Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

genre: children's literature

Mr. Fox is a family man.  A provider.  He torments three nasty farmers by stealing their livestock and eating it with his wife and children in their safe hidey hold under a tree.  Well, it's safe until the day that those three nasty farmers have had enough already and decide to get rid of Mr. Fox and his antics once and for all.

I read this one out-loud to my nearly 9 year old and 6 year old sons - a HUGE hit.  I mean, begging for more every night.  Those farmers are deliciously disgusting and it's such a pleasure to see them outwitted.   Roald Dahl is a master of creating memorable characters who are full of surprises as well as characters who so nasty that you're thrilled when they fail.  The only thing I DIDN'T love is that there is some alcohol drinking and drunkenness.  I edited a tiny bit as I read - but really only maybe two sentences and my boys didn't notice a thing :)  We'll definitely do some more Mr. Dahl reading around here soon.

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1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

My son loved Roald Dahl when he was young, so I'm wondering how we missed this one. Any book that has kids begging for more is a winner!

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