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Fantastic Mr Fox: Facts About the Roald Dahl Book

Here are some facts about Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl.

  • Fantastic Mr Fox was first published in the UK in 1970 by George Allen & Unwin, and in the US by Alfred A. Knopf.
  • It first came out in paperback in 1974.
  • Several artists have illustrated the different versions of Fantastic Mr Fox over the years, including: Quentin Blake, Tony Ross, Donald Chaffin and Jill Bennett.
  • In 2009, the book was made into a film directed by Wes Anderson, and featuring the voices of Bill Murray, Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Michael Gambon and Owen Wilson.
  • Fantastic Mr Fox has also been adapted for the stage and turned into an opera.
  • When Wes Anderson was writing the Fantastic Mr Fox movie script he spent a lot of time at Roald Dahl’s home in Buckinghamshire. Dahl’s widow allowed him to look at Dahl’s writing shed and the gypsy caravan he kept in his garden.

  • The book is said to have been inspired by the ‘Witches’ Tree’, an old tree that grew close to his home in Great Missenden. Roald Dahl always used to tell his children that a family of foxes lived under the tree, in a hole beneath the trunk. Unfortunately, the tree is no longer standing.
  • In the book, Mr and Mrs Fox aren’t given first names, but in the film version, Mrs Fox is called Felicity after Roald Dahl’s widow.
  • The pub that Roald Dahl used to drink in, ‘The Nag’s Head’, appears in the Fantastic Mr Fox movie.

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Charles Kingsley: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Charles Kingsley. Charles Kingsely was born in Holne, Devon on 12 June 1819. He studied at King’s College London and at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Like his father, he decided to pursue a career in the church, and in 1844 he became the rector of Eversley, Hampshire. In 1859, Charles Kingsley… Continue Reading

Meg Cabot: Facts and Information

Her are some facts about Meg Cabot, the author of The Princess Diaries. Meg Cabot’s middle name is Patricia. She was born on February 1, 1967 in Bloomington, Indiana, in the United States. Her pen names include: Meggin Cabot, Patricia Cabot and Jenny Carroll. During her writing career, Meg Cabot has written books for adults, teens… Continue Reading

Edward Lear: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Edward Lear. Edward Lear was born on 12 May 1812 in Holloway in Middlesex, England. He was the youngest surviving child of the 21 children of Ann and Jeremiah Lear (his parents). He was raised by his sister, Ann, who was 21 years older than him. When he was four… Continue Reading

Giles Andreae: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Giles Andreae. Giles Andreae was born in 1966 in London, UK. He went to school at Eton and then studied English at Oxford University. Giles Andreae created the funny cartoon Purple Ronnie. His wife is called Victoria and they have four children. Giraffes Can’t Dance is his most well-known children’s book.… Continue Reading

Mick Inkpen: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Mick Inkpen, the children’s book author and illustrator. Mick Inkpen was born in 1952 in Romford in Essex, England. He is good friends with the children’s author Nick Butterworth. Mick Inkpen’s is best known for his Kipper the Dog series and his Wibbly Pig series. His books have sold more… Continue Reading