I didn't exactly hate it, but it's not something I would go out of my way to re-read. j.a.c. It's a brilliant story about the loving relationship between Danny and his father. Three cheers for Danny!  Time included the novel in its list of the 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time.. In this version, he is named William Smith and the film's action takes place in 1955, as opposed to the original book's 1970s setting. [Mr. Hazell was like, "GET THOSE PHEASANTS OFF MY CAR!!!! Danny describes being caned by his teacher, Captain Lancaster, for cheating in an exam. Here’s Roald Dahl’s famous story about a 9-year-old boy, his dad, and a daring and hilarious pheasant-snatching, 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. Danny's Mum died ages ago and it's just the two of them and they are very happy together. Helpful. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Not my daughter, however. Sparkly! What a wonderful mind Ronald Dahl had. 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. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Film was good too. Long and boring, the worst of combinations. This was one of the Roald Dahl stories that I hadn't read as a child, so it was nice to read it with fresh and new eyes, having zero expectations. Non a mia figlia però. What's so fun about trying to steal a couple of stupid birds when the consequences include going to jail or getting shot? The book was adapted into a made-for-TV movie in 1989 by Thames Television. Samways. I just bought this for my 7yr old... unsure if appropriate? Admittedly there is a huge madcap caper at the end, but it never truly pushes the boundaries of believability. This is similar to an experience that Dahl recounted of his own teacher, Captain Hardcastle, in Boy: Tales of Childhood. All that crap Danny's father talks about poaching being an art. I remember how I envied Danny when he got to drive the vehicle. My God! That's it. But mixed in with the awful fear was a glorious feeling of excitement. Please try again. But this is the Roald Dahl book that has stayed with me, and a lot of other people I've met along the way. The original story has a similar premise, but with adults as the main characters. Or perhaps akin to when I've downed a mug of hot chocolate. I thought this book was a really good book. Books like this spark a child's imagination and help develop a love of reading. Price New from Used from Paperback "Please retry" $12.99 . I love the bond the father has with his son, I love the drawings, I love the coziness of the caravan, and I love the great poaching adventure that the father and son embark on. Danny drives to the property and finds his father in a trap, incapacitated by a broken ankle. Comment Report abuse. . Nope. Family bonding, much happiness. . by Knopf Books for Young Readers. After having successfully captured 120 pheasants from Hazell's Wood, Danny and his father take a taxi (driven by a fellow poacher) to the local vicarage, where they hide the pheasants. Despite having read pretty much all of Roald Dahl's other books, I had not read this one until recently. Danny and his father decide to humiliate Mr Hazell by capturing all the pheasants in the forest. For other uses, see, The Champion of the World (disambiguation), Over to You: Ten Stories of Flyers and Flying, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life: The Country Stories of Roald Dahl, The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl, Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Danny,_the_Champion_of_the_World&oldid=987487424, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz work identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 7 November 2020, at 10:55. Danny: The Champion of the World, Roald Dahl Danny, the Champion of the World is a 1975 children's book by Roald Dahl.