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7 stars

Fantastic Mr. Fox

AR: 4.1
Lexile: 600
RC: 4.9
by Roald Dahl     Illus. by Quentin Blake
Short Picture Book
Genre: Adventurous Fantasy Fiction

Mr. Fox is the head of a household, and as the father, he must provide for his family. Unfortunately, a trio of farmers, each one meaner than the other, are out to get him. See, Mr. Fox has taken to "relieving" the farmers of their goods in order that his family may eat. The farmers, understandably miffed that this character is pinching from them, declare war on Mr. Fox and his family. Now, Mr. Fox has to figure out how to keep his family from starving to death.

This short, easy to read classic from Roald Dahl was a pleasure to read. It had adventure (chase scenes), romance (he loves his wife), and even heavy grown-up moral dilemas (is it really okay to steal in order to keep your family from going hungry). I enjoyed listening to this book. Wait, what ... listening? Yup, I didn't read this one, I had it read to me! By the author himself, no less! At the school where I work, we have a copy of Roald Dahl reading the whole book aloud. I borrowed it and listened to the whole story in less than an hour. It was a very good story. I'm a little iffy on the ending, though. I don't think I would have ended it the same way, but it does allow for some discussion, which is rare in so many children's novels.

I suggest this book to any Roald Dahl fan or any fans of animal adventures. Check out your school or local public library to see if they have a copy of the audiobook read by the author, or read the book yourself. Either way, you won't be disappointed!

By the way, the 2009 movie version is very different from the book. You can read my movie review to find out more.

Listen to an excerpt from the audiobook version:
(Last modified:07/10/2010)

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