Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Nobody outfoxes Fantastic Mr. Fox!

Someone's been stealing from the three meanest farmers around, and they know the identity of the thief—it's Fantastic Mr. Fox! Working alone they could never catch him; but now fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don't know is that they're not dealing with just any fox—Mr. Fox would rather die than surrender. Only the most ...

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Overview

Nobody outfoxes Fantastic Mr. Fox!

Someone's been stealing from the three meanest farmers around, and they know the identity of the thief—it's Fantastic Mr. Fox! Working alone they could never catch him; but now fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don't know is that they're not dealing with just any fox—Mr. Fox would rather die than surrender. Only the most fantastic plan can save him now.

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

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Tina Hudak
In this story, a gentleman fox outwits three crass and vindictive farmers in order to protect his family from extinction. The beginning chapters describe the characters, the following sixteen present a constant stream of adventures as the bitter confrontation ensues between Mr. Fox and Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Chapter titles announce the direction the story is taking. Clever use of language gives an aura of refinement to the fox family, while one of villainy surrounds the farmers. When Bean announces that "I want that fox! I'm going to get that fox! I'm not giving in till I've strung him up over my front porch, dead as a dumpling!" the reader immediately aligns with Mr. Fox despite the fact that he is stealing chickens! The line drawings, with washes of gray are spontaneous and lively. Not a page goes by without a detailed drawing reinforcing the mood of the story. Seeing Bean's ears filled with "all kinds of muck and wax and bits of chewing gum and dead flies and stuff like that" only strengthens the reader's dislike of the character. This illustrated reinterpretation highlights the vibrant qualities of this story. 1998 (orig.
Children's Literature
"My lucky thing," Roald Dahl once said, "is that I laugh at the same things children laugh at." And children do laugh at the things he writes. In this case, fat Mr. Boggis who eats three chickens at every meal, potbellied Mr. Bunce who lives on doughnuts stuffed with goose liver paste, and pencil-thin Mr. Bean who drinks hard cider all day long, have decided to do away with Mr. Fox and his fine family. So determined are these maniacal three, that their efforts to eliminate the Fox family threatens the lives of every digging creature in the forest. Does Mr. Fox save the day? Of course he does! How? That you'll have to find out for yourself in this beautifully bound and superbly illustrated volume. Roald Dahl is the author of James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He died in 1990 after more than forty years of making children laugh. Parents note: the farmers have guns, the cider is hard, and there is an occasional graceless belch. 2002, Alfred A Knopf,
— Michael Chabin
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"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.  
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142410349
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 8/16/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 28,098
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.78 (w) x 4.94 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Roald Dahl is, quite simply, one of the best loved children’s book authors of all time. He died in 1990 in Oxford, England, at the age of 74.

Quentin Blake, the first Children’s Laureate of the United Kingdom and a recipient of the Kate Greenaway Medal, has illustrated most of Roald Dahl’s children’s books.

Biography

"I have never met a boy who so persistently writes the exact opposite of what he means," a teacher once wrote in the young Roald Dahl's report card. "He seems incapable of marshaling his thoughts on paper." From such inauspicious beginnings emerged an immensely successful author whom The Evening Standard would one day dub "one of the greatest children's writers of all time."

Dahl may have been an unenthusiastic student, but he loved adventure stories, and when he finished school he went out into the world to have some adventures of his own. He went abroad as a representative of the Shell corporation in Dar-es-Salaam, and then served in World War II as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. After the war, Dahl began his writing career in earnest, publishing two well-received collections of short stories for adults, along with one flop of a novel.

The short stories, full of tension and subtle psychological horror, didn't seem to presage a children's author. Malcolm Bradbury wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "[Dahl's] characters are usually ignoble: he knows the dog beneath the skin, or works hard to find it." Yet this talent for finding, and exposing, the nastier sides of grown-up behavior served him well in writing for children. As Dahl put it, "Writing is all propaganda, in a sense. You can get at greediness and selfishness by making them look ridiculous. The greatest attribute of a human being is kindness, and all the other qualities like bravery and perseverance are secondary to that."

In 1953, Dahl married the actress Patricia Neal; two of his early children's books, James and the Giant Peach (1961) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) grew out of the bedtime stories he made up for their children. Elaine Moss, writing in the Times, called the latter "the funniest children's book I have read in years; not just funny but shot through with a zany pathos which touches the young heart." Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a colossal hit. A film version starring Gene Wilder was released in 1971 (as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), while James and the Giant Peach was made into a movie in 1996.

Dahl followed his initial successes with a string of bestsellers, including Danny, the Champion of the World, The Twits, The BFG, The Witches and Matilda. Some adults objected to the books' violence -- unpleasant characters (like James’s Aunts Sponge and Spiker) tend to get bumped off in grotesque and inventive ways -- but Dahl defended his stories as part of a tradition of gruesome fairy tales in which mean people get what they deserve. "These tales are pretty rough, but the violence is confined to a magical time and place," he said, adding that children like violent stories as long as they're "tied to fantasy and humor." By the time of his death in 1990, Dahl's mischievous wit had captivated so many readers that The Times called him "one of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation."

Good To Know

When Dahl was in school, he and his schoolmates occasionally served as new-product testers for the Cadbury chocolate company. Dahl used to dream of working in a chocolate manufacturer's inventing room. He wrote in his autobiography, "I have no doubt at all that, 35 years later, when I was looking for a plot for my second book for children, I remembered those little cardboard boxes and the newly invented chocolates inside them, and I began to write a book called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Dahl's first book for children, The Gremlins (1943), was a story about the mythical creatures that sabotaged British planes. (Dahl claimed for most of his life that he had coined the term "gremlins," but it had been in use by members of the Royal Air Force for years.) Walt Disney planned to use it as the basis for a movie, but the project was scrapped, and only 5,000 copies of the book were ever printed.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 13, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      Llandaff, Wales, England
    1. Date of Death:
      November 23, 1990
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2010

    A Fantastic book!!!

    My first grade teacher Mrs. Deshpande recommended this book to me and I LOVED it. I watched the movie but I prefer reading the book better.

    Elizabeth Shay

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

    Fantastic Mr. Fox is well, Fantastic!

    Got the book for a book report my son had to do. Enjoyed reading it with him. We got thru it in 3 days! I was really pleased with that. My son (an Aspie) was quick to point out that he did not agree with the fox stealing the food, and he did wonder why the people who owned the "hill" weren't coming out with the police to arrest the 3 farmers for tearing up their land. LOL However, that said, he now wants to see the movie! Book was alot of fun and inspired really good coversation with my son.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    BBE and BCC

    Best Book Ever and Best Comedy of the Century

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2010

    My Reveiw on Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Fantastic Mr. Fox is a story about a Fantastic fox and his wife and four children and the three farmers Boggis, Bunce ,and Bean. Tey're so evil when the children see them they sing a song that goes like this:
    Boggis,Bunce,and Bean
    One fat,one plump,one lean
    But nothingless equally mean
    Mr. Fox has to go to their farms and steal their food so his family can eat.The farmers find out and Bean has a plan to shoot the fox but he missed him and got his tail so Mr. Fox has no tail. Next Bean tries to dig out the foxes with the with machines. They escape. Then he tries digging holes out of where Mr. Fox lives with machines. They ut dig them again! There's a problem though,the foxes are starving. Mr. Fox knows where the farms are from underground and digs right to Boggis's Chicken House Number 1. After Mr. Fox sas they must have a feast.On the way to Bunce's storehouse they run into Mr. Badger ad find out thir are more animals starving.Then he said "Now we most really have a feast".And Mr. Fox and his four small foxes and Mr. badger head out for Bean's secret cider cellar, their last stop,when they come back to their hole every animal was waiting for the feat and at the feast Mrs. Fox said:"I HAVE A FANTASTIC MR. FOX!" Next Mr. Fox announces that he would like everybody to stay underground because they didn't need to get food aboveround anymore because they have underground tunnels to the farms. And as of now the three farmers have been waiting. Waiting for forty years.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    BEST EVER

    Just love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Favorite Book

    I grew up reading this book over and over again and to this day it is still my favorite book and I would recommend it to anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Good book

    This book is a very well written book and i think that it deserves teo very good authors to write a very well written book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    One of my favorite books!

    I'm reading this book in my library class & it's very exciting. I want to hear more & more but class always ends too soon. I would recommend this book for kids 7-10 years old. It's both exciting & funny.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2014

    Fantastic mr. Fox Fantastic mr.fox

    I love mr .fox because his funny and dumb but you can learn somthing from it fans

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2014

    Wow

    All it has is the sample part after I bought it its the same pages as the sample there no other stories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    Free pink iPad

    Free pink iPad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Speechles

    Pppppppppp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Awesome book!!

    Delightfully written

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Good book for younger kids

    I thought fantastic mr fox was a good book, but if you saw the movie first and were expecting the book to be like the movie, you will be sorta dissapointed. I pretty much think that the movie was just a more elaborate version of the book with more background information and characters. Also in the book its not one son named ash or whatever his name is, and his sons cousin christopherson, there are four unnamed child foxes. Also I was pretty suprised that mr foxes trademark whistle and clicking thing was not in the book. Anyway as far as the book goes, it was pretty good, but the book was much shorter than I expected it was more of a younger 8 year old kids chapter book. To sum it up, I thought it was a good book, just not as good as I thought that it would be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Pika

    (Nit right off the head.....sorry.) gasps slightly as all her muscles suddenly relax. Sh didnt realis that she was that tense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Leaders and leaders family den.☻

    Our den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Great book

    I thought that this was a great book. It was one of the best books that I have ever read. It was a very interesting book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    FlameFury

    Cant wait!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Suvival of the fittest ~ chapter 3 sneak peek

    That night, i dreamt of the fox. I was running after it through the forest, swerving between trees and jumping over rocks. Finnaly, the fox eluded me as its large bushy tail dissapeared behind a rock. I slumped my soulders in defeat and walked back to my tree. There, leaning against the thick trunk, was my long lost best friend. Her orange hair and nimble limbs seemed to glow... as if she wasn't actually there... i ran tward her. When i reached her, she wasnt there. Thats when i woke up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Love movie and book

    If you have youtube look up what does the fox say. It is so funny.

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