Thursday, January 28, 2010

28. Boggis and Bunce and Bean

Over a road, along a track, up and down hills, through the State Forest, down the pipeline and in a valley there is a chicken farm. At certain times of the year if the wind is blowing the wrong way we can smell it, 2kms away. Wouldn't Fantastic Mr Fox like these chicken sheds. There are three massive sheds full of delicious, plump chickens.

I think of Roald Dahl's book Fantastic Mr Fox when I see these huge chicken sheds. There are three of them sprawling across the valley. I also think of the times Katherine, Carey and I travelled to Melbourne when I was completing my Bachelor of Ed in 1989-90. We would listen to Roald Dahl reading his book Fantastic Mr Fox all the way to Melbourne. (We had cassette tapes and book sets of many stories.) And from then on, I can always hear Roald Dahl's voice in my head, when I read this to children at school. Only an author knows how to read their story with the correct expression. Roald Dahl's English accent also added to the pleasing sound.

And now the movie Fantastic Mr Fox has been released I have to go and see what they have done to his story. I'm looking forward to seeing
Boggis and Bunce and Bean,
One fat, one short, one lean.

Who else might like to see the movie with me?


  1. I would love to come and see the movie with you, but that would have to be virtually. My children grew up on Roald Dahl and loved his books. The next generation will probably read them on an iPad, kindle or something we havent even thought of yet. All the best for the new school year!

  2. Thanks Anne. Roald Dahl wrote wonderful stories. Hope you have a great start to your school year also.

  3. I would come and see it with you but I am worried they have made it too modern... I am not a fan of movies that detract from the original story in the book. Apparently Mr Fox is a newspaper editor... I don't remember that part!!

    Kate and the horse camp however, that was a classic book on tape and I would definitely go and see that, haha.

  4. Might see it next weekend sometime. Coming?