Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fantastic Mr. Fox & My Top 5 Favorite Roald Dahl Books

I'm so glad that there is going to movie version of Fantastic Mr. Fox coming out.

Not that I'm holding my breathe for it to be the most amazing cinematic experience, but because I love Roald Dahl.

Growing up my greatest pleasures in reading seem to jump from the pages of Dahl's books, and Fantastic Mr. Fox is no exception.

Last year, I even got a copy of this one for Christmas, oh, how the pleasure of this little page turner came back.

Dahl is goofy, smart, and fun, and writes in such a conversational and surprising style it tickles the brains of children with it's rich creativity.

So, with Wes Anderson's film version of Fantastic Mr. Fox coming out, I thought I would list my...

My Top 5 favorite Roald Dahl Books as a Child

5. The Witches
4. James and the Giant Peach
3. Matilda
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox
1. The BFG

[Runner-up Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but since I had seen the movie, it just didn't seem as magical because the pictures were already in my head.]

If you have a young person on your holiday wish list, I recommend getting these books in their hands, they'll blow any boy wizard out of the water!


Daniel said...


But...I don't know about these adaptations, because as you perfectly say, "it just didn't seem as magical because the pictures were already in my head."

I'm kind of wondering if that's not why I didn't enjoy Where the Wild Things Are very much, either.

Watch Free Movies said...

I'm a big fan of Wes Anderson's films. Fantastic Mr Fox is my favourite Roald Dahl book. But their styles aren't compatible - and that's what ultimately sours this movie for me.

Visually, it's brilliant. The animation is wonderful. It looks just like any other WA film. Lots of detail. Lots of camera pans and "square" shots. Title cards. Fantastic.