Fantastic Mr. Fox Paperback – Aug 16 2007
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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"This reprint of the 1970 edition tells the story of clever Mr. Fox, his adoring wife, and their four small children, who outsmart three of the nastiest, ugliest, and ultimately dumbest farmers ever to raise poultry. Librarians will want to consider purchasing this newly released edition."--Booklist.
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"Boggis and Bunce and Bean / one fat one short one lean/these horrible crooks / so different in looks / were nonetheless equally mean."
Roald Dahl's story, Fantastic Mr Fox is aimed at 7 to 10 year olds. I reviewed this book because it deserves getting a mention and I think every one should read it.
The story is a basic farmer vs vermin story (similar to the story of peter rabbit) Mr Fox the hero lives in his burrow with his family of four little foxes and his wife called Mrs Fox. Every night before dinner, Mr fox asks Mrs fox what she would want for dinner a nice plump goose or a chicken (of course they both come with cider). The foxes lived up on a hill under a tree and every night Mr Fox would go out and sneak into three mean farms as quoted earlier and steal a chicken or goose and some cider. The farmers had known about Mr Fox for some time and planned to shoot him as soon as he comes out of his hole (the Fox avoids this). I wont give too much of the story away but it involves big machines, digging, complaining badgers rabbits etc and stealing. The pictures on every 3rd page are done by Quentin Blake.
This is one of the early books from Roald Dahl's pen, but he has already started to develop his special style, the style making the small readers or listeners open their eyes and ears a little extra, wow, can this really be true? And of course all we read is true, in the world of Roald Dahl. Every kid instinctively understand this and can inhabit the Dahl-world in seconds.
Fantastic Mr. Fox is about Mr. Fox and his fight for his family's life, to escape from the three farmers, Boggis and Bunce and Bean, one fat one short one lean. Our loyalty is set right in the beginning of the book, and then we can fight with Mr. Fox and his children through the pages. Mr. Fox is always at least one step ahead of the three farmers, and his plans are so fantastic none of us have fantasy enough to come up with them ourselves, but when we read about the fox we say to ourselves, of course, it has to be like this, just like it was our own idea from the beginning.
No one can write fantastic stories like Roald Dahl. I am happy and thankful for all the books he manage to give us.
Britt Arnhild Lindland
The major children's writer before JK Rowling was Roald Dahl, who boasted few of these virtues, offering children cruel wit, and a morbid, often murderous mistrust of parents, adults, education and authority in general. He also implied that children could be malevolent and destructive. Parents hated him - I had to discover Dahl through friends; my mum bought me Enid Blyton. There was always the thrilling feeling that you were doing something illicit or conspiratorial reading Roald Dahl.
The hero of 'Fantastic Mr Fox' is a thief, a violater of property and business, and a murderer and torturer of animals, traits unlikely to endear him to the English middle classes. On the other hand, he rejoices in family values, still endearingly in love with his wife, and a great father. Under impossible odds, he tries to save his family and a host of other animals from the cruelty of three vile farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, who are sick of the varmint's nocturnal sorties for their produce.
First they try to shoot him, but only pepper his tail (a deliciously gruesome episode). Next they dig into his tunnel, but he can dig faster. They use huge mechanical diggers, turning a hill into a valley. They try to starve him, surrounding the area with weapon-wielding minions.
The story of 'Fox' is very simple with few twists and turns.Read more ›
Our loyalties are well-defined early in the story, and even despite real-life contradictions, we end up rooting for Mr. Fox and cheering for him as a symbol of good, while at the same time allowing Boggis, Bunce and Bean to symbolise evil. At the part of the story where Mr. Fox's tail is shot off, we feel extremely sorry for our hero. The story takes an unexpected twist with the three farmers showing their greed with their tractors and their fierce measures to get Mr. Fox out of his hole, and is one of those instances where Dahl shows us that greed and selfishness are undesirable in society. But they don't realise the cleverness and handsome nature of Mr. Fox in actually winning the battle by finding a most unusual way into their own larders, where they don't want him to be, and we end up cheering for him in the end during the feast.
Overall, I find that this book is sure to be counted among Roald Dahl's best, and he is certainly right in calling it his best-balanced book. This can be recommended to even older readers and not just to the young, at whom the book is aimed.
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This book is about three farmers trying to kill a fox named fantastic Mr Fox. BEST BOOK EVER badgers,foxes,weasels and rabbits. IT IS AWESOME.Published 8 months ago by Logan
The story is pretty simple, easy to follow, but it's too short.
It's good for beginning reader to try to read a chapter book.
I remember my older brother reading this for school and how disappointed I was when I had reached that grade and was not required to read it. Read morePublished on July 8 2013 by A. Fountain
You can't go wrong with this. A perfect book to read to children, but be warned bedtime may be later than you anticipated as you read just 'one more chapter' to see what happens.Published on Jan. 19 2012 by Sarah Ward
Bought this for my 8yr old nephew & he loves it. They have just started to read it in school too. Great buy.Published on Feb. 28 2010 by Clarence's wife
This is one of our grade one class' favourite books. The story starts with three mean farmers trying to kill Mr. Fox, but they only shoot his tail. But Mr. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2010 by Melanie Fricot
Bought as a read-aloud book for grade three. Read it myself, liked it, and know they will, too. Want to read it to them before they see the movie then we can compare the two.Published on Dec 28 2009 by TwoTwo
I had read this funny short story from Roald Dahl, author of The BFG (a favorite Roald Dahl story), about a very clever fox who steal poultry from three mean farmer neighbors for... Read morePublished on Dec 26 2009 by Frances L. Arsenault