When Sophie is snatched from her bed in the middle of the night by a giant four times as tall as the tallest human, she thinks she is about to be breakfast. But luckily for Sophie, her giant is the only nice and jumbly giant in Giant Country, and the pair are soon thinking of ways to disappear the BFG's nasty neighbours...
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Roald Dahl is widely considered to be one of England's greatest writers of Children's books. He led an incredibly varied life, serving as a talented fighter pilot, diplomat and intelligence officer during the Second World War. His first published work was about his experience of crash landing in Egypt in 1940.
After the war Dahl started to write fiction for children and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches, The BFG and many others have become staple reads for children of all ages. He was also a successful writer of strange and dark short stories for adults as well as the Tales of the Unexpected television series.
Roald Dahl died in 1990, at the age of 74, of a blood disease. He has been remembered as one of the greatest English writers of the 20th century and has had an influence that extends far beyond his novel
Quentin Blake's illustrations are some of the most recognisable in the world. His work with Roald Dahl alone would be enough to ensure a lasting reputation but his recent work with David Walliams has also brought him to a whole new generation of readers. He is also an accomplished author, having written and illustrated 35 of his own stories.
He has hosted Jackanory, illustrated postage stamps, works for charities that specialise in getting art into hospitals and is even the designer for the logo of the cookie company, Ben's Cookies. An incredibly diverse career for one of Britain's best-loved artists.
Book and writing awards
Kate Greenaway Medal 1980 (Mister Magnolia), Kurt Maschler Award 1990 (All Join In), Hans Christian Andersen Award 2002, Prince Philip Designers' Prize 2011, Eleanor Farjeon Award 2012.