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Danny: The Champion of the World (original 1975; edition 1975)

by Roald Dahl

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Title:Danny: The Champion of the World
Authors:Roald Dahl
Info:Knopf Books for Young Readers (1975), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 196 pages
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Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl (1975)

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I can’t remember much about “Danny, the Champion of the World”, as I read it when at primary school, but I do recall how popular Roald Dahl was with most if not all of the class, and this book was amongst the most popular. For that reason I’m rating this four stars and hope I’m not being unjustified.

I either read this or had it read to me (the equivalent to an audio book) or both somewhere from 1983-85, thus I’ve put 1984 as reading dates as an average. I will have read/heard a few of Mr Dahl’s books during this period, of which some titles I can’t remember at all.

If I had to or wanted to re-read any children’s books for some reason or other then I’d definitely opt for works by this author. All these years on and he’s left a very faint yet happy memories in the back of my mind. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Feb 5, 2015 |
One of the best things about the four-year space between my children is that I can enjoy a delightful story with both of them knowing that the younger one is going to forget it within a year or so, and I'll have a chance to enjoy it with him again before too long.

This is just the kind of delightful book I'm looking forward to revisiting.

I love how some of Dahl's other stories showed up in this book. My daughter is reading The BFG with her dad, and we were tickled that this is one of the stories Danny's dad tells him.

I also loved that this gave my daughter a different view of poachers. She's an eight-year-old animal-lover and aspiring animal rights activist, and I appreciate that this book gives another perspective on why someone might hunt an animal illegally besides just financial gain. Dahl doesn't say poaching is good, he just presents a situation in which it's not clearly bad. I like this moral ambiguity. Poaching in this book is stealing, it's dangerous, and it's not even necessary for the characters in the story to do, but it's also a challenge (even more than legal hunting as it's practiced in the book) and something that brings people together and creates community. Of course, it's also a way to get the goat of a mean rich guy, and that's always fun, I suppose.

Danny's father is perhaps a teensy bit too perfect for my taste, but at least he flirts with doing the wrong thing (like getting into a temper and almost beating up a man). But then, this just highlights the moral ambiguity in the book. Here I'm applying the labels "right" and "wrong" to the behavior of a man who has a yen for trespassing and stealing pheasants, a man who could be called a criminal. It's not even clear to me where I draw the line between right and wrong, and it's not totally clear to the characters, either.

This along with Dahl's characteristic way of telling someone's emotions by describing their actions is why I love this book. Dahl writes a fairly simple scene, like a walk to school, and injects so much emotion and meaning into it, it becomes something so much bigger, but not in a heavy-handed way.

Like I said: delightful! ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Nov 6, 2014 |
A conversation with one of my elementary school teachers brought this book to mind and I am so glad. I forgot how beautiful it is. How much love their is between this father and son. How funny and frivolous. This is a completely underrated piece of Dahl's work. ( )
  KRaySaulis | Aug 13, 2014 |
Another wonderful Roald Dahl book, we listened to about half of this on Audible and I read about half of it aloud. I had never read it before and it was a wonderful story about a boy and his father--up against a villainous neighbor and aided by a variety of characters from the local village. My six-year old son pointed out that it is the mirror image of Matilda--it's about a boy not a girl, the headmaster is good not bad, the teacher is bad not good and the father is good not bad. It is not as inventive as some other Roald Dahl (BFG, Charlie), the plot is not as interesting as some others (Matilda), and some of it seems extraneous (the scenes at school), but overall it is still amusing, sweet and ultimately morally righteous. ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
As I said in my review of D is for Dahl there are no official biographies of the illustrious author himself but a few of his children's stories are odes to his past and this is one of them. The story centers on Danny and his father, William, who it must be said is one of the greatest fathers known to man. It is a thank you note to all of the fathers who take the time to really get to know their kids and who share parts of themselves in return. A lighthearted tale of a boy who came into his own and at the same time learned to love his father even more (which was quite the feat since he loved him quite a lot). As you'd expect with Dahl it's full to bursting with whimsy and imagination and I dare you to read it and not feel buoyed up with joy. ( )
  AliceaP | May 28, 2014 |
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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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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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"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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