The well-loved story of a big friendly giant who spirits a child out of bed to the land of the child-eating giants. The BFG is one of Dahl's most lovable character creations. Whether galloping off with Sophie nestled into the soft skin of his ear to capture dreams as though they were exotic butterflies; speaking his delightful, jumbled, squib-fangled patois; or whizzpopping for the Queen, he leaves an indelible impression of big-heartedness.
Roald Dahl lists the characters (including humans and giants) in the book at the start. Could you write a sentence / paragraph to describe each one?
The story begins with Sophie in a silent dormitory. Think of somewhere that is silent and think of words to describe how it feels to be there.
Imagine what might happen in 'the witching hour'. Write a story about one of these things.
Read the last sentences of the first chapter and predict what might be coming up the street.
Roald Dahl uses lots of similes to describe the BFG ('an arm as thick as a tree trunk', and 'nose as sharp as a knife'). Can you make up some more?
Imagine that you have just been picked up by a pair of giant hands. Write a story about what happens next (see Resources below).
The BFG uses lots of made up words. Can you think of some more and say what they mean? Could you make a dictionary / glossary for your words?
Think of words to describe snozzcumbers!
Describe your favourite dream? What happened? How did it make you feel?
Write some new labels for dream jars?(see Resources below).
The giants are afraid of Jack, the famous giant-killer. Can you retell that story to a friend?
BFG is an acronym. Can you find out other acronyms that people use? Could you make up some of your own?
The BFG uses a book by Charles Dickens to learn how to write. Can you find out about this author?
Write a recipe for a new dream. What 'ingredients' will you need? Think about the order that you will need to mix them in? Could you write some instructions to teach somebody else how to make this dream?
Describe a dream that you would like to have... or think of a nice dream that you could mix for somebody else.
Make an acrostic using the letters in 'The BFG' (see Resources below).
Imagine that the BFG wrote another book. What might it be about?
Listen to the audiobook version of the story. Could you record passages from the text using different accents / expression / sound effects to make it interesting to the listener?