Wednesday - Random Funnies

One of my all time favorite MG books is Roald Dahl’s, THE BFG. I didn’t read it as a child, but discovered it when my son's third grade teacher read it to his class. My son would come home and tell me, between laughs, about this giant that whizzpops and eats children and talks funny and...and...None if it made much sense to me so I went and read it for myself so we could talk about it. Wow am I glad I did.

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THE BFG is seriously one of the few books that had me LOL.

If you haven’t read it, go read it asap. If you have then you know Dahl’s giants have their own unique phrasing and dialogue. Through dialogue and action Dahl transforms one giant, The BFG, from fearsome to extremely likable. And Sophie is such a smart and brave little character. A fun, adventurous, and heart warming story. Here are some lines from the book that make me smile.

"A whizzpopper!" [fart] cried the BFG, beaming at her. "Us giants is making whizzpoppers all the time! Whizzpopping is a sign of happiness. It is music in our ears! You surely is not telling me that a little whizzpopping if forbidden among human beans?" –Roald Dahl

“Two rights don’t equal a left.” –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.” –Roald Dahl

“What I mean and what I say is two different things, the BFG announced rather grandly.” –Roald Dahl

“Words,” he said, “is oh such a twitch-tickling problem to me all my life.” –Roald Dahl

Do your characters ever use made up words? Have you ever made up your own language?


  1. One of my favorite authors. I've heard about this book but never read it. Now it's a MUST. Thanks, Paula.

  2. I love The BFG, and everything I've read by Dahl. Such a brilliant author. If you haven't read his story of how he began writing, I highly recommend it; it's found in the collection "The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Other Stories".

  3. Totally Agree, Paula! I read this aloud to Brendan when he was little and we had the most fun with it- Dahl is totally brilliant- whimsicaland LOL with a dash of wicked and a sprinkle of satire- his imagination rockets up like -- a peach, or an elevator :) thanks for sharing this Paula!


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