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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Roald Dahl / Edition: New Ed / Paperback / 96 Pages / Book is published 2001-04-05 by Puffin Books

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      25.02.2013 16:15

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      One of Dahl's greater works

      This was the first book i ever learned to read on my own and ever since been one of my favourites.

      Here we follow the story of Mr. Fox, Mrs. Fox and their four small foxes as they fight for survival against the mean farmers Boggis, the chicken farmer, Bunce, the duck and goose farmer, and Bean, the turkey and cider farmer. Over 81 pages we follow Mr. Fox as he outwits the farmers over and over again, finding ways to get the food his family need and digging furiously for survival. Together with Badger, Weasel, Rabbit, Mole and various other 'diggers' they find a way to exist without the trouble and strife the farmers cause literally under the farmer's noses.

      What i enjoyed most about this story is imagining the farmers still waiting for Mr Fox to come out. For some reason their stubbornness just sticks in my mind today. Along with that i still sometimes read 'mechanical' as 'ma-chine-ical' whenever i read this book as that's how i thought it was pronounced.

      If, like me, you read this as a child you'll agree that it's definitely a story that sticks in your head all the way through to adulthood. A beautifully written story by Dahl and a great book to start your reading experience with, this is certainly one of Dahl's greater works.

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      03.04.2012 14:29
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      A fantastic book about a fantastic fox with some fantastic surprises along the way

      Fantastic Mr Fox is a cracking little tale for children of all ages and has a few surprises up its sleeve for adult readers as well.

      In writing Fantastic Mr Fox, Roald Dahl employed a range of classic techniques commonly used by children's authors to engage young readers - namely rhyme, repetition and the power of three. No where else in Dahl's back catalogue does he so evidently employ such techniques other than in his 'poetry' like Revolting Rhymes.

      In this respect Fantastic Mr Fox makes for the perfect book for a primary school aged child to learn to read aloud.

      At the same time, I cannot recall a Dahl book which so blatantly weaves adult subject matter into the text. To prevent alarm I had better clear this up immediately - I am alluding to the consumption of alcohol and getting drunk. But even so...

      Few little ones will realise what is really meant by the fact Bean the farmer lives on cider alone. As soon as I read this section out loud to my daughter recently I turned to my husband with raised eyebrows. His look showed the same recognition - Bean is a drunk. I had no idea about this when I was little and first read the book.

      That is how Dahl is so clever. He knows he can get away with such references with children because they will be none the wiser - cider is a lovely drink made from apples - but it will give the adult reader a chuckle. Dahl also paints Bean as the cleverest farmer. Is he trying to say cider lubricates the brain - controversial.

      Dahl even dices with the dubious territory of under-age drinking as the small foxes take a huge swig out of the cider jar and enjoy its effects. Even sensible badger admits he enjoys four glasses a day - one at each mealtime and one before bed.

      Fantastic Mr Fox is ultimately the story of a clever fox outwitting three farmers. The three farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean - see there we have alliteration, repetition and the power of three - are furious at Mr Fox's constant thefts of their chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. As a result, they plot together to stop him once and for all by killing him.

      Dahl doesn't hold back on their intentions for the benefits of little ears. They end up holding Mr Fox, the whole fox family and all the animals living nearby under siege in at attempt to starve him out. But Mr Fox is too resourceful for that. Whilst the three farmers stand guard over the entrance to his home, he is busy digging his way further underground, making tunnels direct to their store houses, for a supply of food on tap.

      Mr Fox shows his supreme cunning by stealing only enough to meet his families and friends needs. He does this to avoid detection but also to show he is not as bad as his adversaries. If we as a reader believe Mr Fox is going wrong by acting like a whiskered Robin Hood, we are corrected through an exchange between Mr Fox and Badger. Mr Fox tells Badger it is OK to be doing what they are doing because it is no crime at all compared to the farmers' crime of potential murder.

      Dahl never feels he has to hold back on the gruesome details in his books despite them being aimed at children. He makes it clear the siege has gone on so long the animals are close to death, while I even winced as an adult over the fact Mr Fox loses his tail. It is shot off by one of the farmers and Mr Fox brazenly tells his children it is never going to grow back. In many other children's stories a miracle would happen which would see Mr Fox's tail restored, just to soften the blow - that is if the author dared have it shot off in the first place.

      Dahl's love of grotesque detail is very much present and 'incorrect'. He revels in descriptions of the filth that lives in Bean's ears as just one example.

      I very much enjoyed Fantastic Mr Fox. It is an ideal story to read out loud. The text has a very good rhythm to it, allowing the rhyming sections to work seamlessly in with the rest of the prose. The concept of the story is tremendous fun, there is a good dose of humour and some really good values such as the importance of family, love, generosity and resourcefulness.

      Just watch for that moment in an older child when they start to twig the adult nuances weaved into the text. I can hear it now from my daughter in the future - "But mummy, if Bean lives on cider does that mean he gets drunk all the time?"

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        18.08.2010 08:10
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        A funny and entertaining read - a great kid's book

        Fantastic Mr Fox is a very funny and entertaining read aimed at younger children.
        As soon as you see the name Roald Dahl you know you are in for a good time. He was an exceptional author who could always be relied on to amuse and entertain.
        The book is illustrated by Quentin Blake who's illustrations are simple but clever, complementing the story beautifully.
        The story is about three farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean and the lengths they will go to to try and outwit Mr Fox and his family who they know are stealing from their farms. But Mr Fox is a clever old thing and plans to outwit the farmers...
        This book is an excellent read for younger children, it can't fail to keep them entertained. It is not too long so is perfect for children to read for themselves with both the story and illustrations offering plenty of amusement throughout.
        For all of you adults who enjoy a goods kids book this one is great if you have and odd half hour or so to fill.

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          09.05.2010 13:59
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          Another piece from the much celebrated author Roald Dahl.

          Originally published in 1970 his book has stood the test of time and is still appealing to young children 40 years on! It has been published by many different companies the copy I have was published by Penguin and illustrated by Quentin Blake.

          If you haven't heard of Roald Dahl (1916 - 1990) you must have been living in a cave, he is a much celebrated and loved children's author who wrote 17 children's books, along with a ton of short stories, a selection of miscellaneous non-fiction and even a few plays / film scripts.
          In this book we follow the journey of Mr Fox, who steals food nightly for his family from three farmers nearby, Farmer Boggis, Farmer Bunce and Farmer Bean. Of course they are getting rather annoyed with this nightly raiding and decide to do something about it. First they try to defend their own farms, however since Mr Fox has an exceptional sense of smell he knows where they are hiding and can easily avoid them.

          So the farmers decide to come together and hunt down this pest outside the entrance to his tunnel. That night Mr Fox comes out carefully as usual and at the last minute realises something is wrong and is shot! Luckily only losing his tail instead of his life! This infuriates the hunters and they decide enough is enough and will dig the fox and his family out, luckily they realise what is happening and dig the tunnel deeper and deeper just staying far enough ahead to save their hides. After a while and a very deep hole the farmers give up and plan on starving the foxes out. What will Mr Fox do as he and his family are slowly starving to death?

          I find the chapters are perfect for my little one (he's 7) as they are not too long and spaced out with pictures which keeps younger readers interested. At 81 pages long it won't take too long for your child to read to themselves or you (although if they read as slow as my son maybe over a couple of sittings!). Probably not giving the best of messages to children, but then again what book does, it's ok to steal from 'bad' people and wrong for them to retaliate. It's for this reason Roald Dahl's work is often criticized as it has strong moral connections, but as with everything this would be for the person reading to make the decision (or a parent to decide if its appropriate for their child).

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            27.10.2009 15:00
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            Read this before you go and see the movie.

            My 6 year old daughter loves reading and has become particularly disillusioned by the repetitive politically correct books being issued by her school. In a bid to encourage her to continue reading independently we went to our local Borders bookstore to look for something with a little more story content. As she had seen trailers for the movie, my daughter was immediately drawn to "Fantastic Mr Fox" by Roald Dahl so we ended up buying a copy.

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            I would say that this book is perfect for independent young readers as it is quite thin, containing just 82 pages which are interspersed with several eye-catching illustrations by Quentin Blake. The story itself is broken down into 18 short chapters with natural break points for children who can only manage a few pages in a sitting. The print is quite large so each page is attractively laid out, not crammed full of off putting text. I think that this book represents a perfect introduction to independent reading, making the transition from picture books to full text books quite a painless one. I paid £4.99 for our copy, but I'm sure they can be found much cheaper elsewhere if you Google the ISBN 978-0-141-32624-5 or even buy it as part of the Roald Dahl box set.

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            The story is quite simple, yet young children find it engaging and exciting. Mr Fox and his family live near to three of the nastiest unscrupulous farmers in the valley, farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Boggis owns a chicken farm, Bunce, a duck and goose farm and Bean owns a Turkey and apple farm manufacturing strong cider. Mr Fox steals food from these farms making the farmers wild with rage until they concoct a cunning plan to sort the fox out once and for all. The three farmers ambush and try to dig Mr Fox and his family out of their home, the only way the foxes can escape is to dig further and deeper into the hillside. The three farmers dig the hillside away and along with their workforce blockade the only exit in the hope the foxes will eventually emerge through starvation. However Mr Fox meets up with Badger and thinks up a master plan which involves tunnelling further underground until they are right underneath the three evil farmers' storerooms, which they ransack and take back to the starving underground creatures. Mr Fox and his family host a huge banquet, serving their quarry to the rabbits, badgers and moles and live happily ever after.

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            My daughter and I have read this book together several times and she has read it independently as the language difficulty level is pitched perfectly at her age group. We are now on the lookout for more Roald Dahl books and will probably end up buying a box set. By the way, we saw the movie this week and although based upon the book, the majority of it is different, particularly the last half hour or so which is complete fabrication. I would recommend reading the book first, then go and see the movie - it is quite difficult to explain the meaning of the term "Poetic License" to a questioning 6 year old!

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              15.09.2009 21:27
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              A very good children's book

              Roald Dahl is a great children's author, I remember reading all his books as a child and now I read them to my class. Fantastic Mr Fox is one of the shorter books that are perfect for younger readers. The story follows Mr Fox who goes out to steal from the local farmers to feed his family. The farmers are very angry that their crops and animals are being stolen so they decide to go after the fox. They try to dig him up so he has to move his family in order to protect them. Other animals begin to get involved in helping the fox and eating the farmers' food. The animals find a way to protect and feed themselves without being caught, so the farmers are left without a fox!

              I find this book easily captures children's attention it has a moral to the story as well which is that if you steal you will be in trouble! Always good to teach kids that one! The book has a selection of pictures in it as well which makes it more entertaining for children who are just listening and helps the children who are reading the book.

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              08.07.2009 02:01
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              Great Dahl book for younger readers

              My son is just reching the end of his 'reception' year at school, and we have been flicking between reading to him and trying to get him to read to us. Recently, we were at my wife's parents' house, and we came across some old Roald Dahl books, one of which was Fantastic Mr Fox.

              The book is recommended for use with kids who are just starting to read on their own, and as we knew we could double it up as his bedtime reading book, we nabbed it, along with a couple of others, promising to return them as soon as they were done with.

              The tale itself is a very intriguing one. Fantastic Mr Fox is a cocky fox who, one night, decides to come out of his foxhole and is attacked by three of the most horrible farmers ever: Bunce, Boggis and Bean. He loses his tail, but then devises a very cunning plan to ensure he, his family, and all of his friends can thwart the nasty farmers.

              Throughout the book, the words and sentences are simple enough for a new reader, but retain some magical storytelling, with Dahl's knack for creating an interesting story shining through. The book is very thin, with 18 short chapters and some pictures too. It was first written in 1970, and has stood the test of time. I know that I read it when I was first starting out to read, and it's nice that my son is enjoying Dahl's literature.

              It's not in the same vein as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or indeed some of his other books, as it is a lot more basic. However, this doesn't shorten the enjoyment factor, and my son found it more appealing to read as there were pictures and an interesting story behind it.

              The characters are kept to a minimum, with the world outside of the animals and the three farmers not infringing on our little story oif revenge. There are some funny moments, and despite the foxes and badgers and other animals being attacked and threatened with guns by some horrible farmers, there is never really cause for concern due to the lighthearted nature of the tale.

              Fantastic Mr Fox is well worth using as a starter book for your kid. Similarly, it's a decent read, as short books go, and is just as suitabnle for older kids who just want a quick, short read.

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                11.04.2009 15:09
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                Not Dahl's most famous children's story, but well worth reading.

                Roald Dahl is the grand master of the children's story. First published in 1970, 'Fantastic Mr Fox' may not have the reknown of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', but it is a tale full of excitement and imagination. After almost forty years, it can still compete with the best of children's literature that is being published today.

                Before we even meet Mr Fox, Roald Dahl introduces us to three obnoxious farmers who go by the names of Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Dahl really goes to town with his characterization here. Farmer Boggis keeps chickens and is a prime specimen of obesity because he eats three whole chickens along with dumplings for breakfast, lunch and supper every day. Farmer Bunce, on the other hand, has thousands of ducks and geese. He is a pot-bellied dwarf whose diet consists of doughnuts stuffed with goose liver paste. He seems to persist with this regime even though he has a stomach ache and a bad temper because of it. Lastly, there is Farmer Bean who keeps turkeys and has an apple orchard. No, he doesn't eat turkeys: he merely brews cider from his apples and drinks it by the gallon. He is extremely thin but very clever. These three farmers are so despicable that the local children chant a rhyme about their meanness when they see them. It is actually quite surprising that they manage to co-operate with each other, given their unpleasantness.

                Co-operate they must, however, if they are to have any chance at all of outwitting Fantastic Mr Fox. Mr Fox has a wife and four little foxes to feed, and every evening he asks Mrs Fox whether she would like a chicken, a duck, a goose or a turkey. He then steals off to the appropriate farm and brings back the chosen bird. He is a wily creature who approaches the farm with the wind blowing towards him, so he will pick up the scent of a farmer lying in wait with a shotgun and quickly change direction.

                Boggis, Bunce and Bean are furious and eventually decide they must hide outside Mr Fox's hole and shoot him as soon as he emerges. The story follows their frustrated attempts to do away with Mr Fox and his family, who always manage to dig further down and evade the farmers. The foxes are horrified when tractors are brought along to dig them out, but Mr Fox comes up with a plan to dig tunnels along to each of the farms and steal enough food and cider for a party. Help is enlisted from other animals, all of whom are invited to a great feast. Even the rabbits come along to enjoy great bunches of carrots.

                Foxes are often portrayed as villains in children's stories, 'Chicken Licken' being a good example. In 'Fantastic Mr Fox', however, we find ourselves rooting for the family of foxes in the face of the drastic measures taken by the three loathsome farmers. The story moves along at a fast pace through chapters of about half a dozen pages each, and it's unlikely any child will have the chance to get bored.

                Quentin Blake's wonderful illustrations contribute hugely to bringing the story alive. The animals are seen as life-size in comparison to the chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. Mr Fox sports a stylish jacket and neck tie while Badger wears a waistcoat. Snouts and eyes are exaggerated, and the animals more often than not have beaming, enthusiastic smiles. The farmers, on the other hand, are grumpy, miserable souls. The illustration of two tractors with their headlights beaming makes them look like two monsters with sets of fangs, ready to gobble up an creature that should get in their way.

                'Fantastic Mr Fox' is intended as a read-aloud story for children aged three to seven, or as a read-alone book for those aged nine to twelve. Three might be a little young, especially to listen to the whole story at one sitting. A confident independent reader younger than nine might easily tackle the book, as the text is set in a large font, sentences are short, and of course there are delightful illustrations on almost every page.

                This may not be Roald Dahl's most famous children's story, but it is certainly one worth introducing to a young child. They will delight in poking fun at the farmers and enjoy following the thread of the animals working together to outwit them. There is never a dull moment in 'Fantastic Mr Fox'.

                Fantastic Mr Fox
                by Roald Dahl
                Paperback, 96 pages
                Puffin, 2007
                ISBN 0141322659
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                  05.03.2009 20:18
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                  I recommend all Roald Dahls books, expand your reading its not just for kids.

                  Roald Dahl - Fantastic Mr Fox
                  Quite a short book obly 90 pages, but never the less a great childrens story, and the illustrations by Quentin Blake were always brilliant and also set the style of his books as we remember them.

                  Published in 1988 by Puffin. The plot is bascially three farmers get annoyed with Mr and Mrs Fox's eating so many chickens, they come up with a plan to put it to an end. But the Foxes are "fantastic" and manage to "outfox" the farmers quite humourously. While the Farmers try to dig up the foxes home, the animals have a giant party and drink cider, eat chicken and bacon in a section that made me hungry just reading it.

                  The language is very easy to read and most of these books i believe have large print, but that doesn't mean it's purely a childrens book. It can be read by anyone, and i would recommend that you do if you like reading books again back from your childhood.

                  The main characters are; the farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Mr Fox and Mrs Fox and many other animals appear, a funny book that i used to love.

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                  06.12.2007 16:38
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                  I enjoyed this story, not a huge fan of the author, but would definately reccomend this book

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                  Comedy, children's drama
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                  5+ if read with adult
                  7+ if read independantly

                  Mr Fox is hated by his nemesis Mr Bean and his two accomplices Mr Boggis and Mr Bunce. Mr Fox makes a fine living stealing turkeys, ducks and geese from the three mean men, but one day they decide they have just about had enough.
                  Elements of the Robin Hood story, are apparent, with Mr Fox stealing from the rich to feed to poor, essentially.

                  Roald Dahl uses very simple, yet inventive language. His descriptive style is rich and unique. By the same token it is not altogether too challenging for the reader. Dahl does make use of rhyming verse, in order to punctuate this book, and this should make reading aloud fun.

                  Illustrations are by Quentin Blake, and have become synonymous with this book and others by Roald Dahl, in Fantastic Mr Fox they not only support the text, but are used to make specific visual points, for example the progressive state of the hill.
                  Blake's work is iconic and give the book a strong sense of identity, it seems the book wouldn't be the same without them, although I am not sure that is a wholly good thing.

                  Fantastic Mr Fox is an excellent introduction to Roald Dahl's style, and has some lovely language in it without resorting to using 'big' words to become challenging. The story is one of overcoming evil and all odds without being too threatening and I think any child will see most of the jokes. This means that it is both good for confident readers and for ones that need some encouragement, as they should both get a lot out of the reading experience.

                  I feel that Roald Dahl is an important children's author, and his books and stories have become iconic in British children's culture. I don't love this book, it has some questionable messages, for example that the womenfolk are weak and 'cannot continue digging'.
                  But I do think that they have been and will continue to be an important aspect in the landscape of children's literature, I think children should have the opportunity to read some of Roald Dahl's work as much as any other important children's author.

                  Paperback: 96 pages
                  Publisher: Puffin (June 1, 1998)

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                    03.03.2005 21:41
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                    “Down in the valley there were three farms. The owners of these farms had done well. They were rich men. They were also nasty men. Their names were Farmer Boggis, Farmer Bunce and Farmer Bean.”

                    Life is good for Mr Fox – living in a hole beneath a tree in the woods which overlooked the three vast farms of Boggis, Bunce and Bean; he lived there with Mrs Fox and their four fox children. Every day he would ask Mrs Fox what she wanted for dinner – be it a plump chicken or two from Boggis, a fat brace of ducks from Bunce or a huge turkey from Bean, and whatever Mrs Fox decided on would be taken by cover of night. Mr Fox was the most cunning of foxes and so thus far had not been caught by any of the farmers while in the act of stealing their precious birds, and this made Boggis, Bunce and Bean as mad as can be. They took it in turns to guard their farms - shotguns in hand, but Mr Fox always went hunting with the wind blowing in the right direction and so could smell them from afar, he really was a cunning chap!

                    “Boggis was a chicken farmer. He was enormously fat. This was because he ate three boiled chickens smothered with dumplings every day for breakfast, lunch and supper.”

                    As you may well imagine Boggis, Bunce and Bean were getting increasingly angry at their inability to catch and shoot Mr Fox so they decided to take firm and final action. Farmer Bean – the brainiest of the three – sought out Mr Fox’s hole and shot Mr Fox in the tail as he left on a poultry pillaging spree, poor Mr Fox’s wondrous tail was shot clean off and he narrowly escaped with his life. Boggis, Bunce and Bean sensed victory and stood guard at the entrance to Mr Fox’s hole so that when hunger forced him to surface again they would finish the job. Night followed day with still no sign of Mr Fox or his family breaking cover so the farmers three decided they would dig the family out – first with shovels and then with huge murderous mechanical diggers. As they started digging the Fox family also dug deeper into the ground trying to outrun the vicious machines and the certain death that they bought. Just when tiredness was taking them over Mr Fox has a gem of an idea, an idea so crafty and cunning he would truly be fantastic Mr Fox if her could pull it off!

                    “Bunce was a duck-and-goose farmer. He was a kind of pot-bellied dwarf. He was so short his chin would have been underwater in the shallow end of any swimming pool in the world.”

                    Fantastic Mr Fox is yet another beautiful and amazing story from the pen of Roald Dahl; the man was a genius with his story telling ability and sheer enthusiasm in bringing words to life. Each of the three farmers is described in nasty, fetid detail so that we know within a few words that they are going to be to baddies of the piece, while the romanticism in his description of Mr Fox and his family mean that we can overlook the fact that he is stealing and killing poultry, we still love him anyway! And the cunning crafty plan that Mr Fox hatches while trapped in his lair is daring yet believably described so that the reader is so eager for it to succeed despite all obstacles, kudos to Mr Dahl for that. They way in which different woodland animals interact and speak is also spot on, with a wise old badger and a drunk and abusive rat all adding to the richness of the tale.

                    “Bean was a turkey-and-apple farmer. He never ate any food at all. Instead, he drank gallons of strong cider which he made from the apples in his orchard.”

                    The book is eighty-two pages long and is broken up with glorious Illustrations by Quentin Blake, I would say that this would be a good read for children from about six years of age all the way through to adults and beyond. For sheer fun and glorious story telling nobody hold a light to the great Roald Dahl and Fantastic Mr Fox gets nothing less than the full five stars from me.

                    ISBN:- 0-141-31827-9
                    www.roalddahl.com
                    Published by Puffin
                    www.penguin.com
                    £3.99 at Amazon.co.uk

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                      14.02.2005 23:49
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                      Sorry about my bad english and sorry that this review concentrates more on Ronald Dahl and not the book.

                      Okay what are you thinking? Are you thinking I am stupid or wise, so many famous authors out there, why would I pick this book to be second best book in my life so far, I will tell you why because this book taught me morales as a kid. Roald Dahl has taught me so much. My grandads were both dead before I was born, but if I could of have a grandad Roald Dahl would be the person I would choose. why? , you may ask, because he is every childs favourite.
                      My little sister has just finished primary school, with me at University studying History. As I was moving everything out of her room so we could decorate, many of her books were by the greats that I read when I was a kid; C.S. Lewis, Tolkein, but the most books in her collection, guess what it was not Harry Potter but yet again Roald Dahl books, she had Georges Marvelous Medicine (my favourite book), BFG, The Twits, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda etc. Again why may you ask. Okay I will get to the point now (stop babbling on James) Roald Dahl teaches children the way of life and to have an imagination.
                      Fantastic Mr. Fox teaches kids how to behave, but in a humorous manner, should a child behave like a famer or a fox?, or should they make there own choice. In Georges Marvelous medicine should a child behave like the kid making a complextion (spelling?) of medicine, the grandma or the parents? Again it teaches the child the humourous side.
                      The most important thing I found with Roald Dahl was that he makes children concentrate and remember, everytime something comes up about foxes in the news, Grandma's and their medicine or mean head teachers, Roald Dahl comes into my head, this is why I and everyone learns morales. Roald Dahl teaches kids not to live upto the stereotypes of life and to live by morales and to live life and to enjoy it, but not to be pressured by it.

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                        This is a book aimed at 7-9yr olds, written by my favourite childrens author Roald dahl. Even as a adult this is a book that i still have but now remains on my childrens shelf. I have fond memories of reading chapters of this each night in bed, and now have the privelage of seeing my childrens faces light up to the amazing adventures that mr fox gets up to. Anyway to the story. It follows the fantastic mr fox, who lives with his wife and 4 children underneath a tree, you see him trying to feed his family, by stealing from the near by farms. There are three farmers, Boggis, being very fat, Bunce, being very short and Bean, being tall and thin. Each of them being extremely mean men. You see Mr fox each night askhis wife what she would like for supper, chicken from the farmer boggins, duck from bunce or turkey from bean. Then you would see him go off to the farm to catch their food, the trouble is that the farmers are waiting for him, but the fox is too clever for them and can smell them in the wind. You see the adventures he gets up to when he tries to save his family from starving when they find his home and dig up his tree, and the help he gets from other animals near by. The book has 18 chapters and is 94 pages long, and is published by penguin books.

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                        09.05.2001 06:29
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                        Roald Dahl became a writer during the second world war,and in 1960 became known with his first 2 books james and the giant peach and charlie and the chocolate factory, these 2 books are now considered classics and they have been made into blockbuster films. Ive always loved roald dahl, and as a young child read all of his books(at least 4 times each!!) Now I have children of my own and have just introduced them into the world of roald dahl,with the first book being Fantastic mr fox. Roald Dahl has a way of capturing a childs imagination and the anticipation on my boys faces proved this,begging me "just one more page mummy".The books are well illustrated by quentin blake who just seems to capture the characters personality brilliantly. His books are humorous, and I still find myself laughing at parts of the book. Fantastic mr fox is a story of 3 farmers Boggis,Bunce and Bean. Each farmer is very different in their ways and apperence ,but there all after one thing.. the fox! It tells of their antics trying to catch the fox and whats happing to poor old mr fox. The book is brilliant and had my children gripped to the story right till the end. Im now off to buy another Roald Dahl book for me(I MEAN THE KIDS!!!)and know they will enjoy the next one and the next and next!!!Hes a top childrens author and really does no what the children like.

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                          09.09.2000 04:09
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                          Fantastic Mr Fox is a great story about a fox that always outsmarts the farmers. The three farmers that he tries to outsmart are nasty they are called Boris, Bunce and Bean. They are wanting to get Mr fox because he keeps stealing all there stock, so they wait outside of his hole and try to shoot him when he comes up or try and starve him to death. I really enjoy reading this book I have read it so many times and still enjoy it. It does not have that many pages in it my copy has 90, which is not very many, because a lot of them are pictures. This book is a must read so go on and give it a try.

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                          Boggis, Bunce and Bean are three of the meanest farmers you could wish to meet. They hate Mr Fox and plan to catch him by whatever means necessary.