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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (6 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141322675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141322674
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,793 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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: "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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"This is one of the great (and very few) books about a boy's love for his father, told in a non-sentimental way." (Michael Rosen S Magazine, Sunday Express)

"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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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar. 2003
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 30 Jun. 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 30 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
Danny the Champion of the World is one of the best books I've ever read!

Danny and his dad live in a caravan near Hazells wood, Danny thinks he knows everything about his dad but you know everyone has a secret. It's so wonderful when you read about William's (Danny's dad) poaching tatics. The two get up to some amazing things and I enjoyed this book so much because it's so...exciting!

I've read tons of Dahl's books but this is the best so far - I've never really been intrested in father and son tales neither poaching and at first I didn't think I'd really enjoy but I was proved wrong, although I wasn't overly impressed with the school scenes, it shows great courage, passion and adventure in this book.

I would thoughly recommend this book to anyone over the age of eight I'm sure you'll enjoy it, once again it was a delightful book to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 1 July 2009
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Danny the Champion of the World is a book about amazing and exciting things that happen to a father and son. Danny and his Dad live in Hazells Wood, where they own a filling station; they lead a very basic life until William (Danny's Dad) tells him about his favourite thing ever - Poaching!

I have enjoyed this book extremely and I am pleased that I have read it; I just couldn't put the book down. Its plot is mainly good but I wasn't overly impressed with the school scenes but I love the idea of taking a risk that can sometimes benefit.

This was a brilliant read and I would recommend for anyone over the age of nine - I hope this has given you a little insight (I don't want to give away the story too much!) but I'm sure you'll enjoy reading it.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 3 Dec. 2008
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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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`Danny the Champion of the World' is about the relationship between Danny and his father, and the fun they have together. Danny is a young boy, whose mother died when he was very small. Danny and his father live in a sky blue gypsy caravan. The fields around them, as far as they can see, are all owned by Mr Victor Hazell. Mr Hazell owns Hazell's woods, a forest full of plump pheasants, ready to be shot on the big shooting party, at the beginning of October.

Danny is a bright, happy boy who helps his father out at their filling station. His father is a loving, caring man, who smiles with his eyes and gets as excited as a little boy. Roald Dahl describes Mr Victor Hazell as a `roaring snob', `with tiny piggy eyes', and `with a face as pink as ham, all soft and inflamed from drinking too much beer.' Mr Hazell owns a brewery. Doc Spencer, Danny's father's friend, has the same secret as Danny's father. He is a tiny man, with a tiny round face, and Danny used to think his face looked like an elf. Roald Dahl described his face as `brown and wrinkly as a shrivelled apple'!

Danny thinks he knows his father inside out, but then he discovers that he is hiding a big secret, a secret against the law. Soon, Danny gets involved, and finds himself in the biggest adventure ever, plotting against the greedy landowner Mr Victor Hazell. Will their risky plan go right for Danny and his father, or will it all go horribly wrong?

This book is a fantastic read, with wonderfully described characters. The setting is very charming, and you can easily get a good image of it in your head. It is a childish book, in the best possible way. It is witty, with funny language, and great similes. Some of these are: `poacher's bottom', `mad as mackerel', or made up words like `splendiferous'.
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