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Danny’s life seems perfect: his home is a gypsy caravan, he’s the youngest car mechanic around, and his best friend is his dad, who never runs out of wonderful stories to tell. And when Danny discovers his father’s secret, he’s off on the adventure of a lifetime. Here’s Roald Dahl’s famous story about a 9-year-old boy, his dad, and a daring and hilarious pheasant-snatching ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 12th 2002 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 1975)
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Jeff
Sep 28, 2007 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Oddly to some, this still stands as my favorite Roald Dahl book. It's hard for me to pinpoint why, since it's my opinion and I hate examining my opinions too closely, but to take a swing at it:
It's one of the least zany of Dahl's books, which ultimately gives it staying power. With many of his other works, you get caught up in the wacky characters, situations, and goings ons and it's hard to take them as seriously once you get a little bit older and gain a little bit of sophistication. However,
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Brendon Schrodinger
Dec 03, 2015 Brendon Schrodinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
"Danny the Champion of the World", like most of Roald's work, can be seen in two different ways. Danny, 10 years old, lives with his father in gypsy caravan behind a filling station in rural England. His father is a mechanic and teaches Danny very early how to rebuild engines and be a brilliant mechanic. But his father has another hobby that was secret to Danny. When Danny finds out about it, his father brings him along. Family bonding, much happiness. Very sweet book.

Or it could be the tale of
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Stacey (prettybooks)
This post is part of the 2015 Classics Challenge.

"A stodgy parent is no fun at all. What a child wants and deserves is a parent who is SPARKY".

Danny thinks his dad is the most marvellous and exciting father a boy could wish for. Life is happy and peaceful in their gipsy caravan, until one day Danny discovers his dad has been breaking the law. What's more, soon Danny has to join his father as they attempt to pull off a daring and devilish plot against their horrible, greedy neighbour, Mr Victor H
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I got this book in 1988, when I was eight or nine years old, and it was a dear favourite of mine. The story of Danny and his fantastic dad, and their life in the old gypsy caravan by the petrol pumps and garage - it was at once a whole new other world, and something very near and dear to me.

Danny is raised by his dad, a mechanic and Danny's hero. They live in a colourful wooden caravan under a large apple tree, serving petrol and fixing cars. Danny's father teaches him all about cars and how to
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Saoirse Sterling
Read as part of the #InfiniteVariety2016 Reading Challenge based on the BBC's Big Read poll.

Danny and his dad live in a Gypsy caravan, enjoying the very simple things in life purely because they are forced to through having no money. It has one of those decent-enough storylines that is found in a lot of children's books (rich v. poor where the rich are generally all arseholes) and it is written pretty well-as well as his others-but there's just something completely missing from this particularly
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Philip
For the record, this was not my favorite Roald Dahl book. Something about the poaching seemed a little less "Robin Hood" and a little more... Uh... "sour grapes" than what I was hoping for. But whatever. It was still good.

And, it was one of the very, very few Roald Dahl books I'd never read. Either way, lets see what the kids said about it. (If it gets 4 or 5 stars, you know why...)

Dad: Alright! How many stars do you want to give it?

Eleanor: FIVE!

Gwennie: FIIIiiiiiVVEE?

E: Gwennie, you don't so
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Danny: The Champion of the World, Roald Dahl
عنوان: دنی قهرمان جهان؛ نویسنده: رولد دال؛ مترجم: مهدی وثوق؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر مرکز، کتاب مریم، 1380، در هشت و 198 ص، مصور، موضوع: خاطران دنی از پدرش
Huzeyfe
Apr 16, 2015 Huzeyfe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-english
Roald Dahl çocuk kitapları ile ün yapmış bir yazar. Bir arkadaşımın tavsiyesi üzerine okumaya başlamıştım ama kindle'im bozulduğu için birkaç aydır üşeniyordum yeni kindle'a aktarmaya. Geçen gün tamamlayayım dedim ve kalanı iki oturusta bitirdim.

Çok akıcı bir dili var. Genelde İngilizce kitaplar okurken sıkılıyorum. Ama gerek çocuk kitabı olduğu için akıcı ve anlaşılır bir kitap gerekse de Roald Dahl'in güzel cümleleri ile süslü olmasından ötürü insana keyif veren bir eser.

Danny henüz bebekken a
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Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Aug 21, 2015 Claire (Book Blog Bird) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
This is one of my favourite Roald Dahl books. It's simply the story of a boy, Danny, and his father, who is a pheasant poacher. That's it. It's one of his least crazy books and doesn't involve magic at all. Admittedly there is a huge madcap caper at the end, but it never truly pushes the boundaries of believability.

The story deals with all sorts of problems that children have growing up, including school and bullying and it's as relevant now as it was when it was written (apart form the use of c
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Soodaroo
Mar 23, 2007 Soodaroo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ok, read it
My God! this was what i said to myself; this man teaching his son who to steal from others? but then, some more pages . . . hummm . . . and some more pages . . . My God! this book is lovely, this is what all parents must to read, they do not know how react towards thier childeren, and this book teach them how . . . i love it . . .
Elisha Condie
May 25, 2011 Elisha Condie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
This is one of the sweetest books in the entire world. Danny and his father live in a little gypsy caravan behind the filling station where they work. Danny's Mum died ages ago and it's just the two of them and they are very happy together.

Then one day his Dad tells him about poaching, and how exciting it is. He teaches Danny the best ways to steal birds off the mean rich man's land and they hatch a plan to steal ALL of them the night before the big hunt to humiliate the mean rich man. But th
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Bunga Mawar
Saya suka pada ketabahan ayah Danny membesarkan putranya seorang diri.
Saya suka pada cinta Danny dan ayahnya.
Saya suka pada gambaran bahwa mereka bukan keluarga sempurna.

Dan setiap orang boleh untuk tidak suka pada suatu hal.
Saya tidak keberatan semua orang di kota Danny tidak suka pada Mr Hazell, si kaya yang sombong.

Yang saya tidak suka adalah gambaran bahwa orang2 di kota itu menganggap sah untuk mencuri burung2 pegar yang dipelihara di hutan Hazell, hanya karena hal tersebut menantang, nosta
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Suzanne
Sep 08, 2008 Suzanne rated it really liked it
The movie with Jeremy Irons, his wife, Sinead Cusack, his son and his father-in-law is just as good as the book! Great for all ages.
Celine
Jan 27, 2015 Celine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Another lovely book by Roald Dahl. Danny and his father live in a small gypsy caravan, and work together fixing cars and manning a gas pump. The bond between Danny and his dad is absolutely fabulous, and I think as a kid, I would have loved living in that caravan. Danny's dad has a terrible secret - he loves to poach pheasants. The story was incredibly sweet. The only thing that made me uncomfortable was the fact that they're essentially killing animals to eat them. Now, I'm not a vegetarian or ...more
Hassan Ali
Mar 20, 2014 Hassan Ali rated it it was amazing
Book review 11 – Danny the Champion of the World – Roald Dahl

This is one of my favourite Roald Dahl books. It was bought for me as a present and since then, has always remained in my heart. This is a magnificent story of strong, and angelic relationship between a boy and his father and how their bond takes them on an unforgettable journey. Danny lives with his Dad in a simple caravan behind their petrol station. They live a happy life and both Danny and his dad enjoy each other’s company immense
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Dana Salman
Aug 31, 2009 Dana Salman rated it did not like it
Shelves: boring-books
A bit far-fetched. I'd passed by this book many times before and it never caught my interest on account of it being long and the title not being more discriptive. You could be the champion of the world through many things; doing something exceedingly difficult or impossible, inventing something that could cure world hunger, or something else equally huge. Drugging two hundred pheasants is not exactly what I had in mind. All that crap Danny's father talks about poaching being an art. Who in their ...more
Fatemeh Eftekhari
Jul 05, 2015 Fatemeh Eftekhari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تمام کتاب خون بودن امروزمو مدیون کتاب های این چنینی یچگی هایم هستم که سخت دوستشون داشتم
و مدیون دختر خاله ی عزیزم که این کتاب هم هدیه اون بود :)
Asghar Abbas
Jan 08, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing

One of the first books I ever loved though I thought it was a little sad too. I remember it really made me wanna eat a pheasant too, haha.
Adam
Apr 21, 2007 Adam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-as-a-kid
This was my favorite Roald Dahl book as a kid, which I think is rather funny considering it's the only one that has absolutely no magic in it. But hey, it's a story about a gypsy boy who invents the best way ever to steal pheasants from rich people. How can you not love it?
Jared Little
Apr 18, 2014 Jared Little rated it liked it
This book is required reading for our 6th grade students, and I got my hands on a copy the other day. While I never read this book as a youth, I appreciate it's fantastical english humor and Roald Dahl wit.

Danny is the son of a widowed man named William who live in rural England. The two men live in a gypsy caravan and William works at a filling station. Unbeknownst to Danny, William is also a poacher, and often takes local pheasants. When William has a run in with a local baron, Danny and Willi
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Alan Jacob
Apr 25, 2012 Alan Jacob rated it did not like it
The book follows a young primary school child who tells his story of his life and his father's. The story mainly centres around the child's love for his father and how best to trap pheasants, while evading the aristocrat character who owns the woods where the birds live.
I was fairly disappointed by this book from a renowned author as there was a very weak storyline that did not engage me. At times it felt as though the author was trying to just fill the pages with laborious and pointless diver
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Punk
Aug 31, 2007 Punk rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
YA. I got this book as a reward for participating in my library's summer reading program back when I was still short enough to read for cash and prizes. Ironically enough, I never read it. Sab instructed me to do so, and I finally dug it out and gave it a go.

This is a book about Danny and the very best father a boy could ever want. There's something a tad creepy about a boy who idolizes his father this much, but I'm not a boy living alone with his father in the English countryside in the 1970s,
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Rebecca
Jul 21, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
In either year 2 or 3 (actually I think it happened both years) my class had a substitute teacher at the end of the year. She was amazing and I adored her. She would always read us stories which of course I loved. As well as this book she also read us Roald Dahls The Witches and The BFG.

Anyways I was totally enthralled with this story and the day she finished it I went home and was RAVING about it and either my brother or mother told me we had a copy of it somewhere that belonged to my brother b
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Sonia Gomes
Oct 02, 2012 Sonia Gomes rated it really liked it
On the face, seems a simple book; Danny and his father live in a caravan with very few luxuries, strangely Danny's father harbours a deep secret. He is a poacher loves a good pheasant. Danny's father comes from a long line of poachers, Danny's grandfather had in fact nearly perfected the art of poaching pheasants. And then Danny tries his Master Plan which involves poaching of 250 birds the entire flock of birds carefully bred and nurtured by Mr Hazell. Yes they do succeed, however with mixed re ...more
David McCrea
Mar 06, 2016 David McCrea rated it liked it
I loved this book because I was amazed how Danny could repair cars in a work shop at the age of 5 and that he learns to go poaching. I also liked because Danny and his Dad get rid of Mr Hazel by making pheasents go after him and damage his new car because Mr Hazel was mean. It was also interesting that they just lived in a Caravan. Danny does a lot of favours for everyone.
Faith Spinks
I loved this book as a kid and the re-read as an adult did not disappoint. In fact, started last night and I read it in just two sittings.

This is the story of a father and son and their adventure together. Danny's mum died when he was a baby and he was brought up by his dad who is the most wonderful dad in the whole world (according to Danny). Danny and his dad live in a little gypsy caravan behind the petrol filling station which his dad runs. One night Danny wakes to discover his father is mi
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ABC
Mar 04, 2012 ABC rated it it was amazing
Shelves: older-kids
This was one of my all-time favorites when I was a kid. I read it several times. And now my son loves it, too!

It is a father/son story, but all the more poignant because Dahl's dad died when Dahl was quite young. The book blurb says Dahl learned poaching from a friend.

Now that I am an adult I see that it (perhaps unintentionally) poses the question of whether it is okay to steal from someone who is horrible and rich? Danny and his dad are sort of like Robin Hood in this book. Editted to add: I h
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Cristine Braddy
Oct 17, 2014 Cristine Braddy rated it really liked it
I read this book to my kids and we absolutely loved it. Dahl has a way of sparking imagination. My kids loved the character Danny and wanted more and more of him. I love where Dahl goes with the story. I was skeptical in the beginning but when it was over the book left a lasting impression.
Penguin Random House Canada
Oct 04, 2012 Penguin Random House Canada rated it it was amazing
Shelves: penguin-reviews
It’s my firm belief that reading at least one Roald Dahl book every month will keep you young at heart forever. Roald Dahl is one of the most iconic children's authors of our time. His imagination spans far and wide and he knows just how to make you laugh and tingle with excitement all at once, perhaps because he was so young at heart himself. Danny’s story is brave, bold, witty, touching, and utterly exciting all at once. Great for boys and girls ages 5 and up (and by up I mean all the way into ...more
Donna
Feb 22, 2016 Donna rated it liked it
Just finished reading this to my kids. They liked it, I didn't mind it either but definitely not one of his best.
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Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.

Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as "A Piece of Cake". The story, about his wartime a
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“I was glad my father was an eye-smiler. It meant he never gave me a fake smile because it's impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren't feeling twinkly yourself. A mouth-smile is different. You can fake a mouth-smile any time you want, simply by moving your lips. I've also learned that a real mouth-smile always has an eye-smile to go with it. So watch out, I say, when someone smiles at you but his eyes stay the same. It's sure to be a phony.” 273 likes
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