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Danny the Champion of the World Paperback – 6 Sep 2007

4.8 out of 5 stars 214 customer reviews

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Product details

  • 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 (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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When I was at school, I remember my boyfriend telling me that this had been is all-time favourite book when he was a kid. Far more recently (obviously!) I read it to my daughter and having done so I totally get where he was coming from. Danny the Champion of the World really is Dahl at his best. It is unique among his literature in that it is one of the very few of his books where the main adult character is not nasty but nice ... incredibly nice. It is a heart-warming story centered on a fantastic father-son relationship in which Dahl has literally crafted the character of the best dad in the world to perfection.
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This book is about how Danny becomes the champion of poaching pheasants through a quite ingenious idea he has. I won't say what it is you can read the book to find out. It's also about a young boys relationship with his warm loving father with the twinkly eyes and the strong bond of love between them. The lovely friends surrounding them like Doctor Spencer and Seargant Samway also deserve a mention. No Roald Dahl book is ever complete without there being one bad character which in this case is Victor Hazell. I am really looking forward to reading Roald Dahl's 'Going Solo' and 'Boy' which I believe is rather autobiographical to see where he got these wonderful ideas from !
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Easily my favourite and the best of Roald Dahl's work! Highly recomended! None of the magical or fantasy elements of most of his books, but it makes up for that with loads of charm, wit and charisma! A simple story of a boy and his father against the world!
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This was a Christmas gift for my grandson who is 7 yrs old. He put it on his bookshelf and hasn't really looked at it but I suspect it is intended for a slightly older age grp. My own son had a copy many years ago and loved it.
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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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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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