A roundup of all things BFG

I love Roald Dahl, his books are so much fun, I have had the wonderful pleasure of teaching his books and sharing them with many kids.  In fact one of my absolute favorite experiences teaching was with a 5th grade team that did reading groups all focusing on Roald Dahl texts, it was amazing!  The conversations that are generated from reading his books are so wonderful.  My most discouraged readers were in love with his whimsical and silly characters – I saw those struggling readers emerge into confident readers through his masterful prose.


Today I had a chance to see some of the recently released items to celebrate the upcoming BFG film produced by Stephen Spielberg in theaters July 1st.

The BFG  (1982, Jonathan Cape, but currently published by Puffin) The BFG is not your average giant, yes he is very tall 24 feet to be exact.  He is a big friendly giant, which is wonderful news for Sophie who was taken by him in the middle of the night when she caught him blowing dreams into the windows of sleeping children, had it been any other type of giant she would be in real trouble.  Sophie soon learns that the giants are off to eat some children, she decides she is going to stop them, of course, with the help of the BFG.  This book is geared toward 3-7th grade and might be a little frightening for younger petites, what with all the giants trying to eat children and all.

The Big Friendly Doodle Book (Grosset & Dunlap, 2016) This book is perfect, it is filled with original artwork from Quentin Blake.  Lovely excerpts from Dahl’s text as well as stickers.  This is the perfect place for imaginations to take flight.  This is geared toward 8-12 year olds.

The BFG’s Gloriumptious Journal (Grosset & Dunlap, 2016) I absolutely love this journal.  It is perfect for BFG fans ages 8-12 and I feel offers just enough space to be thoughtful in comments as well as not too long to be a burden.  Some of the questions that are asked will take you on a journey through the story and help you to relate even more with text to self questions to make strong connections.  Here are some sneak peaks inside:

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The BFG’s Gloriumptious Sticker Activity Book (Puffin, 2016) – these sticker books are so much fun. Perfect for anyone making summer travel plans, this would be a perfect activity for petites who are going to be on a plane or in a car for extended time.


Roald Dahl’s Story-Sketcher this story-sketcher is perfect for petites who are 6-8 years old, it is 128 pages featuring some of Dahl’s most popular stories.  A perfect introduction to Dahl and his creative mind.

And for the super fans of BFG, how could you possibly resist this Pop! Vinyl of The Big Friendly Giant?  I didn’t think so.  This fellow needs to be on your petites bookshelf, don’t you think?



Writing…a Better Resolution


The new year always brings about resolutions and goal setting.  However, I feel like I only make it to about mid-January especially when it comes to new exercise plans.  However, this year I want to make a goal to take some time to unplug from technology and write, whether it is just random thoughts, lists or goals for the week.  I want to make sure I do this.  But you can’t write your lovely thoughts down on just any old notepad now can you?  I’ve rounded up some of my absolute favorite notebooks and journals.

Notebooks and Journals

Notebooks – I love these Apica notebooks there is something about the paper, it is so smooth and easy to write on.  I buy them locally at an Asian market, but you can also find them here.  What is really neat about them is that although they have cardstock covers, the binding is really strong and they do not fall apart.   I’ve used them as travel journals in the past and love them.

Traditional Writers – will love the timeless simplicity of the moleskin notebooks, no frills here, but a true gem, used by many great minds, Van Gogh, Picasso and Hemingway…to learn more about the history of these notebooks read here, it is quite an interesting read.

Travel Note Book – These lovely journal will keep you on track for all of your traveling goals for 2015.  There is something about fine stationary that is vibrant that just begs you to write in it.  Another lovely selection are these lovely floral journals all from the Rifle Paper Co.

Kate Spade notebooks are sure to impress, these can be found at Paper Source, I love the black and white stripes.

Studio Oh has some very delightful and colorful journals and notebooks, I love the brightly colored covers.  They are a great price too.  Live the Life You’ve Imagined | The Trio

One Line a Day Journals are perfect for the bussiest of people, one line only – you’ve got that.  This hardcover bound beauty would be perfect for you to jot down your thought.  Not to mention it is published by Chronicle so you know its going to be great.

Gratitude journal I stumbled across this book at this incredibly calming shop called The Writers’ Workshoppe on our travels in Port Townsend, Wa – this is a place where you can go into a calm and serene environment and look at all the tools you might need to procure to write your next novel.  This journal is small and helps you keep focus on the positive, which I really like.

There are tons of options out there for lovely journals and note books.  I’ve even seen some fantastic tutorials on making your own, my favorite one is from Amber at Damask Love, it’s a great tutorial using composition books and pretty paper from Paper Source.  Love her site.

So many options to choose from, I think the hardest part of this resolution will be choosing which journal you like the best.