Farm owners Boggis, Bunce and Bean are tired of Mr. Fox helping himself to their chicken, ducks, geese and turkeys whenever he likes. They are so furious that they have decided to come up with a plan to get rid of Mr. Fox and his family forever. They’ll wait outside his hole on the top of the hill under the tree and shoot him, and if that doesn’t work then they’ll dig the naughty fox out. But Mr. Fox has a plan of his own and it’s going to take more than three dim-witted, angry farmers to outsmart this fox. Because this fox is no ordinary fox, he is Fantastic Mr. Fox…
This is one of my favourite Roald Dhal stories. It is a hilarious animal adventure that sees Mr. Fox triumph over a trio of inept villainous farmers. The foxes are in constant peril and the will they won’t they get caught drives the narrative forward and will keep readers on the edge of their seats. The narrative is fast-paced and the short chapters keep the drama and story unfolding at a rapid rate. The story is supported with fabulous pencil illustrations by Quentin Blake.
Mr. Fox is a wonderful character. He is a father that is willing to do anything for his family, including losing his tail, and is kind and compassionate to others (with the exception of Rat). Mr. Fox’s actions also offer opportunities for lots of discussion, particularly around whether it is ever OK to steal. The villainous farmers are truly awful and readers will be pleased to see that Mr. Fox gets the better of them.
A read full of wit, funny limericks and a fantastic fox. I loved reading this book as a child and I’m happy to say that I enjoyed reading it just as much as an adult. A timeless classic.
Recommended for 7+.