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Fantastic Mr. Fox [Paperback]

Roald Dahl , Quentin Blake
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Aug. 21 2007
Nobody outfoxes Fantastic Mr. Fox!

Someone's been stealing from the three meanest farmers around, and they know the identity of the thief—it's Fantastic Mr. Fox! Working alone they could never catch him; but now fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don't know is that they're not dealing with just any fox—Mr. Fox would rather die than surrender. Only the most fantastic plan can save him now.

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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.   --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC March 11 2004
By A Customer
The fantasy written by Ronald Dahl titled Fantastic Mr. Fox will keep you in stitches. This story takes place on a farm where three farmers lived. One was fat, one was short, and one was lean. Their names where Boggis, Bunce and Beans. The most important character of them all is the fantastic Mr. Fox. Mr. Fox steals from the farmers. He steals chickens, turkeys and cider from the farmers. As a result of his stealing, the farmers want to catch and kill him. But will it work? Check the book out and see.
I recommend this story to kids of all ages. This book is a must read book. It is a humorous book to read. The fox is so sly he steals from the farmers without getting caught sometimes. One time he pushed the limit too far. As a result they went hunting for him. The book is a good book for you if you like to get in trouble. To find out more take an easy trip down to library and check it out.
Ronald Dahl has written more than 8 exquisite books. He is such such a good author himself. This is a book which stand above the clouds. Check it out at your local library and have a ball reading this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic mr fox Oct. 10 2003
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Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
"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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Mr. Dahl June 5 2002
Reading a Roald Dahl book for a bookloving child, -it has to be a success :-)My six year old love this book, as she does with most of Roald Dahl's books.
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
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, funny and not a little cruel. Sept. 19 2001
There seems to have been a major shift in children's literature recently, thanks, of course, to the pre-eminence of Harry Potter. The latter is a hero parents can be proud of - bespectacled, middle-class, studious: the subtext is education is fun, enlightening and empowering.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars too short of a story but interesting story
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.
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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 more
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Published on Jan. 19 2012 by Sarah Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
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
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic funny book
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 more
Published on Jan. 29 2010 by Melanie Fricot
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids will love it!
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny short animal story from Roald Dahl
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 more
Published on Dec 26 2009 by Frances L. Arsenault
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Fun
Three nasty farmers decide to get rid of the fox and his family once and for all. The fox finds himself in a predicament but after some thinking he comes up with a plan that... Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2007 by Nicola Mansfield
3.0 out of 5 stars strangest book ever
Have you ever seen a fox family so brave to survive from evil farmers?
Mr.Fox and his family have to survive with out coming out of their hole because the farmers will shoot... Read more
Published on April 8 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Mr.Fox
In Fantastic Mr. Fox three rich farmers were trying to shoot a fox. One farmer is fat and has chickens and eats three a day. One farmer is very short. Read more
Published on March 4 2004
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