Chatting with Lucy Dahl, Daughter of THE BFG’s author Roald Dahl, was a real treat! I loved hearing her childhood stories with her father.
“So it was really amazing growing up with Roald Dahl as my dad because everything was a fairy tale, really, because we were sort of his lab rats [LAUGHS], so to speak, and so he would test his ideas and his characters and people on us, although we didn’t know it at the time. We just thought that we were getting great stories and he created this whole sort of kingdom of where we lived.”
The BFG was actually a story he told to her and her sister every night.
“He lived under our apple orchards which was beyond our garden and every single night, he would blow dreams into my sister and my bedroom…dad would tell us a story about some idea he was brewing. Sometimes it was about the BFG, sometimes it was about some other thing that he was thinking about…We just thought it was a story and then even in the middle of winter, even if it was snowing outside or blizzarding, or whatever, we would always have to leave our little old bedroom window open a crack…so after he told us a story, he would say goodnight, and we would lay there and we would wait for the BFG to come and blow dreams into our room and sure enough…this band with stick would come in…and I would get my dreams and then it would retract.”
She went on to share a funny story abut her dad:
“One night the bamboo stick was coming back through the window and we heard this enormous crash, crash bang and we were told never to go to window to look, but we did and there was my poor old dad at the bottom of the ladder saying I’m fine, I’m fine.”
Here are some other fun things Lucy Dahl shared with us:
- “…he spent a lot of time as an actor would in character, but he was sort of in fantasy land, I suppose, or in his imagination, because we would wake up in the morning and open the door…and we’d go get the milk and sometimes there were a little eggs. Now I know they’re quail eggs, but he said that the MinPins which is another story that he wrote, little people that lived in our woods beyond the orchard had delivered eggs to us overnight and sometimes there were big eggs, duck eggs…they were BFG eggs.”
- “…the BFG’s clothes are copies of my father’s clothes from his cupboard that we still have…My father based him a little bit on himself and a little bit on our great family friend…called Wally Saunders, who worked for my grandmother and he was a country man and he worked in our garden helping dad and he would help dad drive us to and from school.”
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A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kind-hearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children.
*I received an all expense paid trip courtesy of Disney. However, all my opinions are my own.*