Saturday, July 17, 2010


My kids and I just finished the greatest book...The BFG by Ronald Dahl.  It was a fantastic read aloud because we all enjoyed it...including me!  It is a story about a little girl named Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant and their adventures together.

 For those of you who aren't familiar with Ronald Dahl, he wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Witches, and lots of other very entertaining books.  He is one of my favorite authors.

Here is a little excerpt from The BFG.  We were reading this part and my kids were laughing so hard that we had to start over because they couldn't hear what was going on:

"Burping is filthsome," the BFG said.  'Us giants is never doing it.'
'But with your drink,' Sophie said, 'what was it you called it?'
'Frobscottle,' said the BFG.
'With frobscottle,' Sophie said, 'the bubbles in your tummy will be going downwards and that could have a far nastier result.'
'Why nasty?' asked the BFG frowning.
'Because,' Sophie said, blushing a little, 'if they go down instead of up, they'll be coming out somewhere else with an even louder and ruder noise.'
'A whizzpopper!' cried the BFG, beaming at her.  'Us giants is making whizzpoppers all the time!  Whizzpoppong is a sign of happiness.  It is music in our ears!  You surely is not telling me that a little whizzpopping is forbidden among human beans?'
'It is considered extremely rude,' Sophie said....
'Redunculous!' said the BFG.  'If eneryone is making whizzpoppers, then why not talk about it?  We is now having a swiggle of this delicious frobscottle and you will see the happy result.'...He removed the cork and took a tremendous gurgling swig....
For a few moments, the Big Friendly Giant stood quite still, and a look of absolute ecstasy began to spread over his long wrinkly face.  Then suddenly the heavens opened and he let fly with a series of the loudest and rudest noises Sophie had ever heard in her life.  They reverberated around the walls of the cave like thunder and the glass jars rattled on their shelves.  But the most astonishing of all, the force of the explosions actually lifted the enormous giant clear off his feet, like a rocket.
'Whoopee!' he cried, when he came down to earth again.  'Now that is whizzpopping for you!'


Carrie K said...

Oh, I'm excited for when my kids are that age! How cool. I love that story.

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