A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{November 25, 2012}   Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Plot: Boggis, Bunce and Bean are the meanest farmers around. They each live in abundance but the idea of sharing their wealth is repugnant to them. Mr. Fox is smarter than all three of them combined and he won’t let a few farmers get between his family and a good meal, well stolen.

My exploration of Dahl’s oeuvre continues with this story of animal mischief. It is a shorter book than Matilda and I was a bit disappointed that all of Mr. Fox’s plans amounted to digging, after seeing how wickedly clever Matilda could be. Still it is good fun with Dahl’s characteristic humour. The villains, who are caricatures of wickedness, get their just deserts and wiliness wins the day. What could be more satisfying?

I’ll tell you what: a fun Dahl tale, perfectly captured by the wonderful Quentin Blake. His illustrations brought an extra bit of whimsy to the story.

Next will be James and the Giant Peach.

2012 (#108)


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