Danny the Champion of the World Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Feb 12 2002
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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
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This book is about a boy named Danny, who lives with his dad. His dad has a secret that is out and Danny is on a wild adventure to stop Mr. Hazel from finding out the secret. Mr. Hazel is a rich man with many pheasants, who's face turns red when he finds out Danny's father's secret.
This book is about the bond between father and son. There is only one thing standing in between Danny's bond with his Dad and that's the secret. We recommend this book because we like it ourselves. Be prepared, this book will take you on an adventure of a life time! But we warn you, Mr.Hazel isn't so friendly when he finds out the secret.
Our readers have some opinions about the book.
Stu- it was a good book because it was funny.
Zach- at the begining of the book I liked the plot, but I wished it would of changed at the end, more twisted.
Janel- I liked the book, it was funny, but when you learn about Danny's Dad's secret it gets better.
Savannah- It was boring at the beginning, but it got exciting towards the middle and the end.
The plot of the novel is to get back at Mr. Victor Hazel because he thinks he is the king of the town that he lives in. That's when Danny thinks of a way to get back at Mr. Hazel. The way is to use Danny' s fathers sleeping pills and put one forth of the sleeping pills and to put them into raisins and throw them to the pheasants. So when the pheasant eat the raisins after a little while when the pheasants go up to nest the pills will start to work and they will fall out of the trees. Then Danny and his dad go and pick up the pheasant. That also was an extremely astounding section in the novel. The characters are Danny and William (Danny's dad) those are the main characters. The reason I'm not telling the rest is because there are too many to name. The setting is somewhere in England, 1955. Danny lives in the country with his dad. Danny's dads name is William he is a mechanic and runs a filling station. Danny and his dad live in an old gypsy caravan that is behind the work shop.
The illustrations were just phenomenal. I thought that Quentin Blake was just your normal illustrator but I was wrong he is just a great no not a great but a fantastic illustrator. I think he is just one of the best illustrators I have ever heard of.
The action in this novel is so action packed every night I just wanted to keep reading. Every night my teacher gave me this book to read I wished we could finish the book it was so excellent.Read more ›
The book Danny Champion of the World is a great book to read. The book is not too much of a mystery. I don't like mysteries too much. This book is very surprising. The book is also not too boring at all. Once you think it's going to be boring something fantastic always happens. I think you might really like this book.
I fell in love with both Danny and his father, and both characters were so compelling I could almost overlook his father's deep, dark secret. (I won't ruin the surprise for you.)
Danny has a rather unconventional upbringing. His father, a mechanic, keeps him out of school until he is seven, because he feels it's important that the boy be able to completely take apart & put back together an automobile motor by the time he enters school. Danny's home education is by no means limited to automobiles; his father is a true naturalist, and shares his knowledge of birds, plants and animals with Danny.
Not only does Danny adore his father, but it is clear that Danny is his father's best friend.
The story really gets going after Danny is in school -- and discovers his father's secret. That's where the fun begins!
This tale was alternately heart-rending and hilarious. I absolutely love this one and expect that our copy will become very tattered in a few years' time.
Most recent customer reviews
A boy and a wonderful dad who sit together companionably, and talk, and plan an adventure that is bizarre and exciting. Read morePublished 8 months 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
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