I’ve liked all the Roald Dahl books I’ve real so far. But out of all of them, I think Fantastic Mr. Fox is my favorite. There’s something about the protagonist, Mr. Fox, Roald Dahl’s writing, and the ridiculousness of it all that makes Fantastic Mr. Fox a must read.
Mr. Fox is quickly established as the good guy, even though he steals every day from three mean local farmers to provide food for his family. One day the farmers decide that the thievery problem needs to stop, and they try to hunt Mr. Fox down. They partially succeed, and eventually force Mr. Fox and his family out of their burrow, but not toward the exit where the farmers are hiding by. This sets up Mr. Fox’s quest to get some type of revenge on the farmers, while also seek food for himself and his family before he is starved to death.
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a real page turner full of imaginative characters and funny but serious scenarios. The book has some kind of serious themes, but manages to keep them child friendly and funny. One farmer is described as drunk on apple cider!
Ultimately, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the classic tale of outwitting your enemies.