Thursday, May 7, 2009
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
This story charms the listener because once again in the world of Mr. Dahl, the person most likely to fail succeeds. Mr. Fox, cunning breadwinner that he is, must get past three nasty farmers to secure food for his family. The farmers, tired of his raids, decide to eliminate him once and for all. Mr. Fox desperate to save his family comes up with a scheme that allows him to feed not only his family but all the families of the underground dwellers. The farmers, clearly outwitted, were last seen still guarding the hole where the fox was sure to emerge. Children love hearing of those who can outwit adults and Dahl’s humor shows itself well in the description of the characters. It’s a simple but delightful read.