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Fantastic Mr Fox (Puffin Modern Classics) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Roald Dahl , Quentin Blake
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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25 May 2000 Puffin Modern Classics
Boggis, Bunce and Bean are the nastiest and meanest farmers you could meet - and they hate Mr Fox! They're determined to catch him and lie outside his hole, ready to shoot, starve or dig him out. Clever Mr Fox has other plans and manages to outwit the nasty farmers.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Classics; 10Rev Ed edition (25 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141307536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141307534
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 726,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The son of Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and educated at Repton. He was a fighter pilot for the RAF during World War Two, and it was while writing about his experiences during this time that he started his career as an author.

His fabulously popular children's books are read by children all over the world. Some of his better-known works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The Witches, and The BFG.

He died in November 1990.

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Amazon Review

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. (Ages 9 to 12) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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* The audio titles read by Roald Dahl himself have been solid backlist titles for over a decade now. Of historical archive interest, as well as being modern classics in their own right, these should provide a real audio backlist boost. * Roald Dahl and Collins brand strengthened via vibrant new look for the twenty-first century. * Narrated by Roald Dahl, who tells his own stories in his own inimitable way. * Five titles available. * Unabridged. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 16 Feb 2006
Format:Paperback
This was the first book I read completely on my own and it is still one of my all time favorite books. I love reading it to my children and to myself in the bath!!!
It is Roald Dahl at his best. Three truly awful farmers and a rather clever fox(who happens to be missing his tail). Definitely one for the 5-10 age group(and for all you big kids out there).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class 4S Newstead School 8 Nov 2006
Format:Paperback
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 chewing gum, wax and dead flies. We are now looking forward to Big Writing day to write what happens next.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique short Roald Dahl novella 17 Jun 2007
By Yi-Peng VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Of all the shorter Roald Dahl stories, Fantastic Mr Fox is the most heartwarming.

It may not have the wicked humour of The Twits or the wild, extravagant fantasy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but there is a heart and sincerity in this story that makes this a special book among the shorter Roald Dahl stories. Yet this story has a distinctly Dahl flavouring about it. Apart from being a tale of the unexpected, it offers us not just one but three revolting villains in the guise of Boggis, Bunce and Bean. I know that like most of Dahl's first few villains in his earlier books, these villains might not be as yucky as The Grand High Witch or the Twits, but their selfishness and nastiness are equally loathsome. Another thing about this story is in how Dahl develops the relationship between Mr Fox and his family. Despite the loss of his tail, he demonstrates his boundless love of his family by resolutely helping everyone to fight for their own survival in the face of the three farmers.

Fantastic Mr Fox is a beautifully written Dahl story that uses simple, yet picturesque language. It shows how the delicacy of the Beatrix Potter animal stories had a passing influence on Dahl's anthropomorphic animal stories. However, there is something deeper in this story. Although Dahl had explored the relationship between Charlie and Grandpa Joe, this theme of relationships between a grown-up and an adult seems to mature in this book. This can be seen through the sincere, genuine love that Mr Fox shows to his family, and how it gave everyone the strength to survive in the face of the adversity of the farmers. In this light this book ought to be an understated Dahl classic, and should also mark a turning-point in his career as a children's author.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Mr Fox 13 Feb 2009
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I purchased this book for a light hearted joke a Christmas for my Husband as we have chickens and are constantly worrying about the fox, we did lose one to the fox in October 08 just like the story book, my husband read it and thoroughly enjoyed it, I am going to pass it on to my neighbours son as they also have chickens!
Tina W
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I wish I had read Roald Dahl when I was a lad, because his ingenious and irreverent children's books would have been of great help in warping my fragile little mind. "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is Dahl's take on the "garden tale" popularized by Beatrix Potter. We are introduced to a trio of farmers; "Boggis and Bunce and Bean / One fat, one short, one lean. / These horrible crooks / So different in looks / Were nonetheless equally mean." The trio raises chickens, geese and turkeys respectively and are the favorite target of Mr. Fox when he goes out each night to fetch a meal for his family. Finally the farmers band together, try using what little brains they have, and go after Mr. Fox with guns, then shovels, and eventually mechanical shovels, forcing our hero to use all his wits and wiles to keep his family safe from the humans.
Anybody who is old enough to read will enjoy this story, but it is probably targeted at younger children. The villains are comical enough not to be too terrifying; actually, they are just stupid and gross (would you really stuff a doughnut with goose livers?). What will appeal to children is how Mr. Fox keeps his family safe by staying one step ahead of the three farmers. But then the story takes an interesting turn, because he also ends up helping the entire community of animals as well, providing a most satisfying ending of living happily ever after (except for the three farmers, who deserve their less glorious fate). Such a noble and intelligent creature.
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" was originally published in 1970, and I have been toying around with possible allegorical meanings to the tale being told, but nothing really fits well enough to actually make a case at this point in time.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars J.k who ? Dahl is still the best . 8 Dec 2002
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For those previously unaware of the most gifted and imaginative childrens author in recent history.The Fantastic Mr Fox is a great way to start.The story twists and turns creating an atmosphere that makes Hogwarts seem rather boring.Truly mesmorising stuff by one of the greats.Accompanied by a reading which is full of the character and wit which made Mr Dahl famous .
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Written by Mr Roald Dahl (who is in my opinion one of the greatest authors to ever put pen to paper) this a story about a crafty fox who constantly poaches items from the three farmers who live down in the valley, the three farmers are the most nasty despicable men you will ever meet, First we have Boggis the chicken Farmer a very fat man who eats nothing but chicken for every meal of the day, next we have Bunce a small dwarf of a man who has a duck and goose farm and finnaly we have Bean, farmer Bean is a Turkey and Apple farmer who is the smartest of the three and very tall indeed he also enjoys nothing more than drinking vast amounts of strong cider.
One night Mr Fox goes down to the farms with the intention of stealing food and drink for his himself and his family, Mr Fox has a loving wife and four little cubs who adore him more than anything, anyway while he is out on the prowl he is ambushed by the three farmers and has his lovely long bushy tail shot off, this leaves him in a vast amount of pain but still alive he then sets about on a plan to ruin the three farmers once and for all, and that is where I will leave my commentary of the book as I really don't want to spoil the fun that follows.
This book brings back so many fantastic memories for me as it was one of the first books I ever read, and the beauty of this is that unlike many of the books I had read and loved during my childhood Fantastic Mr Fox still stands as such a charming and magical piece that I can't help but love it, and as with many of Roald Dahls books the illustrations are provided by Quentin Blake and as usual this only goes to enhance the book ten fold. His scratchy illustrations really match the whole feel of what Roald was creating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I am not a Dahl fan but my son was doing Dahl for book week so we decided to get a few copies to read. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars EPIC!!!!!!!!
read this book to my sister. Book was totally epic. The book took me on a journey miles away to North Wales
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This book is 're as Lily funny a nd I think that any one in Brunswick house will like it when as t the Story is about It is a bout as fox
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just like I remember
I re~read 'Fantastic Mr Fox' because I watched the film adaptation made by Wes Anderson, which I enjoyed and will no doubt watch again. Read more
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this book is really nice my daughter love it and she keeps reading it over and over again. that's good! ;)
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I have downloaded this book to read to my kids, we haven't started reading it yet but I read it myself as a child so I know there going to love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I like it when they sang the song about their wives drinking cider!

This review is from Sam, aged 7
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is Brilliant!
This book really made me laugh and it was very enjoyable! I also now want to get other books lik this and i also like the i rely like the illustrations!
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I enjoyed this so much, consider this book is only being for children because its to chicky for adults. By Simon
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4.0 out of 5 stars classic!
I bought this book for a Japanese boy (5 years old) for a farewell present before he went back to Japan for good. According to his mum he loved it. Read more
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