Several years ago I was talking with my best friends about books we loved watching with our kids, and they raved about how much they loved The BFG by Roald Dahl. I hadn’t read it as a kid, and vaguely remembered it was something about a giant, and I thought there might have been cannibalism going on, so it was on my list of books I wasn’t too thrilled about. Then a movie came out and I had adult friends talking about their excitement to see the movie, and I still didn’t read the book. Then I gave my kids a couple of options of what to read and they picked out The BFG for our next book and a movie night. So, here’s our BFG movie night.
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What is The BFG?
The BFG is the story of a giant, but he is not like the other giants, no he does not like to eat people the way they do, instead, he has to eat snozzcumbers and other gross stuff.
One night he meets Sophie and carries her off to his cave, together the two of them come up with a plan to stop the other giants from eating all of the children.
So that’s the synopsis, and this book very much reminds me of the darker side you see of Roald Dahl in The Witches. I really didn’t enjoy this book. My kids found it amusing, but I found it disturbing. Our The BFG movie night did not really change my opinion.
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In my store, I’ve got bookmarks with all of the books made into movies broken down by grade level. The BFG is a 5th-grade book, along with Johnny Tremain, Nancy Drew, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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You have a choice of either The BFG animated movie from 20 years ago (it’s a “documentary” according to Amazon) or 2016 The BFG CGI version. For our The BFG movie night we chose the 2016 movie (mainly because I didn’t know the other existed).
Our The BFG movie night snacks
One thing I’ll give Roald Dahl books, they always lend themselves to fantastic snacks. The BFG is no exception, especially since The BFG described what each different type of human bean tastes like…
I’m just going to say right now, I find so much of this disturbing, but being young and crazy my kids did not….
- Human blood- Big Red, because the giants drank that
- Frobscottle- I’m pretty sure this was Root Beer, but since it was described as a fizzy drink, almost all sodas will do
- Snozzcumber Delight- Ritz crackers (I like the boxes with fresh stacks because certain members of my family have a habit of eating half a tube of crackers and leaving the rest to go stale) with cream cheese and cucumber slices, we ate quite a lot of these
- Greece human beans- sausages
- Panama human beans- thin mints with mini Reeses peanut butter cups on top
- Welsh human beans- goldfish because they tasted like fish and chips…
- Turkey human beans- I went with turkey deli meat to get a bit of protien in there
- Chile human beans- lime sherbert
- Human beans- sugar cookies with our half-eaten gingerbread men cookie cutters (which sadly don’t look like they’re sold anymore)
- snozzcumbers- Little Debbie swiss rolls with green frosting for stripes
Quick hint, put your frosting in a Ziploc sandwich bag and cut off the barest tip of the corner to make a quick and cheap frosting bag.
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natalie planetsmartypants says
I admit that I did not read the book or watched the movie, but I know that it’s one of A’s favorite books by Roald Dahl for some reason. She even was interested in the movie, but we never got to it.
I didn’t read the book until I was an adult, and as an adult Roald Dahl books are so weird.