London: Jonathan Cape, 1982. First edition. Octavo. pp. 224. Grey cloth, titled in gilt. A fine copy in fine dust jacket.
Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of the twentieth century. Dahl’s
ability to twist words into a clever and creative new language is fascinating to children, and is evident
in BFG. The gruesome descriptions of the horrid giants and the subtle allusions to other stories will
entertain children young and old. An animated adaptation was released in theatres in 1987 with David
Jason providing the voice of the BFG and Amanda Root as the voice of Sophie. It was also the basis for
the 2016 film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, written by Melissa Mathison and starring
Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall and Bill
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