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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 --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 an alternate Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
A boy and a wonderful dad who sit together companionably, and talk, and plan an adventure that is bizarre and exciting. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Stephen Park
got this book within 3 days of ordering it, it was reasonably price and my son enjoyed very much. perfect for his book reportPublished on Feb. 4 2013 by ladydi
Though the theme of poaching may not be the best one, this is still a great book on the number one way to be a great dad: spend quality time with your children...Published on Dec 14 2008 by Supercharged Steed
This is the sixth Roald Dahl book that I have read to my girls (who are now ages 7 and 6), and all of the previous books (Charlie and Chocolate Factory, The BFG, James and the... Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Brian P. McDonnell
This is a very good book. It's about Danny and his dad. Thery love to go poaching to gether until one day. When Mr. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2003
I read this book to my son before bed. I think it was a great book! I love the way a son and father work together in it to accomplish their goal. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003
This book is an awesome adventure story about Danny and his father. I grew up without my real dad in my life, and this book was a positive "scapegoat" for me, during many... Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2003
I recommend this.... TO EVERYONE. It's a great book. It has action, adventure, and comedy. Danny has been motherless since he was really little. Read morePublished on May 1 2003
Danny is an adventureous 9-year old who finds out about his fathers deepest secret. Do you think this plot will succeed?Read it and you will find out.Published on April 16 2003