Monday, July 4, 2016

The BFG - a moviewap

What an amazing story.  This movie which was released on July 1st in theatres was directed by the famous Steven Spielberg.  It is based on the book authored by Roald Dahl.


Authored by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake

Ages 8-12
Grade Level: 3-7

According to

  • 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, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to 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!

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    About the movie...

    This movie is great on many levels.  It portrays magic and fantasy, friendship, a great girl role model, courage, empathy and perseverance.  Although very heartwarming it also has some scary moments that might be disturbing to some kids.  

    Sophie is kidnapped and fully expects to be the BFG's tasty dinner and later is hunted down by other giants who consider children a delicacy.  These "others' are destructive, loud and menacing on screen.  The BFG plants a nightmare into Sophies head when she sleeps so she will aware of how bad the other giants really are.  Sophie confesses that both her parents are dead and her giant friend alludes to the fact that another human child he befriended was eaten by the others.  Please take these elements into consideration before you subject your child to the movie as some children may find it too scary for them to watch. 

    The tale does have an overall positive message to impart.  It's about discovering friendship and family and offers the audience doses of sweetness, humour, but most of all ... heart.  

    The two main characters have such a bond between them that it is heartwarming to see.  The movie highlights what great friendship is all about and what it means to have strong values.  Sophie is depicted as wise - beyond - her - years and yet her child-like ways are portrayed perfectly throughout the movie.

    The giant will win your heart for sure.  He possesses warmth, compassion, bumbing language and missteps, and his brute determination will impact every kid (and parent)...wishing that they too had a BGF to call their own.  

    A perfect movie to see after you have read the book! 

    Unwrapping some post-movie discussions....

    * Why was Sophie such a strong character?  Do you think she was a good role model for kids? girls?

    * What part of the movie scared you the most?  Why?

    * What did this movie teach you about friendship?  What specific things happened to depict empathy? courage? and perseverance?

    * Hopefully you read the book and if you did you can compare the book to what happened in the movie.  Do you like reading a book before its made into a movie?


    Personally I love all of Roald Dahl's books.  Here's a short bio about him so you can learn more about his genius of a storyteller.

    Roald Dahl was born on September 13, 1916, in Llandaff, South Wales. In 1953, he published the best-selling story collection Someone Like You and married actress Patricia Neal. He published the popular book James and the Giant Peach in 1961. In 1964, he released another highly successful work, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was later adapted for two films. Over his decades-long writing career, Dahl wrote 19 children's books. He died on November 23, 1990, in Oxford, England.

    Five of this wonderful author's books have been made into movies:

    1996 -"James and the Giant Peach" 

    1996 - "Matilda"

    2005 - "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

    2009 - "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

    2016 -  "The BFG"

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