“They maybe is looking a bit propsposterous to you,” the BFG said, “but you must believe me when I say they is very extra-usual ears indeed. They is not to be coughed at.”
“I’m quite sure they’re not,” Sophie said.
“They is allowing me to hear absolutely every single twiddly little thing.”
“You mean you can hear things I can’t hear?” Sophie said.
“You is deaf as a dumpling compared with me!” cried the BFG. “You is hearing only thumping loud noises with those little earwigs of yours. But I am hearing all the secret whisperings of the world!”
—The BFG by Roald Dahl
Dante was quite enchanted with this book in September, and decided that he’d like to be the BFG (aka the Big Friendly Giant) for Halloween. Now, this is not nearly as elaborate a costume concept as, say, an astronaut. The BFG dresses pretty simply — a homespun shirt, a vest, some trousers, and sandals. But he does have a notable feature: his enormous ears.
I am not what you’d call the crafty type. At all. But thanks to some pink foam, a hairband, a glue gun, and this web page, I managed to make some pretty respectable BFG ears for Dante:
(If you want to see bigger versions of these pictures, keep clicking them.)
We were quite pleased with these, but they still didn’t quite convey his giantness. Laura came through beautifully on this. She managed to find these tiny rings with Disney princesses, just the right size to make Dante look like he was holding a little girl in his hand:
Perfect! Huge ears, an itty bitty girl, and we’ve got ourselves a pretty respectable BFG. The only problem was… not many people know who the BFG is. Giant though he may be, his Q Rating can hardly measure up to, say, Batman. Laura to the rescue again — she had the idea to pin a copy of the book cover onto his back, so that when someone asks, “What’s the Big Friendly Giant?”, he could just show them, thus: