We’re super excited at Mykidstime because The BFG movie (cert PG) is coming to our cinema screens on July 22nd! Clonakilty Sausages are one of the official partners of The BFG Movie in Ireland and they asked us to pick our favourite gigantic stories for kids to help them get excited for The BFG coming to cinemas. So here’s our list of The BFG and 9 Other Epic Stories with Giants for Kids!
The BFG is the exciting tale of a young girl named Sophie (played by British newcomer Ruby Barnhill) and the mysterious Giant – The BFG (played by Oscar Winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Two of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg – unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic to life. The BFG will be in cinemas in Ireland on July 22nd.
Clonakilty Sausages have an exclusive competition to win one of fifteen sets of family tickets to the Irish premiere in Dublin. The tickets are for a family of four, and at least one adult must attend. What a memory for your family, to be on the red carpet for this launch, and to be amongst the first in Ireland to see the movie!
Entry is simple, you will find a code on 1lb packs of Clonakilty Sausages which you enter on clonakiltyblackpudding.ie/bfg. That’s it! The competition closes on the 13th of July and the premiere is on in the Savoy Dublin on the 17th.
#1. The BFG by Roald Dahl
A true classic and one that should be in every child’s collection! The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants rather than the BFG she would have soon become breakfast.
When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!
#2. Mr Noisy & the Giant
The Mr and Miss books are fantastic stories for sharing and reading with kids of all ages as they are full of fun adventures and quirky characters!
In Mr Noisy & the Giant by Roger Hargreaves, one day, Mr. Noisy meets a very sad and lonely Giant who frightens everyone with his huge voice. Can Mr. Noisy put a smile on the Giant’s face?
#3. The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant by Ted Hughes is another Mykidstime favourite and is widely regarded as a modern classic. A mysterious creature stalks the land, eating barbed wire and devouring tractors and plows. The farmers are mystified and terrified. And then they glimpse him in the night: the Iron Giant, taller than a house, with glowing headlight eyes and an insatiable taste for metal. The hungry giant must be stopped at any cost.
Only a young boy named Hogarth is brave enough to lead the Iron Giant to a safe home. And only Hogarth knows where to turn when a space-bat as big as Australia, hungry for every living thing on Earth, darkens the sky.
#4. The Selfish Giant
The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde is the classic story of a giant whose gloomy outlook and self-centered ways are changed by a remarkable tiny child.
The children loved to play in the Giant’s garden, but when he returned after years away, he said, “What are you doing here?” and the children fled. All but one little boy who crept back into the garden.
A jewel of a book and available in a new illustrated edition of this beloved tale.
Here’s the animated short film of the book to enjoy too:
#5. Odd and the Frost Giants
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman is a humorous, rich and layered tale of a life lived courageously.
Odd’s luck has been bad so far. He lost his father on a Viking expedition, his foot was crushed beneath a tree, and the winter seems to be going on for ever. But when Odd flees to the woods and releases a trapped bear, his luck begins to change. The eagle, bear and fox he encounters reveal they’re actually Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giants who have conquered Asgard, the city of the gods…Can a twelve-year-old boy reclaim Thor’s hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods?
#6. The Smartest Giant in Town
Julia Donaldson can’t really put a foot wrong, we love all her books in our house!
In The Smartest Giant in Town George wished he wasn’t the scruffiest giant in town. So when he sees a new shop selling giant-sized clothes, he decides it’s time for a new look: smart trousers, smart shirt, stripy tie, shiny shoes. Now he’s the smartest giant in town …until he bumps into some animals who desperately need his help and his clothes!
#7. How Do You Feed a Hungry Giant?
In this warmly illustrated and interactive picture book, How Do You Feed a Hungry Giant? by Caitlin Friedman you not only get a story but also 8 “feed a giant” recipes printed in a separate 8-page mini cookbook.
When a boy named Oscar discovers a giant – a very hungry giant holding a sign that says “Food Please” – in his backyard, he knows he can’t turn his back on him. Yet it’s not easy feeding a hungry giant. A whole pizza disappears in a single gulp. Twelve blueberry muffins, 33 jars of peanut butter, 197 chocolate chip cookies – all just an appetizer. So what is little Oscar to do? Just how do you feed a hungry giant? Mum comes to the rescue!
#8. Brian & The Giant by Chris Judge and Mark Wickham
Brian & The Giant is the sequel to Irish Book Award nominated “Brian and the Vikings”. Strange things are happening in Brian’s village – horrible smells, no water in the river – and Brian, the smallest and cleverest boy in the village wants to find out why.
Follow Brian and his brothers as they race across the countryside on their BIGGEST adventure ever.
#9. Daisy and the Trouble with Giants
The Mykidstime team are unanimous in liking the Daisy series by Kes Gray, fun for kids and parents to read together. What has Daisy gone and done this time?! In Daisy and the Trouble with Giants, Daisy has decided she wants to meet a REAL giant! If Daisy met a real giant he’d pick Daisy up and put her on his shoulder and they’d have giant adventures! They’d eat crunchy creams as big as tractor tyres, and if she got thirsty, they’d have giant lemonades out of giant straws. It would be sooooo gooood! Trouble is …if you want to meet a giant you need a magic bean. And finding magic beans can be troublesome …The trouble with giants is they really shouldn’t live at the top of magic beanstalks. If giants didn’t live at the top of magic beanstalks then Daisy is convinced that she wouldn’t have got into big trouble AGAIN!
#10. The Stinky Giant
The Stinky Giant by Ellen Weiss and Mel Friedman is one of the Step Into Reading series of books, designed to give every child a successful reading experience.
Pepper and Jake love herding sheep in the little valley where they live. But there’s a problem a big problem. Urk, a giant who lives on a nearby mountain, is big and stinky and doesn’t care that dumping dirty laundry water in the nearby stream causes a flood down below every single week. So Pepper and Jake hike to Urk’s mountaintop lair to confront him. But there’s no reasoning with a giant, especially one who gives cryptic puzzles to solve. If the kids can solve it, Urk will move away. If not, Pepper and Jake (and their sheep) will be the featured ingredients in Urk’s next bowl of smelly soup!
Over to you now. Are any of these giant stories favourites in your house? Tell us in the comments below!