Saturday, July 23, 2016

Never Enough Books and The BFG by Roald Dahl

My oldest said something to me today that almost stopped my heart. We were returning some books to the library and I asked if she wanted to go into the book sale room and see what they had. Her answer was no because she already had too many books. I have no idea where she heard such a ridiculous notion that one could possibly have too many books. I quickly dispelled that myth and led her into the book sale room where she chose 15 more books to add to her shelves. Crises diverted, my reputation in tact, I can now move on to my next subject, The BFG by Roald Dahl.

One book that stood out from my childhood is The BFG so of course I had to share it with my girls when I found out they were releasing a movie that was inspired by the book. I read to my two daughters every night before they go to bed. It's my way of connecting with them each day and exposing them to pieces of literature that they either aren't interested in reading on their own or pieces that are above their reading level but contain story lines I think will interest them. I chose to read The BFG out loud not only because it had been read aloud to me in class but also because I wanted to share that piece of nostalgia with them and hear them laugh at the absurdity of Whizzpopping and human beans. Like all of Roald Dahl's works, this one brings up a lot of very serious adult themes that led to some deep and eye opening conversations between the three of us. The girls thought the beginning was a little dry but towards the end they begged for one more chapter each night and were sad at the end because they had to say goodbye to some new favorite characters. It was a fun read and earned a thumbs up from both of my girls. We take turns choosing books and then next time my oldest gets to choose she's requested Mathilda. I'm sure that will be a hit since we're all book lovers.

As for my next read, I just found an article about some adult works Roald Dahl published. I had no idea that these existed and I look forward to looking them up and reviewing them in the future. So, stay tuned!

Love and Hugs,


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