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Roald Dahl
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Book Description

6 Sep 2007

Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl is the much-loved tale of how Danny and his father outwitted the mean Mr Victor Hazell.

Danny thinks his dad is the most marvellous and exciting father a boy could wish for. Life is happy and peaceful in their gipsy caravan, until one day Danny discovers his dad has been breaking the law. What's more, soon Danny has to join his father as they attempt to pull off a daring and devilish plot against horrible, red-faced Mr Victor Hazell . . .

"A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero" David Walliams

Roald Dahl, the best-loved of children's writers, was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. After school in England he went to work for Shell in Africa. He began to write after "a monumental bash on the head", sustained as an RAF pilot in World War II. Roald Dahl died in 1990.

Quentin Blake is one of the best-known and best-loved children's illustrators and it's impossible now to think of Roald Dahl's writings without imagining Quentin Blake's illustrations.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (6 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141322675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141322674
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The son of Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and educated at Repton. He was a fighter pilot for the RAF during World War Two, and it was while writing about his experiences during this time that he started his career as an author.

His fabulously popular children's books are read by children all over the world. Some of his better-known works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The Witches, and The BFG.

He died in November 1990.

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Amazon Review

"My father, without the slightest doubt, was the most marvellous 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 subtle escapades 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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"A triumph. It is the most beguiling book . . . and wildly, hilariously funny. If ever a book were for all the family, this is it" (Evening Standard) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Danny Champion of the World 14 Mar 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Danny the Champion of the World was adapted into a children's book from one of Roald Dahl adult short stories. This book is perfect for slightly older children (aged 8 to 12). I first read it when I was nine and it was so exciting at the time I had to read some of it standing up because I could not sit still and read it at the same time. I still remembered the sheer excitement and tension when Danny was in the car. This is a gripping book for children to read.
It is also hugely touching as we see Danny's relationship to his Father develop. The sparky, enthusiastic and loving Father is an absolute joy to read about. Roald Dahl never had a Father himself (he died when he was young) and the figure in this book is obviously his ideal figure. I reread this book recently and I went for a walk though the autumn countryside afterwards because of it. It made me remember some important things that matter about life that I'd previously forgotten when I was lost under adult work and bills to pay. It left me profoundly affected.
The message at the end about what a Father should be should be a message to us all.
This is the most sensitive and well written of all Roald Dahl's children's books. It is also hugely funny. I feel so lucky to have been able to read Roald Dahl as a child. All children will love this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy the book instead 30 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this book as a child and bought this to read to my children. The problem with the Kindle version however is that not all the pages run in the correct order, which makes for a very confusing read.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Danny is the Champion 3 Dec 2008
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Format:Paperback
Danny the Champion of the world is a wonderful story about a boy and his father who become champions at poaching pheasants. Its such an amazing Roald Dahl book, its my favourite and its my dad's too. I couldnt put it down after I started reading it. I am giving it 5 stars as Roald Dahl uses such powerful verbs, adverbs and adjectives, so that you get everything planned in your head and it feels like your in the story. I would recommend to any boys and girls aged 7-12. By Ruby Davis aged 9.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisited after 30 years 20 July 2009
Format:Paperback
This is the first time I have read this book in 30 years since junior school, and I purchased it to read with my 7 year old daughter. All the memories came flooding back, the characters the plot the excitement.
My daughter enjoyed it just as much as I did 2nd time around. A must for any early reader either assisted or to read to. Quentin Blakes illustrations are equally vivid and memorable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. A typical Roald Dahl book. 17 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Wonderful stuff. You have to be mad not to buy it. It is about a young Boy who is poor and had to grow up in a Caravan. He was content but he would one day get a reward for his battling on on life. If i say any more i will give away what happens. The idea is ingenious and once again stretches the imagination along way. Something that will keep your child going for some time as well. Great value all round.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable.......... 22 May 2005
Format:Paperback
Danny the Champion of the World is one of those cross-over books of Roald Dahl: the storytelling is obviously aimed at children, while the subject is slightly more mature. The story, however, is enjoyable to read even for young children. Do not get me wrong though: this can be rather fun to read if you are slightly older (e.g. 11 or 12). There is a slight Henry Sugar-ish touch in Danny the Champion of the World: Danny could drive at the age of 9, thought up a great idea, and so on.
The story is mainly about a boy called Danny, who, at the age of 9, finds out his father's deepest darkest secret. Poaching. At first, Danny thinks it is not a good idea to steal 'valuable' birds from rich men, but he soon catches the 'poaching bug' and falls in love with poaching.Danny even develops his own poaching method, which he uses to try to take all the pheasants from Victor Hazel's wood............
I think that the end was a little too abrupt: most children will want to keep reading! However, this is not much, and doesn't take much away from the book. There is a little message at the end of Danny the Champion of the World and to be honest, everyone could learn from it.
Overall, this is a quality book that you should buy for your children (if you have any, that is!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My little girl loved this 5 Feb 2014
By John Ryan HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Been reading this story to my little girl for months. She's really enjoyed it. Not much more to say really!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of my favourite all time books 15 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am always amazed how exciting this book is. I have read it many times over the years, first to my own children and then to my grandchildren and every time the adventure is just as exciting. Brilliant read...
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