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Fantastic Mr Fox

Dahl, Roald

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ISBN 10: 039480497X / ISBN 13: 9780394804972
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1970
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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[8], 62pp, [2]. Cloth over boards, morocco back with morocco inlaid design of Mr Fox by Temple Bookbinders to upper cover, title and author in gilt to spine, new endpapers. Externally very good indeed, internally a couple of spots of foxing to the first page, otherwise bright and clean. DJ is bound in at the rear. Bookseller Inventory # 000208

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Title: Fantastic Mr Fox

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1970

Binding: Hardback

Illustrator: Chaffin, Donald

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good+

Edition: First Edition (US)

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Synopsis:

Fantastic Mr. Fox is on the run! The three meanest farmers around are out to get him. Fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don’t know is that they’re not dealing with just any fox–Mr. Fox would never surrender. But only the most fantastic plan ever can save him now.

Review:

In the tradition of The Adventures of Peter Rabbit, this is a "garden tale" of farmer versus vermin, or vice versa. The farmers in this case are a vaguely criminal team of three stooges: "Boggis and Bunce and Bean / One fat, one short, one lean. / These horrible crooks / So different in looks / Were nonetheless equally mean." Whatever their prowess as poultry farmers, within these pages their sole objective is the extermination of our hero--the noble, the clever, the Fantastic Mr. Fox. Our loyalties are defined from the start; after all, how could you cheer for a man named Bunce who eats his doughnuts stuffed with mashed goose livers? As one might expect, the farmers in this story come out smelling like ... well, what farmers occasionally do smell like.

This early Roald Dahl adventure is great for reading aloud to three- to seven-year-olds, who will be delighted to hear that Mr. Fox keeps his family one step ahead of the obsessed farmers. When they try to dig him out, he digs faster; when they lay siege to his den, he tunnels to where the farmers least expect him--their own larders! In the end, Mr. Fox not only survives, but also helps the whole community of burrowing creatures live happily ever after. With his usual flourish, Dahl evokes a magical animal world that, as children, we always knew existed, had we only known where or how to look for it. (Great read aloud for any age; written at a 9- to 12-year-old reading level)

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