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Fantastic Mr. Fox (1970)

by Roald Dahl

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    The Fox Busters by Dick King-Smith (Polenth)
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    The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (themulhern)
    themulhern: Kipling's animal stories are generally more sentimental and often more talky than "Fantastic Mr. Fox". Frequently, humans are very prominent and the animals are in a position of devoted servitude. But the short story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" is quick moving and exciting, and the little mongoose who is the protagonist is a very independent character.… (more)
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    James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (sturlington)
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Short, fast book, with a very good tone. The author's reading is excellent. Since the book is short, it reaches the end very quickly; as with other Dahl books that I can remember, the end is unsatisfying. ( )
  themulhern | Apr 1, 2015 |
Three mean farmers try to starve out a fox and his family, but the Fantastic Mr. Fox gets the better of them.

This is a short and funny tale, with clear bad guys -- the three farmers, one fat, one short, one lean, all with disgusting eating habits -- and clear good guys -- the fox family and the other underground critters. Mr. Fox steals chickens, geese and ducks from the farms, but we're rooting for him anyway, because he clearly is so much more sophisticated and dapper than his human foes, who only want to kill him. This story doesn't have as much substance as James and the Giant Peach or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but it is great fun to read aloud and a must for all Dahl fans.

Read aloud to my son (2015). ( )
  sturlington | Mar 9, 2015 |
Funny story of very clever, chicken-stealing Fantastic Mr. Fox and how he outsmarts three awful farmers. Dahl does a wonderful job of portraying Boggis, Bunce, and Bean and disgusting, rude, and horrible. They deserve to be stolen from! Mr. Fox is a wonderful husband, father, and friend to other animals. I would definitely use this with a Roald Dahl unit - he really knows how characterize the villains of the story! ( )
  amrahmn | Feb 7, 2015 |
Fantastic Mr Fox translated into Scots edition. Don't know about the English version, haven't read that one but this one in my own language is hilarious! :) ( )
  SilverThistle | Dec 30, 2014 |
I appreciate how this book takes a fox, who can usually be stereotypically be viewed as a mean creature, and makes him the protagonist. The farmers, who are usually viewed as upstanding citizens, are portrayed in a more negative light. The fox is stealing from the farmers in creative ways and the farmers repeatedly try and stop him. This book does a good job of creating a young hearted story and making it challenging and interesting so that is is not too simple or an easy read. Even though it is only 91 pages, there is a lot of great vocabulary and writing found throughout that will help children grow. The main purpose of this book is to show how smartness and cunning are attributes that can be used to overcome those trying to keep you down. ( )
  ajfurman | Dec 2, 2014 |
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In the tradition of The Adventures of Peter Rabbit, this is a "garden tale" of farmer versus vermin, or vice versa. The farmers in this case are a vaguely criminal team of three stooges: "Boggis and Bunce and Bean / One fat, one short, one lean. / These horrible crooks / So different in looks / Were nonetheless equally mean." Whatever their prowess as poultry farmers, within these pages their sole objective is the extermination of our hero--the noble, the clever, the Fantastic Mr. Fox. Our loyalties are defined from the start; after all, how could you cheer for a man named Bunce who eats his doughnuts stuffed with mashed goose livers? As one might expect, the farmers in this story come out smelling like ... well, what farmers occasionally do smell like.

This early Roald Dahl adventure is great for reading aloud to three- to seven-year-olds, who will be delighted to hear that Mr. Fox keeps his family one step ahead of the obsessed farmers. When they try to dig him out, he digs faster; when they lay siege to his den, he tunnels to where the farmers least expect him--their own larders! In the end, Mr. Fox not only survives, but also helps the whole community of burrowing creatures live happily ever after. With his usual flourish, Dahl evokes a magical animal world that, as children, we always knew existed, had we only known where or how to look for it. (Great read aloud for any age; written at a 9- to 12-year-old reading level)

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