Down in the valley are three farms, each owned by a mean and nasty farmer. Mr Boggis keeps chickens, Mr Bunce keeps ducks and geese, and Mr Bean keeps thousands of turkeys in an orchard full of apple trees.
Imagine the temptation for Mr Fox, who goes out every evening to find food for Mrs Fox and and their family of four Small Foxes. However hard the farmers try, they just can't seem to stop Mr Fox stealing their livestock!
When Boggis, Bunce and Bean find the Foxes' hole, they are determined to dig them out with shovels and tractors. Surrounded by machinery, the family begins to starve until Mr Fox hatches his grand plan to defeat the farmers once and for all. To help carry it out he enlists the help of his friend Mr Badger...
"My lucky thing," Roald Dahl once said, "is that I laugh at the same things children laugh at." And children do laugh at the things he writes. In this case, fat Mr. Boggis who eats three chickens at every meal, potbellied Mr. Bunce who lives on doughnuts stuffed with goose liver paste, and pencil-thin Mr. Bean who drinks hard cider all day long, have decided to do away with Mr. Fox and his fine family. So determined are these maniacal three, that their efforts to eliminate the Fox family threatens the lives of every digging creature in the forest. Does Mr. Fox save the day? Of course he does! How? That you'll have to find out for yourself in this beautifully bound and superbly illustrated volume. Roald Dahl is the author of James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He died in 1990 after more than forty years of making children laugh. Parents note: the farmers have guns, the cider is hard, and there is an occasional graceless belch. 2002, Alfred A Knopf,