Roald Dahl’s BFG agrees with me…

“Grown-up human beans is not famous for their kindnesses. They is all squifflerotters and grinksludgers.”

– The Big Friendly Giant

IMG_0624 IMG_0625

I wish I had this quote from Roald Dahl’s classic BFG when I wrote Grow Down… It seems that Roald Dahls “Big Friendly Giant” and I have a similar outlook on things: 1) it is inappropriate to eat human “beans” and 2) grown-up human “beans” are not as fully developed as we are made to think. The articulately creative giant is astute: Many adults are certainly prone to squifflerotting and grinksluding. [Although, little Sophie may have a point about the Queen of England being an excellent person. After all, the Queen does treat the BFG very kindly and she does save humanity from the fleshgobblers without resorting to violence.]

In Grow Down, I said a similar thing… albeit with different and perhaps less profound words:

“Adults are a lot like Twinkies.”


Related articles

12 Quotes From Roald Dahl for Book Lovers
Shadows-to-Life: The generational transition from Psalm 22 to 23
BFG by Roald Dahl and A Dream in a Bottle
11 Things You Didn’t Know About Roald Dahl
Steven Spielberg May Direct ‘The BFG,’ Based on Roald Dahl Book [Updated]
Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s