Fantastic Mr Fox


Posted by khrishan on 2019-01-02

This is one of many of the books I've read as part of my childhood. It's part of my bookcase of books, back at my parents' house.

The author is Roald Dahl, who wrote a whole series of children story books - most of which I read as a child. This post is part of the act of me 're-reading these books'.

Mr. Fox is a fox who lives with his wife and four cubs. They live near three farms, which stock chickens, ducks/goose and cider. They belong to Farmers Boggis, Bunce & Bean respectively.

The famous quote I remember from the book is this :

"Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. One fat, one short, one lean. These horrible crooks, so different in looks, were nonetheless equally mean."

On a regular basis, Mr. Fox will go to one of the farms and steal stock from these mean farmers. Until one day, the farmers had enough and went on a mission to track down and kill Mr. Fox.

Despite losing his 'amazing' tail, Mr. Fox and his family survive. However, in the act of digging down so quick that the farmers couldn't catch them, they trap themselves, with no access to water or food.

The farmers know this, and decide to camp outside the hole they have dug in order to wait for the foxes to come out - "He has to come out for food at some point?"

After two days, Mr. Fox hatches an outrageous plan, which involves more digging. Whilst the farmers are outside their hole, Mr. Fox and his children dig their way to each and every one of the farmer's farms, and steal their produce – with the farmers completely un-aware on what is going on.

On route, the foxes run into Badger and his child, who help them steal cider from the third place.

Their mission is successful and as a result, the Foxes invite all the other animals nearby (Badger, Weasel, Rabbit, Mole) to have a huge feast.

Mr. Fox, tells the young badger to round up all the animals nearby to have a feast with all the produce they stole.

To end the book, Mr. Fox promises all the animals to set up a underground village - seeing as they do not have to worry obtaining food anymore.

Reflection

This is one of Roald Dahl's most famous books, especially as there is a film based on the book. However, this isn't my favourite Roald Dahl book – but it's up there πŸ™‚

I can see why I enjoyed reading this book as a child - the heroes are successful and the evil farmers lose out :)

There was a part of this book, where Badger questions whether what Mr. Fox is doing is in fact stealing – where Mr. Fox justifies this by saying he is only doing this to support his family. As an adult reading this back, it’s a great question to put in children's minds – making them think and reason about what is right and wrong.

Thanks for reading πŸ™‚ x