As several might know I am a HUGE Roald Dahl fan. I’ve used his books in the classroom. I devoured them as a child. I’ve watched all of the adaptations. When I heard that they were remaking The B.F.G I was a little worried. This book is one of my favourites. I worried that it would be ruined. Whilst I don’t think it’s a flawless film, I was pleasantly surprised.
Things I liked:
- Mark Rylance was a fabulous BFG. He was endearing, funny and true to the character in the book.
- Ruby Barnhill was a fantastic Sophie.
- The wonderful BFG-isms were present.
- Fantastic imagery.
- Some scenes (namely the whizzpopper scenes, especially the one at the palace) were done so well.
Things I didn’t like:
- Sophie was a little bit too fiesty in places.
- Added extras. I understand it’s for the movie ‘experience’ but I didn’t think the inclusion of another child added much to the story. I know it’s going to confuse my class who are so familiar with the book.
- The giants weren’t nearly scary enough. Quentin Blake’s illustrations terrified me as a child! Even in the 1989 cartoon version they were scarier.
Would I recommend it?:
Despite my reservations and little niggles- yes!
Over the past 6 weeks, we have been devouring Roald Dahl. We even found time to fit in a picture book. I think it’s important that my class access a range of literature and in my experience they do still enjoy a picture book!
My little bookworms make this bookish heart very very happy.
I have to be honest and say I wish the children hadn’t picked this book for a class read. They weren’t as enthused as usual and it took us a while to get through. I tried to make it interesting, but their attention and imagination wasn’t as captured as I’d hoped!
The BFG was a completely different reading experience for my class. They absolutely lapped up this book. They loved the way he spoke. Weeks later, they are STILL obsessed with whizzpoppers.
The Magic Porridge Pot is a cute little fairy tale which tells the story of a porridge pot which keeps cooking a poor family porridge, which then goes out of control! My class loved this book and enjoyed role playing the story.
Matilda is a favourite of mine and happily my class adored it too. I’m a real life Miss Honey in their eyes which is the cutest thing. We included Matilda in some our writing sessions, by writing a diary entry for a character in Matilda and also imagining what we’d do if we had Matilda’s powers!
Next half term, I am looking forward to exploring some more authors with my class. As much as it has been fun to explore Roald Dahl, I think it’s important for them to be exposed to different authors!