Fantastic Mr. Fox

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1st edition hardcover.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a children's book by Roald Dahl, published in 1970. It's about a fox who routinely steals livestock from some farmers who get fed up and try to kill the fox.

Personal

This book was read to my elementary class, I believe in 2nd grade. I re-read it in my 30s to remember what it was like, but I didn't find it nearly as interesting.

Status

I do not own this book, but have read it and listened to an audio book recording.

Review

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • Like most of Roald Dahl's books, it is well written and fun.

Bad

  • As per usual with most children's books, ugly people are also evil. I'm sick of this trope.
  • How are the foxes able to dig so much without dumping the dirt anywhere?
  • The women in the book (Mrs. Fox and Mrs. Badger) have a constitution weaker even than children, and are always in need of rescue.
  • Mr. Fox is a bully to Mr. Rat and threatens to murder him if he doesn't give up his cider.
  • Badger is the only person who thinks that stealing from other people is wrong, but even he changes his mind after enjoying the stolen goods.
  • The overall lesson of the book is that it's okay to steal from mean people.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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