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Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Fantastic Mr. Fox (original 1970; edition 1986)

by Roald Dahl, Donald Chaffin (Illustrator)

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Title:Fantastic Mr. Fox
Authors:Roald Dahl
Other authors:Donald Chaffin (Illustrator)
Info:Alfred A. Knopf (1986), Edition: First, Hardcover, 62 pages
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Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl (1970)

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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.

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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 |
I listened to the audiobook version of the classic Roald Dahl book because it's performed by several prominent British actors. Roald Dahl's language is rhythmic and silly, so this book lends itself well to an audiobook format. The story is engaging, but it's the narration by Chris O'Dowd that really makes this book. He does a fantastic job of changing his accent and voices to match the characters. I think Roald Dahl stories are great for reluctant readers, and this audiobook format may capture the attention of a child who does not wish to read the book version. The story of Fantastic Mr. Fox is a little scary, so I wouldn't recommend it to children under the age of nine.
  Megs_Scrambled | Mar 16, 2014 |
This book is about a fox who lives near 3 farms.
He has a family and they eat animals in the farms.
But the farmers didn't want him to do it,
so one day, they set a scary animal track for him.
But he was really clever, so they couldn't catch him.

This book was amazing. I liked this book very much. ( )
  AoMizuno | Mar 5, 2014 |
Just finished reading this to my 5 year old. Not sure I would have read it too her at an earlier age. Fun to read along as the clever Mr. Fox tries to outwit the seemingly dimwitted farmers and keep his family fed and safe. The word stupid and fat are used a bit through the story as well as use of guns. There is also a chicken getting its head eaten off by Mr. Fox. Too harsh - perhaps? But for kids who know "the circle of life" and tales of real world farming - I didn't find it too bad. ( )
  dms02 | Feb 27, 2014 |
A book about a fox stealing from 3 farmers. He succeeds. ( )
  laura225 | Feb 18, 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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The adventures of Mr. Fox and three mean farmers who want to destroy the fox and his family.

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