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Danny the Champion of the World (1975)

by Roald Dahl

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I hate this book. To be fair, I don't care for Dahl (he's got great ideas, but they're always poorly executed). This particular book, though, I couldn't get behind it at all. It's all about illegal poaching. I loathe hunters and I hate illegal activities. Plus, the whole book is very petty. Nope. No thank you. ( )
  benuathanasia | May 17, 2017 |
Read this children's book for year 1975 of my birthday challenge -- a nice palate-cleanser from my usual reads. I enjoyed this a great deal.

Danny and his widowed dad live in a caravan, and Danny's dad introduces him to pheasant poaching -- this book covers the escapades and has the usual Dahl-type villains. But, this book is different from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or James and the Giant Peach (the only other Dahls I've read, although I've seen movies based on some of his other books) in that Danny's dad is a buffer and protector from these villains. ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | Apr 26, 2017 |
a young boy finds out his father is poacher, comes up with a way to poach all the birds. Classic Dahl[of course, what ISN’T classic Dahl? lol] ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
A wonderful and sweet story of the love between father and son and their triumph over an overbearing bully.
Recommended for both children and adults. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
“I knew a baby once who caught his fingers in the spokes of a pram wheel,” my father said. “It cut them clean off.”
The doctor smiled.

Classic Dahl. What's really clever is how the novel is fully a third in before any characters other than Danny and his father appear on stage. You have recalled incidents but they exist in a sort of dream-like world made real. ( )
  Lukerik | Sep 16, 2016 |
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Danny the champion of the world by Roald Dahl, 1975- 205 pages. Isabel Arguelles 10 A

Danny was a boy that had 9 years old, he lived only with his dad, because her mom died when he had 4 months. He and his dad were very poor and they lived on a Gypsy caravan. His father worked on a filling station and on a garage.Danny wanted to be a car mechanic like him and he was very proud of him. one night, woke up and he saw that his father wasn't there, so when his father came to the caravan, he ask to him what he was doing, and he told to him a dark secret. he was a pheasant poacher. he knew that it was stealing, but he steals from a mean man called Mr.hazell.

Another night, his father went to a poaching expedition but he didnt return, so Danny distressed, drives his car made of wood to find him. he found him on a pit on Mr.hazell's land, but his father had a broken leg, so Danny take him to the doctor. when they were there, danny had a brillant idea, to ridicule Mr. hazell for doing this to his dad.

Mr. hazell was going to have a party were many rich people, were going to shoot many pheasants, so Danny said to his father that the favourite food of the pheasants were the raisins, so he said to him that if they put the raisins with the medicine of the leg of his father ,the pheasants would sleep and they would capture them, before the party, so when Mr. hazell were going to shoot a pheasant he could not do. he made the plan and he capture 120 pheasants, so his father and the doctor called him the champion of the world.

new words:
pheasants: noun. Any of numerous large, usually long-tailed, Old World gallinaceous birds. Pg 30
poaching: noun. the illegal practice of trespassing on another's property to hunt or steal game without the landowner's permission.Pg 28
flabbergast: verb.to overcome with surprise and bewilderment; astound.Pg 78
knitting: noun. the act of a person or thing that knits. Pg 121
swivel:a fastening device that allows the thing fastened to turn around freely upon it, especially to turn in a full circle. Pg 133

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When I was four months old, my mother died suddenly and my father was left to look after me all by himself.
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Life couldn't be better for Danny - a gypsy caravan for a home, a garage where he could work on cars all day, and a best friend who never ran out of surprises and inventions: his father. But Dad has one surprise that catches Danny completely off-guard, a secret passion that he's hidden for years. Now the secret's out and Danny's off on an adventure that will make him a legend in his own time.
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Not a fantasy,

but this is still one of Dahl's

most fantastic works.


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"My father, without the slightest doubt, was the most marvelous and exciting father any boy ever had." Danny feels very lucky. He adores his life with his father, living in a gypsy caravan, listening to his stories, tending their gas station, puttering around the workshop, and occasionally taking off to fly home-built gas balloons and kites. His father has raised him on his own, ever since Danny's mother died when he was four months old. Life is peaceful and wonderful... until he turns 9 and discovers his father's one vice. Soon Danny finds himself the mastermind behind the most incredible plot ever attempted against nasty Victor Hazell, a wealthy landowner with a bad attitude. Can they pull it off? If so, Danny will truly be the champion of the world. Danny is right up to Roald Dahl's impishly brilliant standards. An intense and beautiful father-son relationship is balanced with sublegal high jinks that will have even the most rigid law-abider rooting them on. Dahl's inimitable way with words leaves the reader simultaneously satisfied and itching for more. (Ages 9 to 13) --Emilie Coulter

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A young English boy describes his relationship with his father and the special adventure they share together.

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4 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

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