The Ergohacks Verdict

The BFG is a famous children’s book and we couldn’t wait for Cass to grow up tall enough to enjoy it. At the very mature age of six and a half, she finally pulled it off her bookshelf to try out. She made it through the first page and the second. Then stopped. ‘I love this book,’ she came to tell me, ‘but it’s so long and hard to read that I don’t understand the story.’ We sat down and started reading it together. Her one sentence, me a paragraph. She was enthralled. It took just over two weeks of bedtime growing earlier and earlier to lengthen the reading time to complete it. She sighed when it was finished. ‘I wish I could go back to the beginning and read it again for the first time,’ she lamented. ‘One day I will invent a time travelling machine so I can read the best books again and again each time for the first time.’

I thoroughly enjoyed it as well. Chris beamed when she brought him the book the next day. ‘Maybe you could read it with me now, because I know you loved Roald Dahl books when you were little and that was so long ago you’ve probably forgotten the whole story by now.’ They sat down to read it again. She kept interrupting, informing him exactly what was about to happen next on each page. It’s our favourite Roald Dahl book (except for me – Going Solo is mine) and we highly recommend it.


Buy it from  Amazon

Price: ± £4.99 Kindle, £9.98 Hardcover, £3.85 Paperback, Audiobook 1 Audible credit
We started with the paperback edition but forgot it at home when we went to London. The Kindle version was downloaded and turned out to be absolutely beautiful on the iPad. Better than the paperback. We recommend going digital for this one. We have not yet listened to the audiobook edition.

About Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. He was one of the most famous and beloved children’s authors of the 20th Century selling over 250 million books worldwide.  His stories are known for their twists and unexpected endings and for their unsentimental, macabre, often darkly comic mood, featuring villainous adult enemies of the child characters. His most famous works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG, The Twits and George’s Marvellous Medicine. Most of his children’s books are also notable for containing illustrations by Quentin Blake and a distinct visual style.


It’s a chapter based book for older children age 8 – 11 with some illustrations throughout that really adds interest to the story and breaks up the text for younger readers. It’s also a great book to read to younger children who aren’t fluent readers yet.


Format: Kindle Edition, Paperback, Hardcover, Audiobook
File Size: 14859 KB
Print Length: 244 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0374304696
Publisher: Puffin (6 Sept. 2007)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Language: English
Age level: 8 – 11 (independent reading), 5+ when being read to


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 We based our Ergohacks Verdict on each reading The BFG at least once both as a paperback and eBook read on the iPad. This article was first published on 17 July 2017.