Updated: Sep 22
In this blog, I want to share my thoughts on the classic children's book "Fantastic Mr. Fox" by Roald Dahl. I recommend this book for kids who like adventures, and I hope whoever takes the time to read this will enjoy Roald Dahl's grand imagination as much as I did.
This book is about a fox who steals for his wife and kids from three farmers named Boggis, Bunce and Bean. The three farmers are all very selfish humans who would never share willingly, let alone abide being stolen from. To stop the fox from stealing, these farmers decide to help each other by capturing and killing the fox together. Bean first comes up with the idea to wait outside Mr. Fox's fox hole and shoot him when he comes or goes. Although Bean planned the assault on Mr. Fox carefully, when the time comes, the farmers only shoot Mr. Fox's tail.
When the plan doesn't work, Bean comes up with another plan to dig Mr. Fox out of the ground. Boggis, Bunce and Bean try to use shovels against the fox, but Mr. Fox is able to easily out dig them and escapes the farmers yet again.
Despite Bean's many fails, he comes up with yet another suggestion to out smart the clever fox. Bean's mischievous new plan is to attach mechanical shovels to their tractors, and then try to dig him out hoping they can be faster then the fox this time. When the Fox family realize what the farmers have planned, they only have one option: to dig for their lives...
I would give "Fantastic Mr. Fox" 4 out of 5 stars because it was fun and unlike anything I have ever read. This exciting and fast paced read was completely new to me with it's charming, unethical main character as the hero and terrible humans as the rude villains. The only negative to this book is that it was a very easy read for me and I would have enjoyed more details to the story line.
Please let me know in the comments how you would have handled Mr. Fox stealing in an ethical way instead of a harmful way.