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The BFG
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The BFG
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Roald Dahl's beloved novel hits the big screen in July 2016 in a major motion picture adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg from Amblin Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures.
When Sophie is snatched from her orphanage bed by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), she fears she will be eaten. But instead the two join forces to vanquish the nine other far less gentle giants who threaten to consume earth's children. This beautiful hardcover gift edition of Dahl's classic features the original illustrations by Quentin Blake, as well as a silk ribbon marker, acid-free paper, gilt stamping on a full-cloth cover, decorative endpapers, and a sewn binding.


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Roald Dahl's beloved novel hits the big screen in July 2016 in a major motion picture adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg from Amblin Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures.
When Sophie is snatched from her orphanage bed by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), she fears she will be eaten. But instead the two join forces to vanquish the nine other far less gentle giants who threaten to consume earth's children. This beautiful hardcover gift edition of Dahl's classic features the original illustrations by Quentin Blake, as well as a silk ribbon marker, acid-free paper, gilt stamping on a full-cloth cover, decorative endpapers, and a sewn binding.


From the Hardcover edition.
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  • From the book The Witching Hour

    Sophie couldn't sleep.

    A brilliant moonbeam was slanting through a gap in the curtains. It was shining right on to her pillow.

    The other children in the dormitory had been asleep for hours.

    Sophie closed her eyes and lay quite still. She tried very hard to doze off.

    It was no good. The moonbeam was like a silver blade slicing through the room onto her face.

    The house was absolutely silent. No voices came up from downstairs. There were no footsteps on the floor above either.

    The window behind the curtain was wide open, but nobody was walking on the pavement outside. No cars went by on the street. Not the tiniest sound could be heard anywhere. Sophie had never known such a silence.

    Perhaps, she told herself, this was what they called the witching hour.

    The witching hour, somebody had once whispered to her, was a special moment in the middle of the night when every child and every grown-up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had the world to themselves.

    ***

    The moonbeam was brighter than ever on Sophie's pillow. She decided to get out of bed and close the gap in the curtains.

    You got punished if you were caught out of bed after lights-out. Even if you said you had to go to the lavatory, that was not accepted as an excuse and they punished you just the same. But there was no one about now, Sophie was sure of that.

    She reached out for her glasses that lay on the chair beside her bed. They had steel rims and very thick lenses, and she could hardly see a thing without them. She put them on, then she slipped out of bed and tiptoed over to the window.

    When she reached the curtains, Sophie hesitated. She longed to duck underneath them and lean out of the window to see what the world looked like now that the witching hour was at hand.

    She listened again. Everywhere it was deathly still.

    The longing to look out became so strong she couldn't resist it. Quickly, she ducked under the curtains and leaned out of the window.

    In the silvery moonlight, the village street she knew so well seemed completely different. The houses looked bent and crooked, like houses in a fairy tale. Everything was pale and ghostly and milky-white.

    Across the road, she could see Mrs Rance's shop, where you bought buttons and wool and bits of elastic. It didn't look real. There was something dim and misty about that too.

    Sophie allowed her eye to travel further and further down the street.

    Suddenly she froze. There was something coming up the street on the opposite side.

    It was something black . . .

    Something tall and black . . .

    Something very tall and very black and very thin.

    Who?

    It wasn't a human. It couldn't be. It was four times as tall as the tallest human. It was so tall its head was higher than the upstairs windows of the houses. Sophie opened her mouth to scream, but no sound came out. Her throat, like her whole body, was frozen with fright.

    This was the witching hour all right.

    The tall black figure was coming her way. It was keeping very close to the houses across the street, hiding in the shadowy places where there was no moonlight.

    On and on it came, nearer and nearer. But it was moving in spurts. It would stop, then it would move on, then it would stop again.

    But what on earth was it doing?

    Ah-ha! Sophie could see now what it was up to. It was stopping in front of each house. It...
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  • DOGO Books felicisowl - The BFG is no ordinary giant - quite honestly, humans don't believe giants exist. They do exist, but most of them, like the Bloodbottler and the Fleshlumpeater, are cruel, nasty giants that live in a place called Giant County. They eat children daily and are gruesome even to look at. (Don't even get IDEAS to go there, besides, it's not on your atlas anyway.) The BFG lives in the same place as those bloodthirsty giants, but he is a nice, sensible, and friendly giant who is lonely living in a secluded cave and trying to hide from the other giants. (BFG stands for Big Friendly Giant, but it's kind of a mouthful.) The BFG is trying to learn the English language and instead of eating children, he endure eating snozzcumbers, which are filthy and utterly disgusting. But the most interesting thing about the BFG is that he collects dreams and puts them in jars, and later puts them in children and giants' minds when they are asleep.. And that is how he finds his little "human bean" companion, Sophie, lying in an orphanage. When the BFG takes Sophie to his cave, Sophie is deathly scared - until she finds out that the BFG is a big, friendly giant who would not harm a fly. Sophie and the BFG embark on little adventures together, like eating snozzcumbers, drinking frobscottle, collecting dreams, and even sneaking a ghastly, horrible nightmare into Fleshlumpeater (an equally horrible giant) so that the giants fight (luckily they are not caught!) They are always careful to avoid the other giants until suddenly, a giant comes into the BFG's cave! Luckily, (or not) Sophie hides herself in a giant snozzcumber and when the BFG tricks the giant into eating the snozzcumber, she flies out along with pieces of snozzcumber and giant's spit when the giant spits her out because the snozzcumber is disgusting. After surviving that horrible experience, Sophie comes up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all. That includes the help of the Queen of England, the Queen of England's navy and army, helicopters, and most importantly, the BFG. Will Sophie's plan succeed or will she end up in a giant's stomach like so many other children? Read to find out? If you do choose to read this book, it'll almost definitely be worth it! The BFG is sure to melt your heart with his sweet friendship with Sophie - and though people say he has really bad grammar, he does, but that's because he didn't have a proper education. One Charles Dickens book is not going to teach him all the rules of grammar, okay? But his philosophy is almost always right, and even though it's a children's book, it has a deeper moral, or a deeper message hidden inside it. Think about it - "humans are the only creatures that kill their own kind." The BFG is very wise in his own way.. But on a lighter tone, this book will be sure to impress with.. clever word-play! I love the word-play in this book, and Roald Dahl probably invented, almost 10 or 20 different words with just this book - he's amazing! This book has foul villains - and as Roald Dahl once said, you get more and more excited when the villain gets fouler and meaner because you want to see the hero crush the villain as the villain becomes more meaner and more fouler. (Can't get more of everything than the giants :D) The heroes? Sophie has her flaws, but she is an absolutely fantastic character overall - and of course, I love the BFG! The idea of catching dreams is just an idea to expand more and more with your imagination.. So, I'm sure this book will land on top of your favorite books' list just like how this book topped many celebrities' lists! Oh, and as the BFG once...
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