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The formidable adventures of Mr. Fox and his family as they try to outrun three farmers determined to catch them.
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Published 2004 by Puffin (first published January 1st 1970)
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karen
greg's birthday is today, so i am floating this now to remind you that you still have time to shower him with presents!

it is greg's birthday!!! and as a treat for him, i am going to create a book review in which i use plenty of pictures of foxes!!! they are his favorite!!

first, a sleepy fox:



a grouchy fox:



a defiant fox:



a hide-y fox:



fox and friends:











bad fox:



chilly fox:


charming fox:



suspicious fox:



mischievous fox:



meditating fox:



super-orange fox:



fox in a tube:



smiling fox:



stretchy fox:



sharp-nailed fox:...more
Patrick
My impressions in a single word: Meh.

I recently read this to my little boy, and I have to admit I really didn't care for it.

Don't get me wrong. It's not a *terrible* book. There's nothing hideously wrong with it. (See my review of Esio Trot, if you want to see me go off on a Dahl book I hated.)

But there wasn't much right with it either. The simple fact was Mr. Fox was not, in fact, very fantastic.

The plot centers around some farmers that try to kill Mr. Fox. They try to dig him out of his ho...more
Greg
Mr. Fox steals food nightly from one of the three disgusting and gluttonous farmers who have more then they need. The farmers get mad and set out to kill Mr. Fox. They have a hard time catching him, they destroy the earth trying to get him out of his hole, they waste many man-hours by making their workers surround the woods with weapons and ultimately Mr. Fox with the help of other underground animals find another way into the farms and go about their stealing in peace while the farmers sit endl...more
Karla
Even though Roald Dahl is one of my absolute favorite childhood authors, there are some titles that I've never read. This was one was absolutely fantastic. Sure, it promotes stealing, but only from bad guys. Like another review notes, so does Robin Hood.

But what I thought was illustrated so vividly here is that the three nasty farmers become obsessed with killing Mr. Fox for stealing their poultry, losing all perspective and sense of proportion. So much so that they take steam shovels to an enti...more
Salymar
“I understand what you're saying, and your comments are valuable, but I'm gonna ignore your advice.”
― Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr. Fox

This short story reminded me of the The Three little pigs. The three little pigs here in the story are the farmers except that they are dumber, clumsier and stinkier. haha!
Liam Leftley
Fantastic Mr Fox exhibits the very best of Roald Dahl as we see Mr Fox battle against the three mean farmers: Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Initially Mr. Fox has no problem in taking poultry from the farms to feed his family; however, Boggis, Bunce and Bean soon develop a plan that’ll end their fox problem once and for all.

The evil trio plan to dig Mr Fox out of his home and soon recruit all their staff to their mission. However, not to be outdone, the canine simply tunnels underground to each of the...more
Saadia Munshi
Fantastic Mr Fox- Roald Dahl

The book centres around Mr Fox, who steals food from three farmers (Boggis, Bunce and Bean) in order to provide for his wife and 4 children. The 3 farmers soon get fed up of Mr Fox and decide to catch him by leaving the farm and camp outside the fox hole. one night Mr fox decides to go and steal some duck from bunce, however as he begins his journey he gets shot in the tail by the farmers.

By this time the farmers are upset as they failed to catch Mr Fox and so bean (...more
Chaymâa
While I was reading Fantastic Mr. Fox, I had in mind three colorful bubbles (yes, sometimes I like to tease my ideas):

1. Roald Dahl is amazing.
2. Mr. Fox is indeed Fantastic!
3. And this stupid yet hilarious song:

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Seriously Chaymâa?!

Well, as Roald Dahl said in this book :

I understand what you're saying, and your comments are valuable, but I'm gonna ignore your advice.

Marcus
Read it in one day to my four year old. He was fascinated and wide eyed the entire time. Then, at dinner he called his juice "strong cider" and talked about how it made his mouth and belly burn :).
Daniel Clausen
I've always been a fan of Roald Dahl books. As an ESL teacher I've had the pleasure of using his books as teaching instruments as well. In the heady days of my graduate program I find myself often turning to kids books for relief. First, there was my favorite, Where the Wild Things Are--which I am happy to say I have copies of in both Japanese and English. Then, there was Maniac Magree. This one was perhaps my favorite because I WAS Maniac Magee growing up. There are others I would like to retur...more
Dana Salman
It was fine. I say 'fine' because it's an awful lot of discription on such a trivial thing. Nothing much happened in the story. It's only mostly all about the foxes breaking into one storage after another and stealing food. What else is there to talk about after that, though? It's not much of a story, not one I would go out of my way to read, though I have read it multiple times when I get hungry because that cider stuff sounds SWEET. But when you think about it, if Roald Dahl had said to himsel...more
Megan
I love Roald Dahl and tore through his books as a kid, but somehow I missed this one. I saw the previews for the movie, and was completely confused because I'd never heard of this book. As soon as I opened it up I recognized that familiar art style (Quentin Blake, you're the man), and the familiar sort of world that Dahl draws into his books.

This story is very simple. Three farmers have grown weary of the fox who preys upon their livelihoods, and decide to trap him in his burrow until he comes o...more
Jennifer
Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake

Fantastic Mr Fox, written by Roald Dahl, tells the story of a country Fox and his family. Their peace and lives are shattered by three farmers that live near-by, who become increasingly outraged and obsessed about the foxes stealing food. The farmers’ determination leads to more and more extreme measures to kill Mr Fox and his family. The story ends happily with Mr Fox managing to outsmart the farmers and living happily after.
The st...more
Steve
My cousin gave my son this book, saying it was given to him as a child and that he really liked it, and thus inter-generational sharing of the literary tradition is shared.

I read this book to my sons over the weekend and finished it last night. Quite a joyous book. First he establishes the characters, then presents a challenge, and then Mr. Fox becomes fantastic by his ideas, and is feted by all. It's a book about mean farmers, exploiters and murderers, and wildlife.

I was absolutely thrilled to...more
Petra
http://hazelthewitch.blogspot.com/201...

"Boggis and Bunce and Bean

One fat, one short, one lean.

These horrible crooks

So different in looks

Were none the less equally mean."

This tiny book is one of the famous children's classics. It was very enjoyable and clever read!

I've read many reviews and noticed that some people weren't happy that the book is so naturalistic, like for example when Mr. Fox eats chicken. This is actually what I really like about the story. I think children are often underesti...more
Ciaran
Fantastic Mr Fox written by Roald Dahl and was illustrated by Quentin Blake. Although the book was published in 1970 Fantastic Mr Fox has not faded into the background and remains a must read for children. Recently the novel has been adapted into a Hollywood movie and featured the voice of George Clooney and Meryl Streep, this has added to the success of a truly great novel that is Fantastic Mr Fox.
The book is about a fox named Mr Fox who lives in a burrowed hole underneath a tree with his wife...more
Stef
Great and FUN story - but I would recommend talking with your kids about it too!

I *LOVED* this book as a kid and re-read it as an adult to preview it for my niece and nephew. I was a little surprised about the story I remembered and the story that *is*. It's honestly brutal about farm life (shooting the foxes) and fantastical all in the same breath - which is fun. The three human characters are almost exact caricatures of alcoholism, gluttony, etc.

Mr. Fox definitely isn't a role model in his st...more
Ed Fincham
Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox is an excellent introduction to Dahl’s work, a fast paced, humorous, and well illustrated piece of writing, which at present fits into early KS2 schemes of work.

Fantastic Mr Fox is set around a tripartite of farms and farmers, Boggis, Bunce, and Bean and their respective, chicken, duck and goose, and turkey and apple farms. The farmers whose names bear some onomatopoeic relationship to their physical characteristics, are presented as evil, both in characteristics,...more
Matt Linzey
I have always been a fan of Roald Dahl's books and found Fantastic Mr Fox (FMF) an excellent literacy focus while on placement in a Year 2 class. Over a two-week period we read through as a class and in ability groups the entirety of the story. As we completed chapters I would set work based on the story so far. Over the two-week period the children were introduced to the concept of writing a story, using FMF as a structure to follow. The story is essentially a 'good vs evil' tale that introduce...more
Chris
I bought this book for two reasons:
1. I'd just seen a preview for the movie and thought it looked pretty funny and I liked the animation style
2. I've enjoyed the Roald Dahl books I've read previously

With regards to the movie influence, I haven't yet seen the movie. Based on the reviews I've read, it sounds like a fun little film but definitely a bit different than the book. Eventually I'd like to watch it.

As to the book itself, it was a very quick read overall although we did read it over the...more
Jessica
Mr. Fox and his family live near three farms owned by three vile, disgusting, and cruel farmers.

Boggis and Bunce and Bean
One fat, one short, one lean.
These horrible crooks
So different in looks
Were nonetheless equally mean.


Mr. Fox goes out every evening and fetches his family’s dinner from one of the three farmers. The corrupt and aggitated farmers determine to cease everything until they’ve killed Mr. Fox. Sly (or should I say fantastic?) Mr. Fox, though, with the help of Mrs. Fox, his four Smal...more
Sinead Mccormick
Fantastic Mr Fox

Roald Dahl

As much as I enjoyed all of Roald Dahl’s books I feel a certain loyalty to Fantastic Mr Fox as it was the first of Dahl’s books that I read. A common trait throughout Dahl’s work is that of a simple story with an underlying message. This trait is clearly evident in Fantastic Mr Fox.

Dahl manages to portray the typically elusive character of a fox as the hero of this story, describing him as a family man that will go to any length to look after his wife and children. He k...more
Mery
Boggis and Bunce and Bean
One fat, one short, one lean.
These horrible crooks
So different in looks
Were nonetheless equally mean.




This book was okay. But don't you try to give this book to your under 10 age sisters/brothers. Because this book have many moralists problems. The lead character Mr. Fox, stealing foods from the farmers before they ever tried to kill him and his family. I know he did those things for survive. But still I can't stand with him and what he did.
And must we talk of Mr. Fox tea...more
Eoin Cody
In my opinion Roald Dahl has undoubtedly created a unique and fascinating character in Mr. Fox. From the opening page Mr. Fox immediately catches the readers attention and interest. The book itself describes the adventures, mishaps and success stories of the main character while also portraying the devastation he creats upon other character such as the farmer and on the chickens too. Although some people may not agree with my opinions I believe this book accurately diplays the ways and habits an...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Mr. Fox outwits three farmers who are trying to kill him because he steals food from them. All the animals who live underground (rabbits, badgers, foxes, etc.) are starving. They can't go above ground because the farmers are waiting to blast away at them. Mr. Fox finds a way to steal food and drink for everyone by tunneling directly to the various farms. All the critters celebrate with a huge feast.

I found it odd that all the animals were praising and cheering Mr. Fox for his ingenuity in "savi...more
Biena (The Library Mistress)
So, is this book suppose to teach children that it is alright to steal if you'll just be clever enough to run away and outwit your adversaries?
Hannah Hudson
Roald Dahl Rocks!!!! I love this book it really is fantastic! :) 10/10 Loved it. A MUST READ. xoxo

I love the story and the characters. A brilliant book for 9-12 year olds :) ;)

The Story:

I suppose,for you, it's not every day a fantastic and slightly greedy Fox takes one of your livestock. But for Biggie,Bunce and Bean it's different. Fantastic Mr Fox is funny,Classic and I loved it. It's farmer vs Vermin and its not very pretty! :)

Smoochies!
Fox
Nov 19, 2013 Fox rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Townes V. Z., Krissy
Poor Mr. Fox and his beautiful tail. At least he is still a FANTASTIC FOX.

This book was read in maybe 15 minutes, but it was a delightful read. Not a lot happened in it. The illustrations were cute, the story quite classical, and I really did think Mr. Fox to be quite fantastic. That is the most you can ask of such a story. I'd love to read this out loud to someone.

Arielle Walker
Roald Dahl at his most delightful (with that hint of twisted humour that he does so well). This was the book that started my love of apple cider, though it was a good decade after my first read that I actually got to taste any.
Ella
I think this book is the best book ever and i think that if you was to read this book you would really like this book and this book would make you laugh to. i am just going to give you a tip that the charactars are Mr fox Mrs fox and the kids and Mr fox every night goes hunting for food and that is all i am going to give you for a clue about the book is i think that the book is an exsiting book and i think that Rald Dahl did a good books and my favarate part of the book is when Mr fox was serchi...more
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“I understand what you're saying, and your comments are valuable, but I'm gonna ignore your advice.” 535 likes
“Badger: The cuss you are.
Mr. Fox: The cuss am I? Are you cussing with me?”
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