Danny The Champion Of The World

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Danny The Champion Of The World

by Roald Dahl
Illustrator Quentin Blake

Penguin Young Readers Group | August 16, 2007 | Trade Paperback

Danny The Champion Of The World is rated 4 out of 5 by 3.
Can Danny and his father outsmart the villainous Mr. Hazell?

Danny has a life any boy would love—his home is a gypsy caravan, he''s the youngest master car mechanic around, and his best friend is his dad, who never runs out of wonderful stories to tell. But one night Danny discovers a shocking secret that his father has kept hidden for years. 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.75 × 5.01 × 0.5 in

Published: August 16, 2007

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142410330

ISBN - 13: 9780142410332

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best Dahl story ever! I have read through a wide selection of Roald Dahl's books including the ones that get the most publicity, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and The Witches. When I found Danny Champion of the World, I found a book that seemed far more personal for Dahl. Indeed, in backgrounds to the story, it seems he wrote it to reflect his relationship to his own father. I love this book. I read it every year or so. I read it to my primary classes at school. I buy extra copies and give them away so others will read it and learn to love it too. It is a story of a father and son, a father who is left to raise his son after his wife dies when the son is an infant. There is an awesome tenderness throughout the book even while the characters are setting traps, dealing with nasty neighbours and just struggling to get by. There are many wonderful lessons children and adults can learn in this entertaining novel. Hopefully, unlike other reviewers, you will be clever enough to see them. Empathy, kindness, resourcefulness, compassion and the strong bond of love between a father and child even while you laugh at their adventures. Read this book, read it with a child if you can, and learn to love it too.
Date published: 2014-07-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unexciting Danny The Champion Of The World by Roald Dahl is uninteresting for adults and does not teach good lessons to children, other than that they should enjoy spending time with their fathers. Such lessons include that even though poaching is wrong, you should still do it because it is exciting, thus you should do bad things to bad people. If I had children, I would not allow them to read this novel. Danny and his father assemble things at their pump station, and spend all of their time together. One day Danny’s father lets him in on a secret, that he used poach birds. Danny comes up with a clever plan and his dad starts calling him “Danny the Champion of the World.”
Date published: 2008-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book I've Ever Read!!!!! I've read Danny, the Champion over twelve times since I got it (5 years ago) and every time has been better than the last. They should make a movie of this! (but if they do it won't be as good as the book!)
Date published: 2005-08-12

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Danny The Champion Of The World

by Roald Dahl
Illustrator Quentin Blake

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.75 × 5.01 × 0.5 in

Published: August 16, 2007

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142410330

ISBN - 13: 9780142410332

About the Book

anny s dad had a secret, but now the secret s out and it s going to lead Danny on the adventure of a lifetime.

Read from the Book

The Filling Station WHEN I was four months old, my mother died suddenly and my father was left to look after me all by himself. This is how I looked at the time. I had no brothers or sisters. So all through my boyhood, from the age of four months onward, there was just us two, my father and me. We lived in an old gypsy caravan behind a filling station. My father owned the filling station and the caravan and a small meadow behind, but that was about all he owned in the world. It was a very small filling station on a small country road surrounded by fields and woody hills. While I was still a baby, my father washed me and fed me and changed my diapers and did all the millions of other things a mother normally does for her child. That is not an easy task for a man, especially when he has to earn his living at the same time by repairing automobile engines and serving customers with gasoline. But my father didn''t seem to mind. I think that all the love he had felt for my mother when she was alive he now lavished upon me. During my early years, I never had a moment''s unhappiness or illness, and here I am on my fifth birthday. I was now a scruffy little boy as you can see, with grease and oil all over me, but that was because I spent all day in the workshop helping my father with the automobiles. The filling station itself had only two pumps. There was a wooden shed behind the pumps that served as an office. There was nothing in the office except an old table and a cash register t
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From the Publisher

Can Danny and his father outsmart the villainous Mr. Hazell?

Danny has a life any boy would love—his home is a gypsy caravan, he''s the youngest master car mechanic around, and his best friend is his dad, who never runs out of wonderful stories to tell. But one night Danny discovers a shocking secret that his father has kept hidden for years. 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.

About the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12