‘Did you hear that, Mr Fox! It’s not over yet! We’re not going home till we’ve strong you up dead as a dingbat!’
Paperback | 82 pages.
Published: Originally published in 1970 by George Allen & Unwin
This edition published in: 2016 by Penguin.
Read – 23rd April 2020.
I never read this particular story as a child because I was quite scared of foxes (and wolves), so reading this as an adult is the first time for me. I have read many of Roald Dahl’s other books and he was a staple in literature when I was growing up. So, I’m excited to discover this.
Very easy. The language is simple but descriptive and enjoyable. Quentin Blake’s illustrations are amazing and help to paint a picture and the book is only 82 pages long, so there wasn’t room for confusion.
I find it strange how quickly I bonded with Mr Fox and Mrs Fox. At one point I was even worried the book wouldn’t end how I imagined – which I knew was silly – but I was so caught up in the lives of the Foxes and the mean farmers.
This was so easy to visualise. Between the narrative, descriptive detail and illustrations, I had no issue.
There were so many moments that stood out to me, so many lines that caught my attention, including:
“He was a kind of pot-bellied dwarf.”
“Boggis and Brunce and Bean
One fat, one short, one lean.
These horrible crooks
So different in looks
Were none the less equally mean.”
Dahl has always had a wonderful way with words that brings his stories to life. He has always inspired me with his stories, and I have always found solace and escapism from them. This was no different. I’m glad that I finally got around to reading it because it was a terrific short read and I feel more complete having read a story I missed out on as a kid.
Obviously I enjoyed it. As I said, it’s terribly hard to get a story wrong in only 81 pages! But it was also quite extraordinary just how much content was put into those 81 pages and what a great story was told. I recently got a box set of 15 Roald Dahl books, most of them I did read as a kid but there are a couple I did not, so I will enjoy reading through them.