Book Review of Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Children’s Book Review
Written by Roald Dahl
Illustrated by Quentin Blake
Ages 6+ | 96 Pages
Publisher: Puffin Books | ISBN-13: 978-0241558355
What to Expect: Animals and Humor
The novel Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl is a wickedly clever and funny read for children and adults alike. Dahl, the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The BFG, tells a story about a cunning fox named Mr. Fox who outwits three mean-spirited farmers – Boggis, Bunce, and Bean.
One ambitious fox and his family, a community of animals with uber-oddball characteristics, and a wonderful world of tunnels beneath the ground set the scene. When the vile farmers discover that Mr. Fox has been stealing food from them (a fox has got to eat), they join forces to capture the chicken-stealing thief. Mr. Fox, intent on outsmarting the farmers, devises the most fantastic plan and nobody outfoxes Fantastic Mr. Fox! Or can they? Readers need to hold onto their tails as Mr. Fox, his family, and that band of community animals fight for their lives in an escapade filled with a plethora of twists and turns.
The narrative is filled with thrilling twists and turns and is complemented by a splattering of charming illustrations by Quentin Blake. Dahl’s unique imagination shines through in the eccentric animal characters with quirky characteristics that he creates. The book is appropriate for new readers and beyond, offering a quick, engaging reading experience.
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a must-read, showcasing Dahl’s exceptional storytelling abilities. It’s so gratifying—readers really “Dig!” it.
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About the Author
Roald Dahl was a spy, ace fighter-pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more brilliant stories. He remains the World’s No.1 storyteller.
About the Illustrator
Sir Quentin Blake, the first-ever Children’s Laureate of the United Kingdom, has illustrated nearly 300 books, including most of Roald Dahl’s children’s books. He lives in London.
What to Read Next If You Love Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Matilda, by Roald Dahl
- The BFG, by Roald Dahl
- James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
- The Twits, by Roald Dahl
- Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame