Danny, the Champion of the World (Puffin Books) Paperback – 1 Mar 1989
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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.
"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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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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This was always my favourite Roald Dahl when my children were at that age. I have bought this for my 7 year old grandson - maybe I won't give it to him for another year, but I... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Sheila Broadway
Read this as a child and revisiting it now aged 24! Still a classic in my eyes despite some of it being considered a bit "dated" by modern standards. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert B.
I believe this is a good story for families to read because it is really funny.
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Enjoying reading this to my 5 year old. Captivating his imagination and keeping him interested. A fabulous read.Published 2 months ago by H. Coupe
Brilliant as you would expect from Roald Dahl. A very successful attempt to get a disenchanted 9 year old boy reading again.Published 2 months ago by Sheecra