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Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
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Jun 12, 09

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I read this chapter book to my son recently, and he liked it a lot. It was actually my copy from when I was young; I loved most of the Roald Dahl books, but don't now remember actually having read this one. With my son, I'd already read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. I am waiting a bit for The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar. This book is not as fantastical as these other titles—everything that happens is solidly within the realm of the plausible, even if somewhat farfetched—but it's no less entertaining. My only zone of discomfort is with the central activity in the book: poaching pheasants. The birds are not poached with guns; actually, they are saved from a shooting party, which makes the poachers seem more heroic in delivering comeuppance to the area's most pompous aristocrat. But poaching is poaching, which is a nicer sounding word for stealing. Not sure I like this activity made to sound so alluring and acceptable. But, rather than suppress the story on these grounds, I am more inclined to use it as an occasion for discussion. I do have to say that the basic father-son relationship, which is one of devotion and hero-worship, is touching, and it's true that the two are clever, creative, and have their hearts in the right place.
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