Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

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Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl is not just for preteens; it’s a classic Roald Dahl novel, which means anyone will probably enjoy it. Three farmers determine to destroy the fox invading their storage sheds, and so they hunt after Mr. Fox. He is not to be deterred, though, when his family’s life is on the line. It’s a brief read and it’s simply perfect in its storytelling and construction.

Reading Fantastic Mr. Fox has reminded me that Roald Dahl is one of the best storytellers for kids there is. I really must read all of his works, because somehow I was remiss in my childhood and I have not read most of his books.

Have you seen the movie of Fantastic Mr. Fox? Is it good or bad?

What Roald Dahl story is your favorite? I’ve only read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda (as a child), James and the Giant Peach (as a child), and now Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Reviewed on May 4, 2011

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  • My favourite Roald Dahl is probably James and the Giant Peach, but it’s a close call! I haven’t seen the Mr Fox movie yet, but as a Wes Anderson fangirl I’m very curious about it.

    Also, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Hereville! I thought it was very cleverly done, and a lot more nuanced than it could have been.

    • Nymeth » I haven’t reread JAMES as an adult. My son does’nt like the cover and I can’t get him interested…yet. And I’m always looking out for more graphic novels to try, thanks to your wonderful blogging about them! It will never be a favorite format for me, but it’s nice every now and then.

  • I’ve also loved Roald Dahl since I was a child, and I love his adult fiction also. (“Lamb to the Slaughter” is probably my favorite of his short stories). Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of my favorites, so I was a little hesitant about the movie. It’s very good but not that faithful to the book — obviously, they had to expand the story to make it feature-length. I think they really did capture the essence though I wish it had been more British actors. George Clooney is Mr. Fox and he’s great but just not authentic enough for me.

    • Karen K. » I checked out the movie this week! We may watch it tonight. I really didn’t read tons of Roald Dahl as a kid, but I’m making that up by introducing my son to him early here! He loved Charlie, not sure which to read to him next, as he doesn’t seem interested.

  • Hereville is a favorite of mine this year. I’m glad you liked it too! I thought it was really sweet and I loved the illustrations.

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