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Danny the Champion of the World

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  31,981 ratings  ·  1,208 reviews

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.

Published January 1st 1983 by Bantam Books (first published 1975)
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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,
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
Mar 23, 2007 Soodaroo rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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.
Hassan Ali
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
Dana Salman
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
Nov 05, 2007 Rebecca rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Shelves: favourites
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
Sonia Gomes
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
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
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
Cristine Braddy
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.
Charles Finch
I've read this ten times or more, so it was no surprise how wonderful it was, but I'd forgotten how vivid some of the language is. A glob of spit sits on dry dust "like an oyster," "little sparks of gold shining through the trees" at twilight - dozens of small flourishes of observation that would grace a literary novel. This is one of my favorite books. I'm so glad it exists.
Jared Little
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
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?
My personal favorite RD book. I wanted to live in a cozy gypsy caravan like Danny.
Any time Roald Dahl came up in conversation over the past several years, at least one of my friends would mention Danny the Champion of the World as his or her favorite book. I was surprised -- I always imagined myself a Roald Dahl fan (as a little kid I must have read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory five times, and my copy of Matilda is dog-eared and faded from frequent use) and I had never heard of Danny until I was an adult. After reading a couple of chapters I turned to these friends and a ...more
Danny is a kid who lives in an old caravan with his dad and helps out at his father's mechanic station here and there. They have a great relationship, which is probably my favorite thing about this book, and Danny would rather spend time with his dad than anyone else in the world. One day, Danny discovers his father's deep, dark secret, and the next thing you know, they're off together, hatching a plan to get back at the mean and stingy Mr. Hazell, who has a number of pheasants on his land (I do ...more
Do you know what Danny knows to be true? That his dad is the best dad in the world. He can make anything seem exciting and magical. They are a real team, Danny and his dad, living on their own in a caravan just outside Danny's dad's service station.

Do you want to know something about Danny's dad? He has a secret passion and that secret is going to bring about some particularly crazy adventures for them both. There may be a villianous, crabby man down the road who gets his comeuppance and there w
Danny is a young boy who lives a happy life alone with his father, William. They dwell in a gipsy caravan beside the filling station and garage they own. Danny deeply loves his father and the book describes the pleasant life they led, until William’s “deepest, darkest secret…” is revealed. William is a poacher of pheasants.

The local landowner, Mr Hazlett, is the victim of this poaching. Hazlet is a character whose villainy is established after his arrogant treatment of Danny and his father. Our
"Danny, the Champion of the World" is about a boy named Danny, he lives in a old gypsy station wagon ever since his mom died. Danny's dad is pretty poor so he works really hard for auto mobiles. But his dad was keeping a secret so important, he couldn't even tell Danny. Danny never knew what his dad did. Until now. When Danny was about nine, he woke in the middle of the night. He found that his dad was not in his bunk. He crept out of his and went to the workshop... He wasn't there either. He ca ...more
Alan Jacob
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
Although I find the fact that Danny's father teaches Danny how to steal disturbing, I did enjoy this book for its great characterization, the emotions it evokes, and the playful tone typical of Roald Dahl's writing.

I would recommend this to children for two reasons. First, it is a great example of the kind of loving, intimate relationship a boy can share with his father, no matter what his family situation is like. This book would be especially effective for a child who does not have that kind
Ben Phillips
Danny the Champion of the World is about a 9 year old boy (Danny) who lives in an old rickety traveller’s caravan with his father (William) who owns a small petrol station and garage on an old dusty road.

Danny helps his father to fix cars, serve petrol and spend all their free time together. Then, one night, Danny discovers that his father has a secret that he has managed to keep hidden from him. That secret (pheasant poaching) causes Danny and his father to outwit the mean Mr. Victor Hazell wh
Danny adalah seorang anak laki-laki yang tidak punya ibu. Ibunya meninggal ketika Danny masih bayi. Danny hanya punya ayah, dan mereka berdua tinggal di sebuah karavan tua yang dulu digunakan oleh kaum gipsi. Meskipun nggak punya ibu dan hidup mereka pas-pasan, Danny nggak sekalipun merasa kekurangan. Kenapa? Karena ia memiliki ayah terhebat di seluruh dunia... (*^^*)

Ayah Danny adalah seorang montir. Ia punya sebuah bengkel kecil di dekat karavannya. Meskipun kecil, tapi ia adalah montir yang s
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,
When you grow up
And have children of your own
Do please remember
Something important

A stodgy parent is no fun at all

What a child wants
And deserves
Is a parent who is


…and with that li’l post-script, Roald Dahl sums up the essence of ‘Danny the Champion of the World'.

Danny is a small boy, living with his father in an ancient gipsy caravan. They run a filling-station and lead an idyllic life in the countryside. Danny’s father is a fount of interesting ideas and information. Everyday brings som
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This is one of Roald Dahl’s books I have read and before reading this book, I have read his book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. The main characters in “Danny the Champion of the World” book are Danny and his father William. They both lived in an old gipsy caravan at the filling station. The best part in the story was when Danny came up with creative idea of poaching a large number of pheasants and it fortunately worked on pheasants before the shooting party. The part I didn’t like in the s ...more
I found this unusual for a Dahl book early on. First of all, it's in first person, which I've never seen Dahl utilize. Second of all, I was baffled when Danny's dad started going on about the wonders of poaching and teaching his son to steal and kill. What the? But the climax is really what makes it, showing that stealing is wrong, even if it's from the nastiest people, and that sometimes freedom can lead us to great choices. I would say this is one for advanced Dahl hounds like me: only read it ...more
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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.” 240 likes
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