Last year, we read The BFG by Roald Dahl. It’s such a great book. If frobscottle doesn’t make your kids laugh, nothing will. And if you read it aloud, you get to try to do the queen’s voice. Hello!
Well, this great work of children’s literature had an unexpected impact on Mushroom and BalletBoy. From the moment they heard it, everything in their imaginary universe began joining up with the BFG. It began slowly, but at this point, the Big Friendly Network has taken over everything. First, the BF Network began sponsoring bathtime, when Mushroom and BalletBoy play some sort of game involving the bath toys. Next, the BF Network began designing websites. Carnivals and festivals were started by the BF Company. They opened a theme park. The BF Company began selling things. They opened restaurants, including a healthy fast food chain that is trying to challenge McDonald’s for market dominance. They came up with the BF Pad, a gaming platform where you can download and play games with friends. The BF Company started an airline and a bus company to take you wherever you want to go. Whenever Mushroom and BalletBoy play any type of game, they inevitably tell me that it’s about to become a show on the BF Network, with an accompanying website designed by the BF Company, of course. The BF Network just started BF Little Kids, a network just for younger viewers. The Big Friendly Company makes Legos. They control Star Wars. They bring you Avatar: The Last Airbender and Phineas and Ferb.
I think they even brought you this blog post. From what I can tell, the Big Friendly Company is the world’s biggest monopoly on children’s entertainment and products. It’s like Disney, only maybe even BIGGER, not to mention more creepy sounding. I mean, is there a more big brother sounding name than the Big Friendly Company?
Does this mean my kids will one day be brilliant businessmen? Is this the result of my constant media literacy brainwashing that they imagine these massive corporations controlling everything? Or do they just have some crazy awesome imaginations and do you just never know where they’re going to go?
3 thoughts on “Brought to You by the Big Friendly Network”
Glad to see that pajamas are not meant to match. My two sons never seem to wear the matching tops and bottoms but prefer to mix and match. It seems that at least one of your sons feels the same. lol Maybe it is the BF Company pjs.
You shall not crucify the BFG upon a cross of early readers.
I keep seeing this book when out and about with the kids, but as that is quite chaotic, never have had a chance to pick it up and see what it was about. Sounds good. Love Roald Dahl, so we will add it to our read alouds list. Thanks, Farrar!
Btw, my kids have put books on the floor in a cross-shaped pattern, too, and when I asked about it, they said something to the effect of, “Duh, it’s a road, Mom. This is an intersection.” What do I know.