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Danny the Champion of the World Paperback – August 16, 2007
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The primary reason for my review is to share with potential parents that the only thing I ever remembered about this book (keep in mind that I only read it once) was the relationship the son had with the father and that poaching is bad. I've seen a few reviews that make mention of this ethical topic in the story and I feel THAT is what keeps it from being one of Dahl's more popular stories. So, from my inner child's mind, I assure you that the story is stronger than the message. And that if you're a good parent you can be there to answer any questions that the child may have. But, like I said, I read it without supervision from my school's book club over 30 yeas ago and I never poached any pheasants nor judged rich people as being evil along the way. I am looking forward to reading it again. That is all.
This is the story about the love between a father and a son. Danny and his father run a filling station and live in a very modest "gypsie" caravan next to the station's workshop, Danny's mother died when he was a baby. Danny's father adores him, one night he takes him into his confidence and tells him that he been out poaching pheasants from the rich and unlikable Victor Hazell's property. Well, of course, Danny wants to be included and masterminds a wonderful scheme to poach a record number of Hazell's pheasants.
My daughter and I certainly talked about the fact that poaching is stealing and stealing is wrong and that it would never be okay for someone to steal in real life...
But that certainly didn't stop us from rooting for Danny and his father and enjoying their triumph over the hated Victor Hazell.
We loved the wonderful story telling, the sweetness of the love between a parent and a child and the good old fashioned triumphing of the underdog.
If you are looking for a special book to read with your child I would urge you to try this. I loved it when I was a child and I loved reading it to my daughter, I can't wait to read it to my son.
Update July 2011: I recently read this with my son and it was just as wonderful as I remembered it. He loved listening to the story, every night we read it he begged for me to read more. He says it's his favorite book. I still highly recommend this book, reading it is presents opportunities to talk about your values with your children.
This is a work of fiction that runs between 220-250 pages, depending on the edition. It's a wonderful book that shows a deep and moving love between father and son. I have read it to my 6th grade students, my own nephews, and my nieces. Every child I have ever read it to loved it for its wholesome excitement and vivid detail. This book is probably best for 8-12 year old children depending on their reading ability. Although so many children love this book, some may find that its plot is too simple. There are very few sub-plots, so the book is there's not a lot to stretch a child's capacity to understand complex plot structure.
All in all, this is a wonderful book full of suspense, love, and excitement.
Danny, Champion of the World. Puffin. Roald Dahl, Illustrated by Quentin Blake. This most recent version was published in August, 2007.
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If you are looking for a book that has adveture, cleverness, and a fast going pace this is the book for you. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Donna G.
I Love this book, I never had a father... And I felt the love in this book for a father and his son and vice verses. It was as if I was their in the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by may
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This is my favorite children's book. When it was first published, my 11-year-old son asked me to read it to him. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bupah
I am a 66 year old grandmother to 2 wonderful boys living across the "pond"
In England. I read this little book because they love it. Now I know why.
My daughter's review (age 11)
I think that this book was one of the best books I have ever read. It was enjoyable in many different ways. Read more
I'm 44 years old and this was my favorite book as a child. I've always remembered it and was glad to add it to my library as an adult. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Scott