Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel The BFG was recently adapted for the big screen by Steven Spielberg. It stars Ruby Barnhill as Sophie—a forthright, yet kind-hearted nine-year-old girl, who befriends a dream-blowing giant after he snatches her from a London orphanage.
Back at the beginning of the summer holidays, I took a group of forthright yet kind-hearted girls from my Year Four class to see it at the cinema. Afterwards, I asked them to tell me what the film teaches us about life, language, friendship… and farting. Here’s what they came up with…
- What you say and what you mean sometimes get mixed up.
- Don’t be afraid to stand up to those bigger than you.
- In a world where everyone’s on the take, the best thing you can do is to give.
- Language is there to be played with, switched around, torn apart and stitched back together.
- You should never stop chasing your dreams.
- If you listen carefully enough, you’ll hear the most wonderful things, from the beating heart of a sleeping child, to the arguments that caterpillars are having.
- Don’t judge people on the way they look. You never know how nice they could be.
- Sometimes you need to take a leap of faith.
- You can be friends with whoever you want, regardless of what anyone else thinks.
- It’s okay to fart—even in front of The Queen—as long as you call it a whizzpopper.
With thanks to Isla, Kiela, Jessica, Julia, Anouk, Emilie, Catherine and Louise.