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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.
From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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 3 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
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 morePublished on Nov. 1 2007 by Amazon Customer