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Lit Circles - Primary: The BFG

About the book

undefinedThe BFG by Roald Dahl

“Do you like vegetables?" Sophie asked, hoping to steer the conversation towards a slightly less dangerous kind of food.
"You is trying to change the subject," the Giant said sternly. "We is having an interesting babblement about the taste of the human bean. The human bean is not a vegetable.”


Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast.
When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

GENRE: Fantasy


  • Injustice
  • Morality and ethics
  • Judging by appearances (Sterootyping)
  • Friendship

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Extension material

undefinedThe BFG was written in 1982. The idea for the story had begun several years before, with a sentence scribbled in one of Roald Dahl's Ideas Books - exercise books he used to write down some of the thoughts that came to him and were sometimes later turned into stories. Just like The BFG.

The idea of a giant who captured dreams and kept them in bottles for children to enjoy while they were asleep was one Roald had been thinking about for some time. In Danny the Champion of the World, he was the character in a bedtime story Danny's father told him. And Roald had even told the story of The Big Friendly Giant to his own children, climbing up on a ladder outside his daughters' bedroom and using a bamboo cane to pretend to blow happy dreams in through their window.

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Questions for your circle

  • Did you have trouble understanding any of the made-up words that Roald Dahl uses in this book? Which was your favourite?
  • What is the Witching Hour? Have you ever been up that late at night and was it anything like Sophie experienced?
  • Did the BFG make good choices when he was being bullied by the bigger giants? What could he have done differently?
  • How are the BFG and Sophie alike? How are they different? Do you think they were friends?
  • What did the BFG eat? Can you also remember the name of Sophie and the BFG's favourite drink?

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