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Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Fantastic Mr. Fox (1970)

by Roald Dahl

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Summary: Mr. Fox, a clever thief, incites the ire of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce, and Bean, by stealing their poultry and cider. He's been doing it for years, but the farmers have finally had it. They vow to do anything it takes to kill Mr. Fox, including camping outside of his den and digging out the entire hill where the den is. But Mr. Fox is far too clever for them; though he has a few narrow misses (and loses his beautiful tail), he manages to escape the farmers by digging deeper and deeper into the ground. But the clincher is when he burrows into the storehouses of Boggis, Bunce, and Bean, providing enough food for his family and all of the other woodland creatures who live in burrows.

Review: This story is very unique, as are most of Roald Dahl's stories; his books are always so fantastical. Though the language in this book is fairly simple, the plot is very involved; Dahl is a master at weaving a wonderful story with a few well-selected words. This story walks the line between fairy tale and farce; the balance between charm and humor is simply superb. The parallelism between the description of the farmers, and the alliteration of their names (Boggis, Bunce, and Bean) are just two of the features that make this story so much fun. The only thing that stops me from giving this book five stars is the illustrations. Perhaps it is only that I am used to a version of this book illustrated by Roald Dahl himself, but I did not think that the illustrations really matched the story. The illustrations were a little too detailed and pretty for me. They were heavy on charm, which threw off the balance between charming and chuckle-worthy cultivated by the words of the story. In spite of this, I would highly recommend this book (though an edition also illustrated by the author).

Central Idea of Fantastic Mr. Fox: Never underestimate a fox. ( )
  jlampr1 | Sep 9, 2014 |
Relatively thin but also amusing to read aloud to the children. ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
adventure, action ( )
  SchusReadingStars | Jun 16, 2014 |
The pictures in the story help tell the story as much as the words do. Great use of artwork and language. ( )
  EmilySansovich | Apr 27, 2014 |
Boggis, Bunce, and Bean were three mean farmers who Mr. Fox had a habit of stealing food from for him and his family. Resenting Mr. Fox's thefts, the farmers joined forces to kill Mr. Fox. They tried to starve him out but Mr. Fox had a more brilliant idea and he outwits the farmers.

Personal Reaction:
Growing up in the farming business I can understand the farmer's frustration. We sometimes would have problems with coyotes killing our animals. This story is not too complicated to follow and wasy to be understood by smaller children.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1.Use the internet to print out character masks (fox, mouse,rabbit, badger, chicken) and tell why you chose to be that animal, according to the story.
2.Make a chart describing each of the farmers. Illustrate each farmer and then place the farmer with the right description.
  MissSuzieQ | Mar 25, 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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Seven editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

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