Roald Dahl's The BFG: Book Summary

Instructor: Abby Federico

Abby has taught elementary special education and has her master's degree in this area.

In this lesson you will learn about the book ''The BFG'' by Roald Dahl. You will learn about the main characters, and then learn what the book is about!

Background Information

The BFG was written by author Roald Dahl in 1982. The main character first got his start in another one of Roald Dahl's books, Danny, the Champion of the World. Dahl himself has even said that this is probably his favorite book that he has written! Maybe it will become one of your favorites as well!


One of the main characters in the book is The BFG, of course! His full name is The Big Friendly Giant, but everyone calls him The BFG for short. The BFG is a nice giant who captures good dreams and then at night gives them to children. The BFG also speaks in a sort of strange way, called 'gobblefunk.' The other main character in the book is Sophie, an orphan. One night she sees The BFG giving good dreams to children in a building down the street from the orphanage.

Some other characters that are in the book are the 9 other giants who aren't at all like The BFG--they eat humans, especially children! A final important character is the Queen of England. Sophie and The BFG go to her to ask for help with the other giants.

Roald Dahl, author of The BFG
Roald Dahl

Book Summary

One night Sophie sees The BFG blowing good dreams into the windows of children. The BFG then takes her from her window and they travel all night long. Sophie eventually realizes The BFG isn't going to eat her; he is just taking her to his home in Giant Country. Since The BFG speaks in gobblefunk, sometimes his words come out sounding strangely, but Sophie thinks he speaks beautifully. The BFG and Sophie soon become great friends. Sophie tells The BFG that no one will miss her at the orphanage.

Sophie soon sees the other giants that live in Giant Country, who are not nice at all. While The BFG has decided to never eat people, especially children, the other giants are the complete opposite. The go out every night and look for people to eat. They have gross names, like Fleshlumpeater and Childchewer!

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