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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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Rating:****
Tags:fiction, children

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Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl (1970)

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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 |
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 |
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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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