Book Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox (Roald Dahl)
26th June 2013 (first published 1970) Blurb:
The formidable adventures of Mr. Fox and his family as they try to outrun three farmers determined to catch them.
I’m never really sure if I’ve read Roald Dahl books or not – the ones I did were when I was very young and I can’t always remember them. I vaguely knew the story of this one so thought I must have, but also found myself getting it confused with The Magic Finger,
so maybe not…This is a short read (so a short review) and not really one of my favourite Dahl stories
. The feminist in me was annoyed that the female animals were too supposedly too weak or exhausted to go find food for themselves and their children, leaving the men to do it. Mr. Fox also didn’t always seem that fantastic
to me: he felt a little mean sometimes – calling one of his kids a ‘twerp’ or mocking Badger for being honest.
I know the story is for children but it does feel a little basic. It still has his charm though – especially in the villains, which he has a knack for writing, and Quentin Blake’s illustrations bring them to life beautifully – but it doesn’t feel like one of his best to me.