- Paperback: 81 pages
- Publisher: Klett Ernst /Schulbuch (2005)
- Language: German, English
- ISBN-10: 3125737621
- ISBN-13: 978-3125737624
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (328 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,032,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fantastic Mr. Fox (German) Paperback – 2005
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Roald Dahl's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" tells the story of how Mr. Fox and his family fend off an assault by farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Losing his tail to the farmers' bullets, Mr. Fox tries to wait out the farmers' vigil but Boggis, Bunce and Bean have other plans. They try to dig up the Fox family's den with steam shovels, forcing Fox and family ever farther underground. Derided by the townspeople for flattening a whole mountain just to catch a fox, the farmers decide to see who can last longer, them or Mr. Fox.
Mr. Fox, on the other hand, comes up with a brilliant way out, better left to be related by Dahl himself. Like any well-written children's story, "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is several notches above the average simplistic picture book but not so long that it can't be read in its entirety as a bedtime story. Since it's not dumbed down for young readers, it remains a favorite of adult readers as well.
The major children's writer before JK Rowling was Roald Dahl, who boasted few of these virtues, offering children cruel wit, and a morbid, often murderous mistrust of parents, adults, education and authority in general. He also implied that children could be malevolent and destructive. Parents hated him - I had to discover Dahl through friends; my mum bought me Enid Blyton. There was always the thrilling feeling that you were doing something illicit or conspiratorial reading Roald Dahl.
The hero of 'Fantastic Mr Fox' is a thief, a violater of property and business, and a murderer and torturer of animals, traits unlikely to endear him to the English middle classes. On the other hand, he rejoices in family values, still endearingly in love with his wife, and a great father. Under impossible odds, he tries to save his family and a host of other animals from the cruelty of three vile farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, who are sick of the varmint's nocturnal sorties for their produce.
First they try to shoot him, but only pepper his tail (a deliciously gruesome episode). Next they dig into his tunnel, but he can dig faster. They use huge mechanical diggers, turning a hill into a valley. They try to starve him, surrounding the area with weapon-wielding minions.
The story of 'Fox' is very simple with few twists and turns.Read more ›
Roald Dahl makes some of the greatest children's books that are very imaginative and help develop a child's imagination. I would recommend that on top of this one, get some of Roald Dahl's other books.
When Mr. Fox refuses to surrender, the angry men try to dig him out with shovels and then with farm equipment and bulldozers. Eventually, they take all the workers from their farms and scatter them over the hill in order to stand guard so that the foxes cannot escape. As the farmers wait, the Fox family is slowly starving. Mr. Fox gets a brilliant idea and soon he and all of the underground animals find a way to pull the biggest trick of all on the three nasty farmers. They get food for their families off of the farmers' own ignorance and the farmers continue to miserably wait for Mr. Fox to emerge from his hole.
This book is a classic example of Dahl's writing style. The adults are always mean and rotten, while the children and animals are smart and good. This book raises a number of questions that could make for a very interesting discussion. Mr. Fox feeds his family by stealing food from the farmers. Does that makes stealing ok just because the men he stole from were mean? The Badger brings up this important issue and Mr. Fox sweet talks himself out of trouble, but should stealing ever be considered ok?Read more ›
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In the begning of the book Mr. Fox sounded a little creapy. However when I was done reading the book he ends up being a life saver.''The Fantastic Mr. Read morePublished 3 days ago by MRS CRAVEN
Bought for 8 year old niece and nephew. They LOVE it! It's their new favourite book. I bought them several more Roald Dahl for Christmas because of this.Published 14 days ago by Jane Dennery
This short book is about Mr. Fox, who lives in a hill with his family. Mr. Fox regularly steals food from three not-so-nice farmers, until they get fed up and swear to hunt him... Read morePublished 29 days ago by James Vachowski
Great item shipped quickly and safely. I highly recommend this seller.Published 29 days ago by Judi
Mr. Fox and family delight in this snippy little read. Bean Bunce and Boggis are delightfully dreary. Overall- a perfect read for a young child.Published 1 month ago by Julie Spellman