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The top 10 Roald Dahl quotes from The BFG

We love Roald Dahl books here at Book People, and with excitement high among Dahl fans due to the release of Steven Spielberg and Disney’s adaptation of The BFG, we thought we would run through our top ten Roald Dahl quotes from The BFG book.

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“If I were a giant…” children’s drawings


A family of giant friends? One giant eye? An infinite supply of cupcakes?

These are just some of the creative responses we received when asking a year two class to describe what they’d do if they were a giant.

To celebrate the release of Disney’s upcoming adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG, we wanted to really get into the creative spirit. So we decided to ask a class of six- to seven-year-olds to tell us what they’d look like, and what they’d do if they suddenly found themselves to be of giant proportions. And from helping people celebrate their birthdays to creating some pretty wacky flavours of ice cream all the live long day, we were totally blown away with the imaginative responses!

The class gave their giant selves some pretty awesome features too. Some highlights include long rainbow hair, the ability to change colour when eating cherries, and huge fluffy wings! You can find a collage of the creative designs just below:


Inspired by the children’s creative minds, we’ve brought a couple of our favourite designs to life. Just below you’ll find Phoebe Finneran’s exceptionally huge giant, complete with horns, spots and the ability to lift houses; as well as James Hirst’s creative creature, with six arms, one enormous eye and unmistakably huge ears – brilliant!


Phoebe Finneran, 2016


James Hirst, 2016

Mrs Greenbank, a year two teacher at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School in Birstall tells us just how much the children loved this project: “The children really enjoyed designing their own giants and it was amazing to see the different traits of each one. 

We have always enjoyed reading Roald Dahl books here at school, especially The BFG as all the children love how creative the story is and how he plays around with language and makes up new words.

Roald Dahl’s The BFG tells the heart-warming story of young Sophie, and her adventures with the BFG (Big Friendly Giant, for those that are unfamiliar). Sophie soon learns that the BFG is a one-of-a-kind, and from snozzcumbers to whizzpoppers, the film follows the trials and tribulations they must face in order to avoid the not-so-friendly giants out there – all with the imaginative language and creative twists you can expect from Roald Dahl.

If your children would like to try their hand at drawing their own terrifying (or not-so-terrifying) giant, download our template below and get creative!


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Fascinating Facts About Sherlock Holmes

Blog_PromoBanner_576x245_SherlockHolmesOn this day in 1859, the man who was to bring the world its most beloved fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. First appearing in print as far back as 1887, Sherlock Holmes has been synonymous with intellect, problem solving and a knack for stating the obvious (in the wonderfully sarcastic isles of Britain, anyway!).

So, to celebrate the great man’s birthday and his most famous creation, we have collected together our favourite facts about Sherlock Holmes which we’re sure you’ll have never heard.

Sherlock Holmes is the second most portrayed movie character in history
That’s right! Not the first, not the third – our dear Sherlock is merely the runner-up, the silver medallist. Having been portrayed by over 90 (90?!) actors on both the big and small screen, and starring in over 292 movies and TV shows (well, according to IMDb), Sherlock comes in an honourable second place to Bram Stoker’s gothic behemoth, Dracula, in terms of on-screen representations.

Sherlock Holmes Actors


Only one Sherlock Holmes story wasn’t set in the Victorian or Edwardian periods
We will have all noticed the period backdrop to the stories of Sherlock Holmes. But in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s later collections of Sherlock Holmes short stories, the legendary detective is catching spies for British intelligence agencies, finally retiring and spending his days beekeeping – ahh!

victorian sherlock


Sherlock Holmes’s parents are never mentioned in any of his stories
Not one mention – imagine being poor Roger and Daphne Holmes (presumed names!). You would be livid, right?! Though he was never the sentimental sort, the only mention of Sherlock Holmes’s family in any of the Sherlock stories (apart from his brother, Mycroft) is in reference to his ancestors.

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Sherlock Holmes never said “Elementary, my dear Watson”
”Elementary” – yes. “My dear Watson” – but of course. The time-old combination of the two phrases, however – never once did it leave his lips. This, though, didn’t stop it becoming a huge part of popular culture and part of Sherlockian folk law. If you’re interested, it was apparently first uttered in the 1929 Clive Brook film The Return of Sherlock Holmes.

sherlock elementary


Sherlock wasn’t always going to be called Sherlock
Did you know he was almost named Sherrinford – just as great a name for a sleuth, or we think so anyway. The name Sherlock comes from (or so the tale goes) a combination of the names of two Nottinghamshire cricketers: Mortdecai Sherwin and Joseph Shacklock. Doyle himself was a keen (and talented) cricketer, so we’d like to think this is the true origin of Sherlock Holmes’s name.

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The name Sherlock Holmes is a little more popular than you think…
According to a number of different sources, at the time of writing this there are 9 people in the UK sporting the name Sherlock Holmes. But that’s nothing compared to the US, where there are 34 lucky beggars signing their cheques with the famous sleuth’s name. But that’s nothing – in the 1911 Census, one entry from a family lists the names of two of their children as Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes. Now THAT’S dedication!

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Sherlock used some detective techniques before real detectives did
Fingerprints – Sherlock. Identification of a suspect by their typewriter – Sherlock. Identifying blood stains – Sherlock. Gauging gunshot firing distance – do we need to go on..? In each of these cases, the great detective used his powers of deduction and scientific prowess to pioneer techniques before they were official used by police.

sherlock experiments

Oscars 2016: Academy Award-nominated films based on books

The nominations are in, and this year, like every year, the 2016 Oscars ceremony will be abuzz with award chatter: winners, losers, snubs and controversies. And, like every year, the Academy will have selected a shortlist of Oscar nominees based in the realm of books. So, to save you the hard work of trawling the internet to find out for yourself, we have collected the complete list of Oscar 2016 nominees inspired by books. Take a look…


The Big Short
The Big Short BookWith an all-star cast including the likes of Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell, The Big Short is sure to be a hit in the cinemas if not on the night of the Oscars ceremony. Based on Michael Lewis’s 2010 non-fiction work of the same name, The Big Short tells the story of four men who foresaw the collapse of the global economy and bet against the banks who had no idea it was coming. But their gamble leads the characters into the dark underbelly of modern banking, media and politics.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing

The Martian
The Martian BookThe buzz surrounding Andy Weir’s The Martian was pretty difficult to avoid. The film, directed by none other than Ridley Scott, stays true to the 2011 novel and follows Matt Damon as Astronaut Mark Watney, as he battles to survive on Mars after being left behind by his crewmates. Realising that his only chance of rescue is a crew scheduled to arrive on Mars in four years, Watney is forced to improvise with his provisions to ensure his survival. Meanwhile, on Earth, teams from NASA and the CNSA work together to get to Watney before his time runs out.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing

Room BookMany will find the subject matter of Emma Donoghue’s Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Room difficult to digest. Based very closely on two similar cases in Austria – those of Natascha Kampusch and Elisabeth Fritzl – Room tells the tragic story of five-year-old Jack and his Ma, who are kept as prisoners in a single-room outbuilding by their captor Old Nick. What Jack doesn’t know is that the things he sees on the TV are real, and that Jack is the product of Old Nick’s rape of Ma. Starring Brie Larson as Ma and introducing Jacob Tremblay as Jack, Room is both entirely heart-breaking and thoroughly uplifting in equal measure.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay

The Revenant
The Revenant BookMany will not have heard of Michael Punke’s 2002 non-fiction novel The Revenant, which tells the story of American frontiersman Hugh Glass. Left for dead by his comrades after being brutally attacked by a bear, Glass is forced to fix his wounds – including setting his own broken bones and tending to deep lacerations – and begins a 200-mile journey to take revenge on those who left him to die. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson, and directed by Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant is a gripping tale of survival and vengeance.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design

Brooklyn BookAdapted from Colm Tóibín’s 2009 novel of the same name by none other than the wonderful Nick Hornby, Brooklyn tells the story of Eilis Lacey, a young woman who is unable to find work in 1950s Ireland and emigrates to New York. While there she falls in love and marries, but when her sister dies back in Ireland, she returns to Ireland and meets an old flame… Starring a hugely talented cast including Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters, Brooklyn is a story about the past catching up with you… wherever you are.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared BookAllan Karlsson is about to celebrate his hundredth birthday with a party his family have organised for him. But he doesn’t want a party, and he doesn’t want to celebrate. Alert despite his age, Allan climbs out of the window in just his slippers and makes his way to the bus station to travel as far as the money in his pocket will allow. When at the bus station he steals another passenger’s suitcase, which is filled with drug money, and Allan finds himself pursued by both the police and drug dealers.

Nominated for: Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey BookWe’re sure that everyone on the planet has at least heard of E.L. James’s 2011 erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey, and many are probably more than a little acquainted with the book’s content. College senior Ana attends a newspaper interview with wealthy entrepreneur Christian Grey. Finding him attractive and intimidating, the two begin a sexual relationship. The film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, and is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.

Nominated for: Best Music (Original Song)

Spectre BookOriginally stylised in Ian Flemming’s 1961 James Bond novel Thunderball, Spectre marks the first time that the organisation have appeared in a James Bond film since 1971’s Diamonds are Forever, starring Sean Connery. Though not really based on a book at all, but starring a character and themes that have been well represented in literature, Spectre reintroduces audiences to a number of key James Bond characters, including M, Q and Eve Moneypenny. Spectre stars Daniel Craig in his fourth outing as agent 007, and is directed by Sam Mendes.

Nominated for: Best Music (Original Song)

The Danish Girl
The Danish Girl BookA fictionalized account of one of the first identifiable people to undergo sex reassignment surgery in the 1930s, David Ebershoff’s 2000 novel The Danish Girl tells the true story of Lili Elbe and the struggles she went through to transition from a man to a woman during the early 20th century. Starring last year’s Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne and Testament of Youth actress Alicia Vikander, this year’s film has already won numerous awards, particularly for Vikander’s turn as portrait artist Gerda Wegener.

Nominated for: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design

Carol BookBased on Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley author Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt, Carol chronicles the story of a young aspiring photographer and her romantic relationship with an older woman going through a difficult divorce after a chance encounter with each other in a shop – and details the difficulties of living as a homosexual in the 1950s. The film stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, and Kyle Chandler.

Nominated for: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Music (Original Score), Best Adapted Screenplay

We’re sure that no one on the planet would require an introduction to this classic fairy tale, brought to life once again by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on Charles Perrault’s eponymous folk tale and borrowing elements from the 1950 animated picture, Cinderella introduces us once again to a girl who is abused by her stepmother and stepsisters, who has a wish granted by her fairy godmother to attend the ball – where she meets a handsome prince. The film stars Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi, and Helena Bonham Carter.

Nominated for: Best Costume Design

Roald Dahl Day 2015 – Book People’s Top 10 Roald Dahl Characters

With Roald Dahl Day 2015 now upon us, we at Book People wanted to celebrate the day with our lovely customers. So we thought it would be fun to ask them – as they know Roald Dahl’s books better than anyone – which of Roald Dahl characters are their favourites. Do you agree with Book People’s customers’ picks, or do you think another of Roald Dahl’s characters deserves a place in the top 10? Let us know…

Roald Dahl Day 2015 Roald Dahl Characters

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