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El gran gigante bonachon / The BFG (Spanish Edition) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-23 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:607011809X
LANGUAGE:Spanish

"I bought this book awhile ago and after reading a few untoward things about the author dismissed it. But now we have The BFG movie out in all of it's Steven Spielberg splendor, and I decided to give it a quick read to see if my GK's would like it. As usual Roald Dahl author of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and Matilda, seems to write with some question as to whom his audience might be. This is THE # 1 selling Children's book on Amazon right now, with an age recommendation of 7 and up? The Big Friendly Giant who kidnaps Sophie only because she has seen him, is a "nice and jumbly" giant which is good as the other 9 in the story are cannibalistic meanies, whose eating of children from various countries ( children from Wales (Whales) taste fishy etc) and such antics as spitting out the bones are never really described in much detail merely mentioned. Also the BFG has a word mangling and grammar problem throughout the entire book," By goggles, your head is not so full of grimesludge after all. I can see you is not born last week." And some of his words get just bad enough to no doubt delight 3rd- 4th grade boys ( probably including my Grandson) ..you know things like slimesnotters etc, perhaps a funny read aloud but loads of made up words that most likely cannot be read, pronounced, or understood by 8 year olds. Anyway I'm giving it 4 stars, even though I can see some might have issues with it. I'll try the read aloud this WE and see the response. And as mentioned earlier, I really dislike the title..knowing full well the first thing adults think of for BFG will not be Big Friendly Giant, lol ... A Roald Dahl trademark move." said.

"Book to Movie Review

If you have ever read a book written by Roald Dahl, you will know exactly what I mean when I say that this story is classic Dahl. There is a fantastical world that the reader can get lost in, wonderful and vividly described characters and humorous word play. In the audio version narrated by David Williams, we are given a voice to these relatable characters that makes the listener feel like part of the story. The film adaptation of this book has some fun aspects and maintains the theme of friendship from the original story, however, it falls short of Dahl’s original work and just doesn’t seem to measure up.

I have always enjoyed Roald Dahl’s novels and they bring back so many amazing childhood memories of my first reading experiences. Listening to David Williams bring the BFG, Sophie, and the Queen to life is an incredible adventure that makes this story that much more colourful. His vocal characterizations are prefect and they way he pronounces the plethora of made-up words in this book are so amusing. The special effects in the background also add another layer to the listening experience that will help the listener to envision the happenings in the book with greater intensity. While I can see that there may be some terrifying moments for children in this book, somehow the humour and the fact that the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) is so lovable, give the listener a sense of security.

When I found out yet another book by Roald Dahl was being translated to the screen, I was very excited. There have been some wonderful films created in the past based on his works. Unfortunately, this adaptation is not as thrilling or amusing as I had hoped for. The storyline is somewhat the same, but the wonderful details are not depicted nearly as wonderfully as the book and the ending is altered. There is also some bathroom humour that might appeal to some, but I found it distasteful and certainly not the exact feel that Dahl was after. Mind you, there were some touching moments in the movie, but they just don’t compare to the original book.

So, is this a movie that you want to rush out to the theatre to see? In my humble opinion, no. While this is a film that is highly anticipated and has definitely been hyped up and advertised to great extent, it is not one that I feel deserves your hard earned money. I do think that most fans of the book will want to see it and should see it to compare the story to the film. However, waiting to see it on DVD would be an option that I suggest. This is a book that you should definitely not judge by its movie.
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"So this was ... different.
In the beginning I really wasn't sure whether to give this 3 or 4 stars.
You see, at first I wasn't all that much into the story. Sure, it was nice but the way the BFG talked was a bit tiresome and the story also seemed to drag on a little making it only slightly better than the 2nd Charlie Bucket book and not as good as the one about the giant peach.
However, it might just have been my mood (for some reason not much could hold my interest which is why I read quite a lot very short Kindle stories in between). Or the book improved over time. It could have also been a little bit of both.
Anyway, what makes this book really great is its advocacy against bullyism and the moral that wit is always better than muscles if you use it correctly.


The story, in short, is about an orphaned girl, Sophie, who wakes up one night and witnesses a giant. Because she has seen him, he has to take her with him so she can't tell other humans. However, he doesn't want to eat her like she feared because he isn't like the other giants (there's 9 of them) - he is a big friendly giant. But what to do about the others?!


As much as I grew tired of the BFG's speech, it was also hilarious at times and the sillyness really had a message of its own: (view spoiler)" said.

"I LOVE the vernacular! Whizzbangers, snozcombers...

I've read this out loud to my children any number of times and I get very, very into the voices, so they love it. This time I listened to Natasha Richards read it and she did a beautiful job! Of course she's English so was a natural. No non-English person can "be" the Queen as well as an English person, but leaving that aside, she was perfect!

Dahl is a master at weaving these wonderfully empowering tales using nonsense. Not only his situations are nonsense, but so is the vocabulary he uses. Doesn't matter. Children are always the hero and children reading his books feel there must be a hero inside of them as well. That's the beauty of his work.

I am a bit hesitant to see the movie because I have very vivid images of Sophie and the BFG in my mind, and have for years, but I just keep telling myself that no movie will take those images away. Here's hoping it won't.
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""Human beans is thinking they is very clever, but they is not. They is nearly all of them notmuchers and squeakpips," says the BFG in Roald Dahl's most philosophical work, and, well, that's about accurate I guess, and I'm not sure how I feel about exposing an eight-year-old to this kind of truth. Fine? Might as well start 'em sometime? "Human beans is the only animals that is killing their own kind," he also says, which is not actually true but the point is more or less valid. And "Just because we happen not to have actually seen something with our own two little winkles, we think it is not existing," which sounds like God stuff but I don't think it necessarily is; it's more about imagination than specific theology.

This is a heavy book, is my point. There's a lot packed in here. But "Meanings is not important" anyway, says the Giant. "I cannot be right all the time."
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"Syyskuun 13. päivä tulee kuluneeksi sata vuotta brittiläisen kirjailijan Roald Dahlin syntymästä. 19 lastenkirjaa, 9 novellikokoelmaa ja lukuisia käsikirjoituksia ja sovituksia elokuviin ja tv-sarjoihin. Kuulostaa lahjakkuudelta, sitä hän oli. Moni muistaa Jali ja suklaatehtaan ja siitä tehdyn elokuvan. Dahlin kirjoittamia on jopa muutama Bond-elokuva. Tästä ihanasta Iso Kiltti Jätti teoksesta on myös tehty elokuva.
Roald Dahlin lastenkirja Iso Kiltti Jätti on suurenmoinen ystävyystarina kahden yksinäisen kohtaamisesta ja ystävyyden syntymisestä. Toinen on iso fantasiaolento ja toinen pieni tyttö. Toinen on vanha ja toinen vasta 8-vuotias. Ystävyys ei katso peiliin, se ei katso ikää eikä ulkonäköä. Ystävyys katsoo sydämeen. Pieni Sohvi sai päättäväisyydellään Ison Kiltin Jätin toimimaan oikein ja lopettamaan muiden jättiläisten ikävät rikokset. Joskus tarvitaan sekä pieniä että isoja, että maailmasta tulisi parempi paikka. Roald Dahl on kirjoittanut unohtumattoman lastenkirjan.
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"Late night, you can’t sleep. Moonlight hits your eyes so you get up to close the curtains. What do you see? Probably nothing, you just close the curtains and return to bed. That’s not the case for Sophie. She saw something, she saw him
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When the giant grubs her with his big arms she’s certainly that he will eat her. She was wrong, not that giants don’t eat kids it’s just that this giant doesn’t eat kids or humans in general. Because this giant, this giant is the BFG (Big friendly giant). He takes her to his home and although he is a very nice guy he can’t let her go because he is afraid that she will tell everybody that giants exist and people will hunt them. However he protects her from the other 9 man eating giants.

When Sophie tells the Bfg that they must stop the other giants from eating people he sais that this can’t be done. Weird right? I mean he is a good guy why wont he help? The answer is simple, not only there are 9 of them, their all are twice the size of him.

What Sophie and the Bfg will do? They…. Come on, im not going to tell you, read it
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Every year I plan to write a blog post to celebrate Roald Dahl Day and every year time runs away with me and I somehow end up missing it. But this year we're celebrating 100 years since his birth so I guess that makes it a perfect time to talk about how much Roald Dahl's books meant to me as a child.



I used to reread all of his books over and over again but The BFG was always my favourite, I just loved everything about it from the friendship that forms between Sophie and the BFG, to the adventures they have together along with all of the crazy new words you discover along the way. Don't you just think that we should use words like scrumdiddlyumptious, gobblefunking and whiffswiddle in every day conversation? Not to mention the fact that I'm still waiting for someone to invent a real life version of frobscottle so I can practise my whizzpopping LOL.

The BFG is just the ultimate adventure story, I loved the idea of dreams being real things that you could capture and I desperately wanted to visit the land of dreams so I could find my own. I wanted a giant friend who could run so fast with me hiding in their pocket that it felt like I was flying and I even wanted to have breakfast with the Queen. Roald Dahl's stories always have a darker side to them and the giants terrified me but you get to see justice served in the end which was incredibly satisfying.

I still have my original copy of this book from 1985 and it's one of my most treasured and reread books. The illustrations by Quentin Blake compliment the story perfectly and make it something to be treasured.



My brother was never much of a reader (I'm pretty convinced he must be a changeling because surely we can't be related! LOL) but he absolutely adored the animated version of The BFG and would make us watch it over and over again. I think I've probably seen this adaptation of the story even more times than I've read the book and I have to say it's pretty perfect. It completely captures the feel of the story with it's laugh out loud humour but also the more heartwarming moments between Sophie and the BFG as well as the fearsome man eating giants to add tension. I love the music too and can remember singing along with my brother when he we were kids.

This animation may have been created in 1989 but it's still utterly brilliant and when we watched it with my 12 year old nephew a few months ago he loved it just as much as we did.



Being such a huge fan of the story I had incredibly high hopes for the new Disney version directed by Steven Spielberg. We made a family outing of it a few weeks ago and I think my Dad, brother and I were probably even more excited than my nephew was. There is no denying that the visual effects in the new movie are stunning, the land of dreams in particular was spectacular and the giants looked impressive.

The opening scene where Sophie first sees the BFG and the way he manages to sneak down the streets and avoid being spotted by anyone else was very cleverly done. The young actress who played Sophie did a brilliant job and there was one moment in particular that made me laugh so hard I had tears rolling down my face. I wasn't the only one either and pretty much the entire audience was laughing hysterically.

Unfortunately even though there were things I loved about the movie it didn't manage to live up to expectations and we all agreed that the animated version that is nearly 30 years old was better. The new movie stays pretty faithful to the book but it managed to be boring in spite of that, there were actually times when I was just wishing it was over so we could leave the cinema and no matter how good the graphics were or how humourous those few stand out moments were it just didn't make up for the poor pacing.

The new movie may have been a slight disappointment but that hasn't decreased my love of The BFG. I have so many happy childhood memories wrapped up in reading Roald Dahl stories and it's easy to see why they're still so popular today.
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Found my original copy from 1985! I can't even tell you how many times I've read this book, it's got to be well into double figures though :-)
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