REVIEW: Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

109008Title: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Author: Roald Dahl
Year of Publication: 1970
Genre: Childrens
Format: Paperback
Length: 81 pages
First Line: “Down in the valley there were three farms.”

Summary: 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.

Review: I had this book for a few months and got around to reading it when I re-watched the movie while on vacation. In a way I was reading to compare to the movie. Please forgive me.

This book was a very quick read. I’m a slow reader but it didn’t take me long to finish. It made a good vacation book. To me, Fantastic Mr. Fox was like a mother making up a story to her child at bedtime. It read like a fairytale. This might have been one of the stories Dahl told to his children and he later decided to make into a book. It wouldn’t surprise me. It’s not a complicated story. The characters that only have one goal, but it’s fun.

Don’t hurt me, but I think I did like the movie better than the book, even though the book was really good. The movie just fleshed out the plot and characterization. The book was just a basic story for children, and was not really detailed.

Worst part: It’s not too detailed.

Best part: It was a fun, good, quick, vacation read.

Grade: B

Recommend For: I’d recommend this book to scores of people; any Dahl fan, anyone with young children, and people who are children at heart.

Other Books by This Author: The Twits and The Witches


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