The kid and I have moved on from short baby stories for the soul purpose of helping me to not keep reading the same story over and over again at nap time.
Thus taking us over to his sisters collection of Roald Dahl books that I thought would be a safe bet when reading to a child.
I was wrong.
The Big Friendly Giant was pretty interesting… in that it made it sound like kids being snatched from their beds in the middle of the night and gobbled up by monsters was just an ordinary event.
I actually found this one a little scary, especially for the kid. At the time he was just two years old so it was normal for me to keep censoring the scary bits where if a kid sees a shadow outside the window it’s likely to be something coming to eat him.
Definitely for ages 7 and up.
But otherwise, I really liked the storyline. I liked that it all started out so simply, a little girl sees a giant with a horn blowing something into kids windows. She follows him and it is found out that he was blowing nice dreams into the kids heads while they slept. Meanwhile his fellow giants were stealing kids from their beds all over the world and eating them like jelly beans.
The BFG doesn’t like that so the pair decide to stop them all once and for all.
They end up contacting the Queen of England through a dream and she helps to secure her nation and the world.
The word play in this book was fun, the story was sweet (even if a little too sinister for a toddler), and I’m glad I’m reading up on some kids classics that I wouldn’t have otherwise gotten to read.