I LOVE Roald Dahl's, The BFG. Otherwise known as: the Big Friendly Giant. This was the first chapter book I truly enjoyed as I child, and I am currently reading my worn and tattered childhood copy aloud to my son every night. He always begs for me to read one more chapter, reminding me of the same love I had of the story growing up. The BFG centers around a young girl named Sofie, who is scooped up by the giant out of her bed one night. Terrified, because she believes the giant is going to eat her, she soon learns that the BFG is different from normal giants. He is friendly and caring and doesn't eat "human beans" at all. The BFG is full of humor and his silly, jumbled form of language will make any child laugh.
The BFG opens the doors for many lessons and activities including:
- A lesson on character traits, both physical and inner
- A discussion about the BFG's gobblefunk glossary, prompting students to create some made-up words of their own
- Have students create a dream jar like the ones described in the book
- Have students write about their dream(s)
Recommended for Ages: 8-12
Lexile Level: 720L