Fantastic Mr. Fox

by Roald Dahl

Paperback, 1998



Local notes

PB Dah




Puffin (1998), 96 pages


Three farmers, each one meaner than the other, try all-out warfare to get rid of the fox and his family.


Original language


Original publication date


Physical description

96 p.; 5.02 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member lisa211
This is one of those backyard gardens tales, featuring the ever so clever and resourceful Mr. Fox who frequently outsmarted three most unpleasant farmers, namely Boggis, Bunce and Bean, each time he went up to their farms to get his family dinner everyday. The farmes did whatever he coud so they
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could catch Mr. Fox but everytime they failed.

One day, they ended up fed up with their failures on catching Mr Fox, so they tried to get him at their entrance hole to the Foxes den. Their plan wa sto shoot and kill as Mr. Fox shows himself, but the plan changed to digging him up. In result, they trapped Mr. Fox and his family and other "diggers" starve by the farmers action. Mr Fox could only make this up to his family and the rest of his friends by digging his way out of trouble. While he digs out his brilliant plan, the thre farmers just sits patiently at the gates.

Once again, an awesome story for kids, not quite a morally uplifting book but it's an awesome book I enjoyed reading and I be placing this in the list of books I would be reading to my future kids for them to enjoy this gem. Got to love the front cover. Interesting characters and great plots for kids to actually enjoy.
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LibraryThing member ajfurman
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
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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.
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LibraryThing member Whisper1
In his usual style, Dahl's tale is filled with nasty, evil adults and clever, resourceful children and animals who out "fox" the older people.

The meanees in this story are the three B Farmers Boggs, Bunce and Bean. Boogs the chicken farmer is enormously fat; Bunce the duck and goose farmer is
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pot-bellied, small and has a beastly temper; Bean, the turkey and apple farmer, is lean because he doesn't eat but simply drinks vast amounts of his hard cider.

Vowing to kill the fox because he is eating their stock piles, The Three B's dig until there is little ground left. The fox and his fellow ground dwelling diggers out smart the farmers and dig themselves right into the hen, goose and cider house. While, back at the fox hole the farmers wait, and wait and wait and wait.

While this is a children's story, there are two serious questions woven in the tale:
When is it ok to kill?
Is stealing justified if it staves off starvation.
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LibraryThing member Bagpuss
Mr Fox lives with his wife and children on the hillside near to three incompetent farmers – Boggis, Bunce and Bean. He’s a cunning hunter (well, he is a fox!) who provides amply for his family, much to the irritation of the farmers, from whose farms he gets his supplies. Boggis, Bunce and Bean
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have had enough, and they vow to starve the fox family out of their den. But Mr Fox has a plan – and together with the other inhabitants of the hill he plans a feast fit for kings. Will Fox’s plan prevail or will the farmers achieve their aim?

I enjoyed this Dahl book very much, and as ever I adore the Quentin Blake illustrations.
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LibraryThing member JWarren42
Fox's utopic vision is the dream of the middle-class white parent: the safe, controlled space. He outfoxes the farmers, and this feels like justice, but the end result is the survivalist plan. A fantastic study of the non-science-fiction utopia.
LibraryThing member dms02
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
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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.
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LibraryThing member AoMizuno
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.
LibraryThing member lnpowers
This was a Roald Dahl book that I hadn't read as a child and I enjoyed it immensely. Dahl's quirky and vivid style of writing creates a world that is easily entered and enjoyed. The illustrations enhanced the experience. The characters are highly developed and not always in the most flattering
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This book could be used in a library program where the children compare the book with its film adaptation.
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LibraryThing member amrahmn
Funny story of very clever, chicken-stealing Fantastic Mr. Fox and how he outsmarts three awful farmers. Dahl does a wonderful job of portraying Boggis, Bunce, and Bean and disgusting, rude, and horrible. They deserve to be stolen from! Mr. Fox is a wonderful husband, father, and friend to other
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animals. I would definitely use this with a Roald Dahl unit - he really knows how characterize the villains of the story!
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LibraryThing member sturlington
Three mean farmers try to starve out a fox and his family, but the Fantastic Mr. Fox gets the better of them.

This is a short and funny tale, with clear bad guys -- the three farmers, one fat, one short, one lean, all with disgusting eating habits -- and clear good guys -- the fox family and the
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other underground critters. Mr. Fox steals chickens, geese and ducks from the farms, but we're rooting for him anyway, because he clearly is so much more sophisticated and dapper than his human foes, who only want to kill him. This story doesn't have as much substance as James and the Giant Peach or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but it is great fun to read aloud and a must for all Dahl fans.

Read aloud to my son (2015).
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LibraryThing member vonze
A very cute book to read aloud to kids. Although it's a young reader's chapter book, there's a small illustration on nearly every page, which keeps it entertaining for the under seven crowd. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I think it's especially cute for boys because there's lots of digging, chasing,
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guns, and heavy equipment.

I've seen several movies based on Dahl's work. We all know Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. However, prior to this book, I'd never read Dahl's work. It was cute, fast paced, and entertaining. My family loves the movie of the Fantastic Mr. Fox, and we were curious about the differences in Dahl's book and the Wes Anderson's film. Anderson certainly added his own style to the work, but stays true to the spirit of the story. Dahl's plot is much shorter and there's less character development for anyone but Mr. Fox.

I noticed that some parents were concerned about the drinking of hard cider in the story. I was a little surprised that even one of Mr. Fox's children partakes, although behind his dad's back. But, as Dahl is from Wales, you have to take this scene with a grain of salt. From my understanding, having known people from Wales, tobacco products are considered much worse in Wales than alcohol. They see it as something that compliments a meal and not for sake of pure drunkenness. Ultimately, it's up to parents to decide what their kids are ready for. It could be a good opportunity to talk about drinking or American culture vs. European culture.
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LibraryThing member ChazziFrazz
I wanted something fun to read and chose this. I couldn't stop till I finished it.

Mr. Fox is up against the three meanest farmers in the area. They are out to get him for stealing and they won't stop till they do! But they aren't aware of how skilled and tricky Mr. Fox is!

The three farmers each try
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to catch him but have no luck, so they decide to band together. They are not awayr of how sly Mr. Fox is. Not only does he want to save his family, he also wants to help the other forest creatures survive the meanness of the three farmers.

By Mr. Fox's cunning and wit he is able to help his woodland neighbours trick and survive the three farmers.

Told with humour and illustrated by Quentin Blake, this is a fun read for child and adult.
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LibraryThing member RoboJonelle
When I was a child, I was a fan of Roald Dahl, and now that my younger brother, who is 10, is reading him, I decided to pick up the books again for a fun quick read. The first one was Fantastic Mr. Fox. As an adult, I really appreciated Dahl's fun writing style, I think this makes it easier for
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children to connect to a story which ultimately makes then want to read more, which is always great. The story is quite amusing and funny even for the older folk. I think Dahl's children's novels are a great read for everyone. It's also nice that now I have even more to chat with my lil' bro about :)
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LibraryThing member abbylibrarian
A cute and funny story about a fox outwitting a trio of ill-tempered farmers. Kids will cheer when the Fantastic Mr. Fox finds a solution to help all the animals. Narrated by the author, this CD makes a good family audiobook.
LibraryThing member PSequeira
Great for introducing chapter books to students. Filled with rich imagery and detail. Writer's style shows a strong attention to detail (very descriptive in his writing). Read as a Read Aloud to my students. They seemed to really enjoy its grotesque humor and wit.
LibraryThing member Brianna82
Personal Response:
The Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of Roald Dahl's best children's novels that gives human attributes to animals (foxes, badgers, mole's, etc.). It's like his version of Beatrix Potter, but with a twist of humor. Wonderfully good story that has been recently adapted to stop-motion
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animation by cinematic auteur Wes Anderson.

Plot Review:
The Fantastic Mr. Fox, a children’s novel published by British author Roald Dahl illustrated by Donald Chaffin in December 1970 and Quentin Blake in 2007. In the book and movie, the plot follows the life of a clever fox that cannot resist the temptation of stealing the poultry from local farmers to place on his family dinner table. The farmers collaborate to stop Mr. Fox, and the plot thickens.

Adventure, revenge, humor, cunning, irony.
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LibraryThing member stipe168
everything dahl touches is gold. there are very few writers as fun to read as him.
LibraryThing member alaskabookworm
I read this aloud to the kids on a rainy day while camping last summer. A good read-aloud book. My kids all adore Dahl's books.
LibraryThing member aerae95
I think Mr.Fox was really brave and kind to others. I was worry about he might be shot by the hunter, but he was too fast and smart so he was able torun away.
If you want to know more abut this book then try read this book!!!
LibraryThing member Black_samvara
Childhood favourite. Fantastic Mr Fox saves his family and the entire wild animal community from starving to death through outwitting the evil and gluttonous Boggis brothers.
LibraryThing member euang
Class 4S Newstead School: We think that Fantastic Mr Fox is one of the best books we have read at school. We liked it so much that we bought the play and we are now working on that. The characters of the farmers were fantastic, we especially liked the way Roald Dahl described Bean and his ears with
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chewing gum, wax and dead flies. We are now looking forward to Big Writing day to write what happens next.
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LibraryThing member rossryanross
Dahl is a masterful storyteller. He is particularly good at building suspense; he writes disgusting, vivid descriptions of the farmers. To cap it all off, Quentin Blake's illustrations are wonderfully comic. Fantastic Mr. Fox is a terrific book for parents and children, one that begs to be read
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aloud. Schedule it in over the course of an evening.
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LibraryThing member Gabrielle821
This is one book that no matter how old you are, you must read. When I was younger I was obsessed with Roald Dahl, and read every book he wrote, but this book was always my favorite. It's a quick read, so you don't need to stay up late at night every night to finish it. If you've ever read any of
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Roald Dahl's books before you already know the imagination that exists in all his stories and he does not miss that here. I constantly find myself picking this book up, and even if I don't have time to read it again (which I have done too many times to count) I always find myself thinking about how I use to read it over and over as a child.
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LibraryThing member coralsiren
Roald Dahl is a wonderful storyteller. This is yet another great children's story and I loved the illustrations.
LibraryThing member TakeItOrLeaveIt
I remember adoring this book when I read it when I was...well it was around the time of the huge LA earthquake in 1996 because i remember reading it at my dad's town home he was living at in Santa Monica at the time. I remember being really excited and wanting him to read it after I finished it. I
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think he did too. it's a great tale of deception raw and pure and i can't wait to see what Wes Anderson wil make of it.
when i wrote this review there were, 1,242 members. we'll see what happens after the movie hits.
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