahl's favourite illustrator.
Parents need to know that The BFG -- which was directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl's beloved fantasy book -- is about a Big Friendly Giant (BFG) and Sophie, the young orphan he first snatches and later befriends. The movie has a dark tone, and tense moments of peril and danger punctuate the story from the beginning. After Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is kidnapped, she expects the BFG (Mark Rylance) to cook her for dinner, and later she's hunted by the other giants, who love to eat children; these giants are destructive, loud, and scary when they're on screen. In one scene, the BFG plants a nightmare in Sophie's mind when she sleeps just so she'll believe him about how truly bad the other giants really are. Death is also referenced in not-so-subtle ways: Sophie bluntly states that her parents are dead, and the BFG alludes to another human child he used to be friends with who was clearly eaten by the other giants. While the scares are enough to keep the littlest audience members away (or at least with their eyes firmly covered), this tale about discovering friendship and family in the unlikeliest places also offers sweetness, humor, and heart -- as well as themes of courage, empathy, and perseverance. (Oh, and some fart jokes.)
Spielberg has told interviewers he read The BFG to his children when they were small, knowing that, to them, he was kind of a big friendly giant. Now, with a digitally transformed (spindly neck, elephant ears) and greatly enlarged Mark Rylance in the part, we all get to hear how Spielberg tells the story. Turns out, it's a little scary, and also pretty charming,
For as long as the film stays in Giant Land, The BFG remains enthralling. Only when Sophie and her outsize friend return to London does the narrative lose its way a bit. The pair arrive on a mission to alert Queen Elizabeth (Downton Abbey's Penelope Wilton) that big and decidedly nonfriendly giants are roaming the world at night, gobbling up children. This narrative detour was in fact part of Dahl's original, but it worked better on the page thanks to Quentin Blake's fanciful pen-and-ink illustrations. Fully rendered through CGI technology, the big-screen version of the giant's calamitous tea with the queen achieves a sort of photorealism that's disturbing, rather than whimsical.
The BFG is a nice and jumbly giant. In fact, he is the only big friendly giant in Giant Country. All the other giants are big bonecrunching brutes, and now the BFG and his friend Sophie must stop them guzzling up little human beans - with some help from Her Majester, the Queen. 041b061a72