English Version: Letter to Roald Dahl

Dear Roald Dahl,

It seems like just yesterday I was sitting on the carpet of my 3rd-grade teacher’s room, and listening to her read your book, The BFG. Even hearing the novel’s title gives me such nostalgia to when life was all playing and imagination.

I remember reading a very boring book about the Mayflower before we got to reading your book. I thought, “oh great, probably another book I will not be interested in” but boy was I completely wrong. Every word that my teacher would read on each page, my full attention would be on and I was 100% engaged at all times. I will confess, even though I wasn’t supposed to, I asked my mom to buy me the book outside of school so I could read on from where my teacher left off that day.

Your book truly taught me that you never know who someone is on the inside. In a community of evil people-eating giants, the connection between the BFG and Sophie was remarkable. When she was in the orphanage, she was lonely and scared, and every night she would see this huge shadow through her window and she got even more terrified. Little did she know, that shadow would become her best friend and save her from the orphanage.

Another thing that amazes me about your novel is the amount of description that was involved. This past year, they released The BFG as a movie, and as you could probably imagine I was ecstatic. This was my childhood dream come true! I saw it the first day it was out in theaters and I can confidently say everything I pictured in my head while reading the book came to life when I watched the movie. From the orphanage to the cave where the BFG lived, or even the smallest things like what the streets looked like at night, was completely accurate.

I would like to say thank you for creating such an entertaining novel while still having such a strong lesson dug into it. From the age of 7 I already knew never to judge a book by their cover, and by the people, you associate them with because they might be the complete opposite, as the Big Friendly Giant was to Sophie.


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